State policy

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.

Fixing Higher Ed, Legislator-Style

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Report from panel of state lawmakers, the latest to critique American higher education, points the finger in an unusual direction: inward.

State Spending Continues to Climb

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Appropriations for higher education rose in virtually all states, with only New Jersey and Montana showing declines.

Battle of the Boards

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State and local community college panels in North Carolina tangle over a range of oversight issues.

Ethics Rules and Corporate Gifts

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Public institutions feel a pinch as the state of Connecticut tightens regulations governing donations by companies.

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