State policy

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.

New Front in Florida's Budget Wars

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In Florida, where budget shortfalls are hitting higher education particularly hard, the public universities are going to battle with the Legislature over the power to raise tuition and freeze freshman enrollment.

Un-complicating Community College Transfer

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New Jersey governor signs a law mandating that the state's four-year public institutions fully accept credits from completed associate degrees.

Michigan's Government Showdown -- or Shutdown?

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Michigan’s colleges and universities, already down millions in deferred state payments, are facing an incredibly uncertain fiscal climate. As legislators in Lansing bicker over a $1.75 billion statewide deficit, the threat of a government shutdown starting on Monday looms.

Privacy and Politics

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Wisconsin-Madison criticized for using financial aid data for political purposes -- but officials say concerns only distract attention from a big budget impasse.

Explaining State Spending on Higher Ed

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New study tracks variables affecting appropriations for colleges and universities over a 20-year period.

More Money -- at What Cost?

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A ballot initiative in California seeks to modify the funding formula for community colleges, but some question whether it would compound budget problems.

Closing the College Achievement Gap

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19 university systems join new effort to improve college-going and graduation rates of low-income and minority students -- vowing to halve existing disparities within 8 years.

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