Flagship publics

California Considers a Cap on Spending

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College officials, especially at 2-year institutions, fear the effects -- and see Colorado as a cautionary tale.

New Politics of Race at Berkeley

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As Asian enrollment nears 50 percent of freshman class, ethnic groups on campus face new demographics and new issues.

Moving Beyond Test Scores

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Following a large drop in admitting black freshmen, U. of Kentucky changes its admissions procedures to emphasize diversity.

Lowering the Flag(ship)

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Arizona State plans to do away with its “main” campus by giving each of its branches a unique identity.

'Solutions for Our Future'

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Nearly every gathering of college officials these days reveals at least an undercurrent of concern, if not a full blown anxiety fest, about the public’s heightened scrutiny of and skepticism about higher education.

Filled to the Brim

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The biggest campuses -- those in the 50,000 student range -- are self-conscious about their size.

Hoosier Shake-Up

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Indiana U. president, under fire from faculty, will leave in 2 years -- and issues restructuring plan that wins praise from his Bloomington critics.

Cornell Turns to Iowa (Again) for a President

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David Skorton says he hopes to emphasize undergraduate education and uniting university's campuses and programs.

Flexibility Required

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Ohio State and UT-Austin -- 2 of the largest universities in U.S. -- may revamp requirements with theme-based sequences.

'The True Genius of America at Risk'

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Public universities in the United States may be at a turning point, write Katharine C. Lyall and Kathleen R. Sell in The True Genius of America at Risk: Are We Losing Our Public Universities to De Facto Privatization? (Praeger). The new book comes at a time that many leading public universities are conducting billion-dollar fund raising campaigns while finding it difficult to match their states' ambitions with legislative appropriations.

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