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The Utah state capitol building

Governing State Governing Boards

Utah revamped its Board of Higher Education to emphasize more centralized oversight. Some other states are doing the same, leading some observers to wonder if the decisions are being driven by politics or efficiency.

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DEI Standoff Derails a State Budget

Wisconsin Republicans want to slash funding to the University of Wisconsin over DEI efforts, but Democrats are defiant. The stalemate has put the entire state budget on ice.

A Unity student pictured with exotic birds

An Online Pivot Pays Off

Unity College enrolled well under 1,000 students a decade ago. Now, renamed Unity Environmental University, enrollment has soared to more than 7,500, thanks to its emphasis on online education.

A light-skinned man in a suit and tie with gray hair stands in front of the North Carolina state flag

Seeking Bipartisan Governance in North Carolina

A state commission proposed overhauling UNC governing board appointments to reduce partisanship, but some say lawmakers have few incentives to remove politics from the system.

A landscape drawing of three green rolling hills.
Opinion

The Hills on Which We (Used to) Die

College leaders need to know which hills they’ll be prepared to lose their careers over—and then show up to defend them, John C. Cavanaugh writes.

A photo of Les Wong, wearing purple academic regalia, speaking at a college event

Controversy Mars Connecticut College Hire

Connecticut College hired a trustee as interim president after a search led by another trustee’s firm. Now faculty are raising concerns about the opaque process.