State policy

Mediocre Grades for Colleges

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"Report card" on higher education finds U.S. trailing other countries -- with cost of attendance growing as problem for families.

Going Beyond 10%

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University of Texas might win approval to put controversial admissions law on hold.

A New Way for Need-Based Aid

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By requiring student contribution, Oregon aims to expand college grants for low-income students without alienating middle class.

No Free Lunch

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Study says there is a simple way to increase (or decrease) graduation rates: increase (or decrease) state appropriations.

Beyond Michigan's Race Referendum

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On election night next month, many eyes will be on Michigan, where voters will consider a proposal that would broadly ban race or sex-based affirmative action in all government programs, including college and university admissions. But while that may be the most visible state ballot measure related to higher education this year, dozens of others -- on such diverse issues as state tax and spending limits, eminent domain and gay marriage -- could significantly affect colleges and universities.

Statehouse Races and Higher Ed

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Candidates in many of this year's 36 gubernatorial elections are campaigning on costs, access and other college issues.

Recessions That Never End

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Most states still haven't restored funding levels in real dollars to where they were before 2001 downturn, report says.

Higher Ed's Election Day Showdowns

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Three years after the University of Michigan won approval from the U.S. Supreme Court to use affirmative action (in some forms) in college admissions, voters in Michigan could strip the institution of the right to consider race when admitting students.

Spending Limits Rejected

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States turn away from caps that have led to appropriations cuts for colleges; many bond plans win approval, with huge California measure ahead.

Domestic Partner Benefits Win a Round

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Ohio judge rejects challenge to Miami University's program, but holds open possibility of future challenge.

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