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UVa Aid Policy Gets a Facelift

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A year ago, the University of Virginia joined the growing list of selective institutions altering their financial aid policies to make them friendlier to students from low-income families. Now it has decided that it needs to do even more, and do it sooner, than originally planned.

Setting the Rules on Free Expression

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Federal appeals court ruling on U. of Arkansas helps clarify what public colleges can and can't do in regulating use of their campuses.

Penn State President Blocks Art Censorship

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Student's exhibit had been called off because his paintings criticizing Palestinian terrorists were viewed as offensive.

Facing Down the 'Snob Factor'

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For years, education experts have been saying that community colleges offer an underutilized path in higher education. States spend less money per student there and tuition is much lower. The institutions' emphasis on teaching and on recruiting low-income and minority students means that they reach and graduate many students overlooked by flagships or who can't afford them. While many efforts in recent years have tried to ease transfer from two- to four-year institutions, elite colleges haven't always been part of the equation.

Penn State Wears Prada

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Glossy fashion spreads, contracts with reality shows, and intense teen promotions have increased interest in the university, but can glitz get you more applicants?

Closed Doors

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Study documents the increasing difficulty of transferring to elite private institutions from community colleges.

Accountability Proposal Evolves

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State college groups flesh out plan for members to make public a "bundle of information" about learning climate and student outcomes.

'Privatization and Public Universities'

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The cover of Privatization and Public Universities features a brick campus wall with a "For Sale" sign taped to it. The collection of essays arrives from Indiana University Press at a time that many fear that public universities and their values may indeed be for sale -- as states pull back from their role providing both funds and leadership for public higher education. Two scholars of higher education -- Edward P. St. John of the University of Michigan and Douglas M.

The New State U.

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U. of Illinois plans huge expansion of online efforts -- going for-profit, with non-tenured professors. Faculty leaders are divided on the push.

New Approach to Aid

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U. of Washington's plan to cover all tuition and fees for those up to 235 percent of U.S. poverty level could change student demographics.

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