State policy

Largess for Louisiana's Colleges

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."

Who Controls Textbook Choices?

U. of North Carolina may adopt systemwide rules limiting faculty options. Students like the idea, but some professors don't.

Paying by the Program

Public institutions nationwide are increasingly varying undergraduate tuition rates by major.

Fighting to Keep a Medical Center Public

SUNY faculty union files suit to block a privatization plan.

Going After 'Double Dippers'

It's an oddity of Alabama's governance structure that a college administrator who serves below the president could be in a position to direct funds to the institution and its leaders -- his or her bosses. In other words, the state allows employees of colleges and other public entities to also serve in government -- creating what has long been a sticky situation.

Textbook Battle's New Frontier

Throughout their textbook affordability campaign, the State Public Interest Research Groups have rallied around the issue of transparency. Along with complaints that publishers unnecessarily release new textbook editions and bump up the price with "bundled" materials is the charge that these companies aren't forthcoming about textbook pricing.

Intellectual Diversity or Intellectual Insult?

Missouri House bill would force colleges to report on campus climate, with suggestion that they protect Biblical inerrancy.

Great(er) Expectations

New report shows increases in number of states aligning high school and college curriculums and raising standards.

Muddled Outcome on Transfer of Credit

U.S. negotiating panel formally rejects proposal for new policy for accreditors, but for-profit college officials perceive victory.

Who Pays for the Vets?

Debate over who should fund an Illinois program of free tuition for military personnel grows as more public colleges shoulder the costs.


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