State policy

Golden State's Transfer Guarantee

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Last month, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act, guaranteeing community college students who earn certain associate degrees meant for transfer acceptance into a California State University baccalaureate program with junior status.

Reframing College Completion

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In 2 papers, D.C. think tank calls for U.S. to encourage cross-state higher ed collaboration and for focus on mobility over institutional productivity and the credit hour.

Push for Performance

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Texas board wants to change funding formulas for universities and community colleges; faculty leaders question priorities and fairness of plan.

Shift in the Statehouses

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Republican gains among governors could heighten budgetary challenges for public colleges and their students; Ohio's reforms threatened.

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.

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