State policy

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.

Tethering Students to Their States

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Indiana and Wisconsin consider dramatic proposals to combat brain drain -- far beyond incentives to stay in state for higher education.

Automatic Access or Raised Retention?

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U. of Kansas says statewide admissions standards hurt retention, but formulas seen as assuring access in line with open admissions legacy.

Cracking Down on the Unaccredited

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With Mississippi and Alabama strengthening regulations, some for-profit institutions may soon find themselves with fewer potential homes.

Higher Ed and the High Schools

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College and state leaders gather to discuss better aligning K-12 and postsecondary ed, a problem some see as intractable.

Access and Success -- Is it Either/Or?

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Researchers say California policies on community colleges, with focus on access, have inadvertently built barriers to degree completion.

Merit Aid on the Defensive (Publicly)

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Panelists at meeting of college presidents overwhelmingly criticize the practice, though studies show it has been on the upswing.

An In-State Tuition Debate

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State by state, leaders consider the thorny question of whether students living there illegally should pay in-state fees.

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