State policy

Good Years Before the Bad

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Annual analysis of state and local support finds healthy increase for fiscal 2007, but long-term rise in reliance on tuition.

Prisons vs. Colleges

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5 states spend at least as much on corrections as on higher education, survey finds.

A State Senator's Sweet Deal

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Evelyn J. Lynn has spent much of her professional career as an educator, putting in 30 years as a teacher and administrator in the schools of Florida’s Volusia County and earning a doctorate in instructional leadership and administration from the University of Florida. So it's no stunner that when Florida State University sought someone to help get a new outreach center for its Florida Center for Reading Research on Lynn's home turf of Daytona Beach, they hired her for the nearly $120,000 position, which she began in September.

Florida Lawmaker to Forgo Pay in University Job

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Days after Inside Higher Ed reported on state senator's $10,000-a-month arrangement with center she helped the state create, she says she'll work as a volunteer.

Doomed to Disappoint Justice O'Connor

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Five years ago, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor saved affirmative action in public college admissions when she crafted the majority decision affirming the consideration of race in admissions by the University of Michigan's law school. While O'Connor found justifications for the (limited) consideration of race and ethnicity, she also spoke of the need for such consideration to stop at some point.

Getting Them In, Getting Them Back

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As state lawmakers look for ways to increase college access for rural students, some want to safeguard against graduates jumping to the nearest big city.

Winners and Losers in a Funding Shift

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Mississippi appropriations formula rewards increasing enrollments and programs, but some worry about how historically black colleges and other small institutions will fare.

Maintain State Spending. Or Else.

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Policy makers lobby against a Higher Education Act provision that would withhold some federal funds from states that don't sustain college appropriations.

Hoosier State Gets Coordinated

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Agreement will shift almost all associate degrees from Indiana U. to Ivy Tech, seven years after state officials first called for that change.

How States Make Use (or Not) of Community Colleges

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New analysis shows significant gaps in percentages of enrollments at 2-year institutions, as well as in growth rates and tuition policies.

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