State policy

Training Public Trustees

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The boards of state colleges and universities need to consider policy changes to become more effective, a new report says.

Major Quotas

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Florida board moves toward requiring specific percentages of undergraduates to specialize in certain areas that the state needs.

Pitfall of Public-College Privatization

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Drive for independence could hurt the creditworthiness of lower-tier state institutions, Standard & Poor's warns.

2 vs. 4

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After long legislative fight, Arizona lawmakers turn back bid by community colleges to offer four-year degrees.

Texas and the 10% Plan

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Legislators pass competing proposals to revamp the law that guarantees admission to students based on high school class rank.

A Real Land Grant for U. of Alaska

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Legislature passes bill to provide huge increase in holdings of university system.

State Spending on Student Aid Up 6%

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Increase for need-based aid outpaces increase for merit aid, which has become very popular in state legislatures.

The Decline of Affirmative Action

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New data document dramatic drop -- especially at public institutions -- in percentage of colleges that consider minority status in admissions.

Taking Aim at Student Sex

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Wisconsin legislators approve a bill barring campus health centers from dispensing the "morning after" contraception pill.

Report Criticizes Lack of Data on For-Profit Students

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Agencies should push for more and better information on completion and job placement rates, consumer group says.

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