State policy

After tuition hike, Minnesota sees fewer out-of-state students

As states compete for a shrinking group of freshmen, historic out-of-state tuition premiums may no longer be a sure source of income for state higher ed systems.

Growing number of Democrats run on free college, pushing issue into mainstream

A growing number of Democratic candidates at the state and federal level are running on free college. But there's a sharp divide within the party and liberal policy circles over the concept.

New reports show free tuition programs may not help low-income students as much as expected

Two nonpartisan research groups are urging policy makers to examine the details of tuition-free programs and make them more financially helpful for low-income students.

Will politicians' latest try overhaul public higher ed governance in North Dakota?

North Dakota governor moves toward revamping board of higher education, citing "powerful economic forces," but overhaul is a hard sell.

Massachusetts debates new regulatory requirements on private colleges in the wake of Mount Ida's closure

After Mount Ida College closure, Massachusetts proposals grapple with whether colleges should disclose shutdown possibilities and when regulators should step in.

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.

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