State policy

Prisons vs. Colleges

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

A State Senator's Sweet Deal

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.

Florida Lawmaker to Forgo Pay in University Job

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Many Adults Left Behind

States' tuition and aid policies often hinder enrollment of those who most need higher education, analysis finds. Study focuses on non-traditional learners, key group especially for community colleges.

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