Competing Completion Initiatives

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Educators lobby Congress to approve President’s $2.5 billion College Access and Completion Fund, as they compare and contrast varying state efforts that would benefit from federal dollars.

Transfer, Texas Style

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Educators in Lone Star State trade ideas on how to get more community college students into four-year programs.

Texas Limits '10%' Admissions

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The "10 percent" plan in Texas has been one of the most successful experiments ever tried to get more minority students into top public universities with race-neutral criteria. It spawned similar (if less ambitious) programs in California and Florida and prompted numerous debates about equity in higher education admissions.

Court Win for Affirmative Action

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Federal judge upholds University of Texas' consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions.

Mentoring, Texas-Style

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A five-year-old program at the University of Texas at Austin pairs undergraduates considering graduate school with graduate students -- and seems to be working.

Colleges Win on Election Night

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Voters in Texas back expansion of research universities, while tax measures that higher ed opposed fail in Maine and Washington.

A Tale of Two Cities

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Dissecting fall enrollments in Pittsburgh and Dallas, we find that public colleges boomed and independent institutions mostly held on, thanks to rising tide (and more merit aid).

Texas Kills Its TeleCampus

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The University of Texas System announced Thursday that it would shutter its pioneering UT TeleCampus, laying off 23 employees and reconfiguring the online education entity into a smaller operation within the system's central office.

Retooling Remediation

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Six states that are trying to revamp remedial education are focusing as much on what happens outside of the classroom – in state policies – as inside. Among the targets for change are state funding formulas and individual course rules.

Community College Guides

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SEATTLE – Since its inception three years ago, the National College Advising Corps has dispatched recent college graduates from about a dozen states to help low-income and other disadvantaged students in their communities enroll in four-year institutions. In most participating states, however, advisers primarily reach out to high school students applying to college.


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