Two-year colleges in Illinois and other states lean on local government for funding

Illinois leads list of states where community colleges already get only a single-digit percentage of their budgets from the state, and more cuts may be on the way.

Associate degree program requirements typically top 60 credits

Community colleges often require more than 60 credits for associate degrees, which could be a barrier to graduation for some students.

Statewide reverse transfer catches on, could boost graduation rates

Statewide reverse transfer agreements, in which four-year colleges grant associate degrees to students who transfer from community colleges, are spreading. The process isn't easy, but could help students and graduation rates.

UMUC faculty were unhappy with president before she was placed on leave

At U. of Maryland University College, often held up as a model institution, faculty expressed concerns about president's leadership long before she was placed on leave last week.

Book explores life at elite Maryland art college

A new book watches students push boundaries and develop artistic visions.

Montgomery College follows remedial math revolution

New Montgomery College math lab takes increasingly popular "emporium" approach to remedial math, where professors change their role to boost student success.

The Maryland Blend

A state university system's bid to help undergraduates finish in four years is expected to lead to a boom in "hybrid" distance education.

In the Hot Seat

Chairman of Maryland public university board is third since 1999 to face questions of ethics.

Race and Fairness

Maryland Senate's push to kill an M.B.A. program raises questions about the goals of desegregation and of state universities.

The Students Weigh In

Loan scandals are just barely on many students' radar screens -- but say the word "loan," and they care (at least a little bit).


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