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Delayed state payments cause headaches for Illinois public universities

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For three years, Illinois has delayed payments to public colleges, presenting a different sort of budgeting problem for administrators.

Cornell and Technion's win in New York competition reflects desire to grow urban ties

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Cornell's victory in New York City competition, and its intense desire to win, show the importance of urban ties for the future of research universities.

Groups band together to improve transfer pathways for community college students

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Improved transfer pathways from community colleges to four-year institutions may be the best answer to America's college completion woes, say three influential groups that will prod states and colleges on transfer.

Nonacademic skills test from ETS fills in blanks on student's likelihood of success

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Colleges are using a nonacademic skills test from ETS to try to boost graduation rates and in remedial course placement. One university gives the test to all its athletes.

Educational spending by public universities increases despite state disinvestment

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Public universities are increasing educational spending even as their overall revenue declines, largely due to state funding cuts.

Officials at 11 partnering universities share strategies for helping students graduate

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As one student success program at the University of Texas at Austin thrives, officials at partner institutions in the University Innovation Alliance examine what might work best on their own campuses.

California governor's budget increase would prevent controversial tuition hikes at UC

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California governor proposes funding increases for public colleges, averting showdown with the University of California over tuition hikes, but Cal State faculty remain unhappy.

Study finds link between cuts in state budgets and out-of-state enrollment

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Study finds that cuts in state spending are linked to increases in out-of-state enrollment at public universities -- especially research institutions.

Does privatizing public higher education necessarily undermine the public good?

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New book acknowledges the drift by public colleges as state funding has flattened and in some cases fallen -- but argues that the trend does not mean the institutions must abandon their missions.

University Innovation Alliance kicks off with big completion goals

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A new group of 11 public research universities says it can set aside competition and prestige-chasing to work together to graduate more low-income students.

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