State policy

President to Oversee Self

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Leader of Rhode Island community college to maintain presidency while becoming commissioner of state’s higher education governing board.

Boosting Math Standards

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Public college systems in Maryland, Kentucky and New York increase admissions requirements or placement thresholds for credit-bearing courses in mathematics, a subject in which many entering college students are ill prepared.

Performance (De-)Funding

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Building on system for allocating money for higher education, Indiana imposes budget cuts based partly on individual colleges' efficiency.

Freezer Burn

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Tuition freezes may be politically popular, and even appropriate in emergencies, but they often lead to dramatic hikes in future years.

Historic Declines

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Study shows extent of state cuts to higher education and key role of federal stimulus funds in minimizing (but not preventing) absolute drops in support over last two years.

An Underappreciated $64 Million

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As Obama administration contemplates tens of billions in new grants for students, college leaders worry nonetheless about proposed loss of tiny program that leverages much more state financial aid.

Call to Arms in Nevada

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State's chancellor tried the low-key approach to persuading political leaders not to gut higher ed. Now, facing 20% cut, he's sounding the alarm.

A Target for Tea Partiers

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As anti-tax sentiment simmers, community college officials worry that emerging groups will threaten their funding.

No Experience Necessary

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Tennessee bill would make state government officials without advanced degrees eligible for leadership positions at public colleges and universities.

Reforming Teacher Ed

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Prominent voices look to in-the-classroom residencies and colleges of education to reshape how teachers are taught to teach.

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