State policy

Privacy and Politics

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

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

More Money -- at What Cost?

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

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.

A College-Friendly Take on Rising Prices

Hearing on rising tuitions, normally a scary topic for higher ed officials, treads gently and focuses on proposal to ensure better state funding of public colleges.

Lobbying Relationship Exposed and Questioned

Head of government affairs for Connecticut State U. and key legislator started romance while working on $1 billion bond package.

Tennessee Reconsiders Tilt to Merit Aid

Proposals would increase spending on need-based assistance and make it easier for low-income students to hold on to grants.

Outsourcing Remedial Ed

Through contracts with community colleges, four-year institutions are offering developmental courses on their campuses that aren't their courses at all.

What They Saw in Arkansas

16 years after Bill Clinton, another "education governor" seeks the presidency. A look at the Huckabee record on higher ed.

State Appropriations Are Up ... for Now

Spending on colleges grew 7.5% for 2008, the largest percentage hike in a decade, but deficits in many states suggest tighter years are ahead. New California budget plan worries educators.


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