State policy

Colleges Win on Election Night

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Voters in Texas back expansion of research universities, while tax measures that higher ed opposed fail in Maine and Washington.

The Research/Policy Divide

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At meeting of higher ed researchers, scholars and policy wonks confront an old but still-present question: Can academic work influence decision makers?

Taxing Relationships

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Colleges and businesses often work together, but they’re not always allies on tax policy. A downward economy could test their ties.

'Stop Asking for Money!'

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ORLANDO -- The public college lobbyists and other officials who attended the Higher Education Government Relations Conference here last week heard a steady barrage of downbeat news: Climbing national unemployment figures, tumbling state revenues, and the scary prospect of the funding “cliff” when the economic stimulus money the federal government sent to states to protect education programs runs out.

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.

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