State policy

Ohio State president steered state policy for two years thanks to a relationship with the governor

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A personal relationship between Governor John Kasich and Ohio State's Gordon Gee has helped shape state higher education policy. Many institutions stand to benefit -- but Ohio State’s potential long-term gains stand out.

Appropriations increases and tuition freezes reshape state funding picture

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With many states' economies rebounding, lawmakers are increasing funding for higher education and holding down tuition prices. Are things returning to a pre-recession normal, or simply taking another step toward a new model?

Wisconsin system's budget reserves become target for lawmakers

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State lawmakers say the U. of Wisconsin system’s budget balances are excessive. Higher education officials say that criticism is a misreading of how university budgets work. It’s not the first such conflict, and it won’t be the last.

The state of state funding of higher education

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Report on the fiscal environment for public higher education sees the status quo as unsustainable and urges greater collaboration between college leaders and state policy makers.

U of Texas political tensions to come to a head in legislative hearings this spring

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Years of tension between state policy makers and administrators at the University of Texas at Austin could come to a head in a series of legislative battles this spring.

University of California rethinks how it funds campuses

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The University of California system is changing the way it funds its 10 campuses to equalize per-student appropriations.

State appropriations for higher education up in 31 states, report says

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State appropriations for higher education increased in 31 states last year, according to new report, though the gains were small in most, reflecting broader economic shifts.

Legislator pressure leads North Dakota State to freeze Planned Parenthood grant

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North Dakota State U. wins $1.2 million grant for a sex education program, then -- after legislators protest -- says it might be illegal to use the money. Faculty accuse administrators of sacrificing academic freedom.

WICHE report highlights decline in high school graduates and growing diversity

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Decrease in high school graduates and growth of minority groups will put increased pressure on states to rethink policies and institutions to improve recruitment, retention and outreach to new student populations, according to new report.

Texas, Florida, and Wisconsin governors see large overlap in higher education platforms

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Overlap in agendas for governors of Wisconsin, Florida, and Texas hints at a new Republican approach to higher education.

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