State policy

State support for higher education increased in 2016, not counting Illinois

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Support for public higher education rose in 33 states and declined in 17 in 2016 -- including a massive drop in Illinois.

Mergers haven't been part of Pennsylvania public higher ed's past. Might the future be different?

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Politics, geography and history all prevent the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education from following Georgia's consolidation path.

Texas bill could force campus police to play role in immigration matters

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Texas legislation could force campus police departments to hold on to those they arrest until federal immigration authorities can consider their legal status.

States report 3.4 percent increase in higher education appropriations

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Appropriations for higher education increased in more than three-quarters of states in 2016-17.

State-funded student aid rises

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Grant aid grew by 5.7 percent and nongrant aid grew by more than 7 percent in 2014-15 fiscal year.

Judge blocks Kentucky governor from overhauling Louisville board

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Kentucky's governor improperly served as "judge, jury and executioner" in abolishing University of Louisville's Board of Trustees, a state court finds.

Papers call for more targeted use of state funding for public colleges

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State dollars for public higher education would go farther, prominent researchers argue, if more of it went to open-access colleges and need-based aid.

Higher ed, contentious issue in recent years, flies under radar in North Carolina governor's race

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North Carolina has no shortage of higher education issues, but its gubernatorial candidates haven't been talking about them -- reflecting races across the country.

New California budget increases higher education funding, on one condition

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To receive portions of the money allocated to them in the new state budget, California's public universities will need to admit more in-state students.

New taxes helped City College of San Francisco survive, but that revenue dries up soon

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Taxpayers in California and San Francisco helped City College sort out its accreditation crisis and loss of a third of its students. But the new money runs dry soon, and faculty plan strike next week over brewing budget fight.

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