State policy

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.

A U.S. News Effect on College Funding?

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Academic paper finds that public universities included in the annual rankings saw an increase in state appropriations.

California's Low Tuition Model Questioned

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As most of American higher education has over time abandoned the idea that the best way to ensure access to college is by keeping tuitions low, California has clung to the principle as it was laid out in the state's 1960 master plan for higher education. To this day, students at its community colleges pay by far the country's lowest "fees" (a phrase the state uses in lieu of tuition).

Rebound in Higher Ed Support

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Constant state and local dollars for public colleges rose in 2006, but five-year picture points to underlying financial problems.

Largess for Louisiana's Colleges

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Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco on Thursday proposed pouring more than $200 million in new funds into the state's public higher education system in 2008, part of what she called "the single largest increased investment in education in Louisiana's recent history."

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