Flagship publics

(Not) Crossing the Finish Line

New book finds large gaps in graduation rates at flagship universities, raising questions about how rates are measured, standardized tests, "mismatch" critique of affirmative action, community colleges, and more.

The Price of Wage Concessions

Faculty agreement to delay raises at Rutgers came with the realities of the recession and specific pledges on working conditions and financial transparency.

Mentoring, Texas-Style

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.

'Wannabe U'

Want to know what faculty members really think about administrators these days? You may want to check out Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University (University of Chicago Press).

Out-of-State Dreams

Can more non-resident students (who pay higher tuition) balance budgets of flagship universities? A growing number of institutions think so. Some experts doubt the plans will work; others fear a shift in values.

Prerequisite: Experience in War

As veterans try to take advantage of the new GI Bill, Ohio State introduces courses only open to students who've served in the military.

'Saving Alma Mater'

The system for financing public higher education is broken -- and not just because of the recession, according to James C. Garland. Having served 10 years as president of Miami University of Ohio, from which he retired in 2006, and 26 years as a professor and administrator at Ohio State University, Garland spent his career in public higher education. And that left him convinced that the sector is absolutely essential -- and operating under many of the wrong incentives.

Porn, Without Protection

Citing First Amendment, Maryland’s public universities defy legislature’s demands for a policy barring the use of public facilities for the display of obscene materials.

Funding Publics

U. of California's Yudof, other public presidents turn to the federal government for financial support.

Freezer Burn

Tuition freezes may be politically popular, and even appropriate in emergencies, but they often lead to dramatic hikes in future years.


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