State policy

Calif. finalizes performance funding formula for its community colleges

The biggest and perhaps least likely state to try performance funding will tie billions of dollars for community colleges to measures of student success, a plan faculty groups say will punish students and colleges.

Republicans are generally positive about higher education in new survey

New America survey finds a more nuanced, positive view of higher education among Republicans than previous surveys, but a partisan divide on who should pay for college.

State support for higher ed increased in 2017, but so did tuition revenue

Annual report on public higher education finance shows more states relying more heavily on tuition, even in a year when appropriations rose nationally.

Universities stall on ‘confusing’ distance education regulations

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Colleges seek guidance about looming federal requirement for online colleges to tell students whether academic programs meet licensing requirements in their home states.

Public universities band together on completion rates and achievement gaps

New project from land-grant university association will bring 100 institutions together to work on improving student completion rates and closing achievement gaps.

State support for higher ed grows 1.6 percent in 2018

Nationally, state support for higher education increased 1.6 percent from 2017 to 2018, its slowest growth in five years.

New study attempts to show how much state funding cuts push up tuition

For every $1,000 cut from per-student state and local appropriations, the average student can be expected to pay $257 more per year in tuition and fees -- and the rate is rising.

State aid program changes debated in several capitals

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In several states, proposals seek to curb or end expensive grant programs that aren’t going to those who are most in need.

State support for higher education increased in 2016, not counting Illinois

Support for public higher education rose in 33 states and declined in 17 in 2016 -- including a massive drop in Illinois.

Mergers haven't been part of Pennsylvania public higher ed's past. Might the future be different?

Politics, geography and history all prevent the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education from following Georgia's consolidation path.

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