State policy

UT Pulls Plug on Partnership

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Citing Texas Southmost board's failure to ratify new agreement, University of Texas regents terminate deal with two-year college with which it shares a campus.

The Land-Grant Landscape

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DALLAS -- Leaders of land-grant universities see a slight brightening in their institutions' immediate economic situations -- but increasingly recognize that they must make structural changes to accommodate fundamental, long-term shifts in their funding models.

Is Higher Ed Ready to Change?

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INDIANAPOLIS -- One's perception of how widely colleges and universities have embraced the necessity and inevitability of fundamental transformative change -- in how the institutions educate students, how they finance themselves, etc. -- is likely to depend on which sorts of higher education conferences he or she attends.

No Grades for States This Year

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Biennial "Measuring Up" report card on higher education progress won't be published this year, as founder looks for a new home and new backers for it.

Setting State Targets

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As the "completion agenda" advances, systems of community colleges are agreeing on ambitious goals for increasing number of graduates. Are the plans realistic?

A Lack of Leadership

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Obama, governors and campus chiefs must do much more to achieve college completion goal and close educational gaps, 3 policy groups say.

Training the Education Legislators

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Institute created by Jim Hunt, the original "education governor," aims to build lawmakers' understanding of -- and support for -- colleges and schools.

Budget Cuts Galore

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Rural community colleges across country argue they will be disproportionately hurt by the many across-the-board state budget cuts currently being proposed.

The Inevitable Happens in Ohio

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Higher education chancellor resigns, citing accomplishments under new governance structure; others see predictable turnover of more politicized system.

Flexibility -- But for (and From) Whom?

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Debate over Madison's possible separation from U. of Wisconsin system spotlights national tensions among states, systems and flagship institutions.

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