State policy

What If Higher Ed Funds Don't Help Economy?

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Greater prosperity requires more jobs, and more jobs require more economic growth. And the best way to do that, this chain of reasoning continues, is to make investments in higher education and high-tech research. How else to cultivate the next generation of highly skilled, motivated workers for today's ever-dynamic information economy?

That view -- promoted by college presidents, governors and experts in the economics of higher education -- is often cited in the quest for more funding for state university systems. But what if it's wrong?

Who Controls Community College Budgets?

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In New York, state's highest court upholds word change that gives university system more authority and counties a little less.

Debate Under Duress in California

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With law regulating for-profit higher education now inoperable, efforts to replace it face resistance even as legislators approve one solution.

State Student Aid Spending Up 7%

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Annual survey finds non-grant aid growing faster than need-based scholarships.

State Leaders Tackle Unit Records, Remediation

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At forum held by Education Commission of the States, policy makers grapple with tough higher ed issues.

Battle Lines in Florida

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Tuition disputes, budget shortfall and continued growth combine to create a mess for higher ed.

California's Regulatory Meltdown

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When a California bureau charged with regulating the state’s for-profit institutions closed down July 1, the concept of “state approval” became theoretical, if only for a short time.

When the Balance in Funding Suddenly Shifts

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A recent veto in Texas shakes up the community colleges, and sheds light on how the traditional funding formulas are increasingly unraveling.

Discouraging 'Course Fishing'

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Policies that allow students to try out courses and drop them by a certain deadline are a time-honored way for colleges to encourage students to sign up for classes they're not sure about or get out of ones they don't like. But the policies are sometimes manipulated by students hunting for easy A's or a sure-to-pass course in ways that can cause headaches for faculty and administrators.

Search for Consensus in California

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Debate over regulating for-profit colleges seems as intractable as ever as two new proposals for overseeing the sector circulate.

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