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