State policy

GAO report finds state education and workforce databases lacking

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Despite $640 million in federal spending, many holes remain in state databases that try to link college outcomes to the employment market.

Employees at Pennsylvania colleges subject to new background check

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College employees in Pennsylvania who work with minors will have to pass regularly scheduled background checks under state's new child protection laws.

Massachusetts higher ed officials want a half billion dollars and better respect

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Higher ed officials in Massachusetts, where private colleges have long dominated, ask for a major investment in the public system.

How to reverse and prevent state disinvestment in higher education

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Documenting state disinvestment in public higher ed (and especially community colleges), think tank report urges new federal-state "compact."

 

As state student aid spending plateaus, need-based grants get a boost

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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. 

New data from Virginia agency tracks graduate earnings two decades later

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Virginia releases the first detailed look at mid-career earnings of college graduates, but the report warns against broad, oversimplified conclusions about the data.

Report on unintended consequences of lottery-based scholarships and how to fix them

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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.

Online learning push continues in California, but with approach faculty groups appreciate

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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.

Federal scrutiny of campus sexual assaults spills into the states

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Federal attention to colleges’ handling of sexual assaults is spilling over to a handful of statehouses, where lawmakers are proposing new legislation to curb incidents and looking to convene best practices. 

Bill Haslam's free community college plan and how Tennessee is grabbing the spotlight in higher education policy

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Tennessee's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, is big on accountability in higher education -- and he backs it up with state funding. He also staked his legacy to making community college tuition-free.

 

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