After seven years and half a billion dollars, the Gates Foundation announces its four priority areas for college completion policies and plans to release a data framework for measuring performance in higher education.
Governor Scott Walker wants to remove $300 million from university system, and offers campuses more autonomy in return. But higher ed leaders say the trade isn't nearly enough to offset the cuts.
Three public college associations release draft discussion guide for how to measure student success after college.
Despite $640 million in federal spending, many holes remain in state databases that try to link college outcomes to the employment market.
College employees in Pennsylvania who work with minors will have to pass regularly scheduled background checks under state's new child protection laws.
Higher ed officials in Massachusetts, where private colleges have long dominated, ask for a major investment in the public system.
Documenting state disinvestment in public higher ed (and especially community colleges), think tank report urges new federal-state "compact."
States last year kept their spending on student aid roughly the same -- but they invested more heavily in grant programs based on financial need rather than merit.
Lottery-based scholarships are popular and bring benefits, but often accompany other budget cuts and can fail to benefit students who most need funds, new report finds.
California's Democratic leaders have taken a gentler approach in push for the state's colleges to get creative with online courses, including with a $50 million award fund.
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