State policy

Accreditation Discrimination

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Wisconsin denies state financial aid to students at Christian university -- not for religious reasons, but because it is not regionally accredited.

Before the Fall

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State and local support for higher education grew 5.7 percent during the last fiscal year -- just before the economy fell apart.

A System Also Rises

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Only a decade old, Louisiana's community colleges are booming and find themselves in an unusual situation -- seen by four-year institutions as legislative favorites.

Defining 'College Ready,' Nationally

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That too many young people come out of high school ill-prepared for college or the work force is little disputed. The questions of why that's so and how to fix the situation, however, have too often resulted in finger pointing, with many college faculty members complaining that high schools are asking too little of their students and high school officials saying that colleges send mixed signals about what they want students to be able to do.

Unprecedented Demand, Dwindling Funding

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Survey of state directors of community college systems finds many experienced midyear state budget cuts last year and expect another round of such cuts in 2010.

Aggressive Plan for State Data Systems

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U.S. Senate plan would have states collect students' test scores and other information and link it to wide range of other systems.

A Leveled Playing Field

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State of Wisconsin agrees to award financial aid to students at small Christian university, reversing previous decision based on institution's accrediting status.

Out-of-State Dreams

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Can more non-resident students (who pay higher tuition) balance budgets of flagship universities? A growing number of institutions think so. Some experts doubt the plans will work; others fear a shift in values.

'Saving Alma Mater'

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The system for financing public higher education is broken -- and not just because of the recession, according to James C. Garland. Having served 10 years as president of Miami University of Ohio, from which he retired in 2006, and 26 years as a professor and administrator at Ohio State University, Garland spent his career in public higher education. And that left him convinced that the sector is absolutely essential -- and operating under many of the wrong incentives.

The Nuclear Option

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Facing a fiscal crisis and little prospect of tax-supported revenue in the near future, Colorado State hypothetically entertains privatization.

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