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Wisconsin system's budget reserves become target for lawmakers

State lawmakers say the U. of Wisconsin system’s budget balances are excessive. Higher education officials say that criticism is a misreading of how university budgets work. It’s not the first such conflict, and it won’t be the last.

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp to become provost at Washington University in St. Louis

Outgoing chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill will become provost at Washington University, an uncommon move that reinforces a trend of public university administrators finding a home in private higher ed.

University of California rethinks how it funds campuses

The University of California system is changing the way it funds its 10 campuses to equalize per-student appropriations.

North Carolina governor joins chorus of Republicans critical of liberal arts

North Carolina governor becomes the latest Republican to question the value of liberal arts, push more vocational training and target the state's flagship.

Nonprofit colleges spark new competition online, study finds

Nonprofit colleges are moving into for-profits' turf online, study finds, sparking new competition based on price and brand.

Med schools are a target for universities seeking prestige and new revenues

Several prominent universities, driven by revenue and prestige concerns, are building or merging with medical schools at a furious pace.

U.Va. and other leadership controversies show that tenured faculty can still wield influence

U.Va. controversy and other leadership disputes show that, in particular instances, organized, tenured professors can still wield significant influence in direction of institutions.

Trustees are different than they used to be, and U.Va.-like clashes will be more common

Boards are different than they used to be. Expect more incidents like the one at the University of Virginia.

U.Va. board reinstates president Sullivan and prepares for strategic planning effort

U.Va. reinstates Sullivan as president and sets the stage for a major strategic planning effort to answer many questions facing the institution -- and all public universities.

U. of Texas community college leadership program's founder moves to for-profit

Founder of UT-Austin's community college leadership program, the field's big fish, is moving to a for-profit, fueling worries about the future of the program's affiliates, NISOD and CCCSE.


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