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California's Transfer 'Mismatch'

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Latino students are more likely than others to start their college educations at community colleges. A new report from California documents the difficulties many of those students have moving on to four-year institutions and draws attention to the long-term impact low transfer rates could have on Latino degree achievement.

Navigating the Mammoth University

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U. of Minnesota expands its orientation for new faculty members from 2 hours to 3 days, and gets rave reviews.

State Appropriations Are Up ... for Now

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Spending on colleges grew 7.5% for 2008, the largest percentage hike in a decade, but deficits in many states suggest tighter years are ahead. New California budget plan worries educators.

Beyond the Need/Merit Split

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Divide between the two kinds of financial aid is less clearcut than many think, according to new study of public flagship universities.

The Competition to Be Transparent

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Long criticized for providing too little information about their prices and performance, college groups are now pouring (often overlapping) information onto the Internet.

Online Campus, Part II: The Spinoff

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University of Illinois proposes seeking independent accreditation for its underperforming Global Campus unit in effort to gain flexibility and expand offerings.

New Chief for State College Group

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President of SUNY's Buffalo State College becomes first minority leader of one of Washington's six major higher education associations.

Following the Money in New Mexico

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Questions about administrative growth, use of resources, "corporatization," and shared governance are at root of faculty-administration conflicts.

Gee's Take on Gee

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From 2+2 to 3+1

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Arizona regent floats idea of dealing with space and money crunch by creating programs in which students work through end of junior year at community college, and then pick up bachelor's after one year at a university.

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