State policy

University of Maryland University College will change name and spend big to grow national footprint

The online university will become University of Maryland Global Campus and spend $500 million to grow nationally, while some in the Maryland system mull whether the university could help run online programs for other campuses.

Massachusetts regulators propose efforts to protect students from unexpected college closures

Massachusetts takes a swing at regulating small colleges at risk of shutting down in order to better protect students. Institutions at risk would have to be public about their financial vulnerabilities 18 months before a possible closure.

State support for higher ed rises 3.7 percent, improves over 2017

Latest annual survey finds state support for higher education rose 3.7 percent in fiscal year 2018-19, up from just 1.6 percent the previous year.

UNC, Michigan State show how partisan politics is infiltrating university governance

As disputes at North Carolina and Michigan State take partisan overtones, can boards, leaders, faculty members and lawmakers back away from polarization to lead public universities effectively?

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 work?

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.

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