States

Potential Boon for California Higher Ed

As colleges' plead for help, governor proposes constitutional amendment to ensure public universities get at least 10 percent of state funds. Plan is a long shot, but a symbolic boost.

Governors Push College Completion

President Obama has used his bully pulpit to focus attention on the "college completion" agenda like no one else can. But if the United States is actually going to make meaningful progress on increasing the number of Americans with college credentials, it's going to be up to the states -- whose public institutions enroll roughly four of every five students -- to get the job done. And systemic change in the states will occur only if their chief executives -- governors -- get with the program.

The Role of the Regions

MINNEAPOLIS -- If the United States is to have even an outside chance of reaching the goal that President Obama has set for college completion -- and heck, many people are still talking as though that's feasible, despite what seem like impossibly long odds -- it will take enormous work, and it's not entirely clear who will lead.

Shift in the Statehouses

Republican gains among governors could heighten budgetary challenges for public colleges and their students; Ohio's reforms threatened.

No Grades for States This Year

Biennial "Measuring Up" report card on higher education progress won't be published this year, as founder looks for a new home and new backers for it.

Setting State Targets

As the "completion agenda" advances, systems of community colleges are agreeing on ambitious goals for increasing number of graduates. Are the plans realistic?

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