State policy

U.S. reminder to states: You must regulate higher ed

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After multiple delays, federal requirement on states to approve colleges within their borders is set to take effect -- as U.S. signals importance of state role.

California governor's budget increase would prevent controversial tuition hikes at UC

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California governor proposes funding increases for public colleges, averting showdown with the University of California over tuition hikes, but Cal State faculty remain unhappy.

State budget projections for higher education look bleak thanks to Medicaid costs

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Medicaid costs will lead to a bleak decade for state spending on higher education, a new study predicts.

Rising price of Virginia public universities disproportionately hurts low-income students

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An “extraordinarily” detailed analysis of student-level data in Virginia shows low-income students were hit hardest as public colleges and universities raised tuition during Great Recession.

Report seeks to add specificity to debate over states' performance-based funding models

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Gates-funded report seeks to define and classify types of performance-based funding in 35 states, drawing tentative praise from researchers who have criticized the policies.

Study finds link between cuts in state budgets and out-of-state enrollment

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Study finds that cuts in state spending are linked to increases in out-of-state enrollment at public universities -- especially research institutions.

Study finds mix of part-time and full-time enrollment can boost graduation rates

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Going to college exclusively full time isn't the best way for adult students who are returning to college to earn an associate degree, new data show.

Does privatizing public higher education necessarily undermine the public good?

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New book acknowledges the drift by public colleges as state funding has flattened and in some cases fallen -- but argues that the trend does not mean the institutions must abandon their missions.

Two-year colleges in Illinois and other states lean on local government for funding

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Illinois leads list of states where community colleges already get only a single-digit percentage of their budgets from the state, and more cuts may be on the way.

Performance-based funding provokes concern among college administrators

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Public colleges may be using grade inflation or tightening admissions standards to comply with performance-based funding, survey finds.

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