Budget Cuts

They're Not Just Hiring Administrators

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A new report might give pause to critics who accuse public colleges either of expanding their staffs willy-nilly or of responding to budget cuts by slashing spending in areas that hurt students.

So You Say You're Broke?

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Hearing that the University of California system had $2.5 billion in “unrestricted net assets” on hand in 2010 could make anyone question the necessity of the 32 percent tuition hike that has been proposed, or the 11 to 26 furlough days that more than 100,000 employees were forced to take in 2009.

Why They Move

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In tough budget times, departures of top faculty set off debates over how to retain and lure away the best -- especially at flagships that appear targets for raids.

What's Next for Wisconsin?

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For much of 2011, Wisconsin has been a leading actor in politically tinged dramas about higher education. In February, the battle over collective bargaining rights of public employees erupted (it remains unresolved), with those who work in higher education among the affected.

From Tenured to Adjunct

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AAUP statement says U. of Louisiana campuses have found dangerous new way to eliminate faculty rights.

Whose Money Is It, Anyway?

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Dartmouth angers some professors by redirecting a larger chunk of returns on endowed funds to administrative costs.

'Never a Good Time'

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There’s probably not a very good time to announce that a college president is going to be making $100,000 more than the year before. The California State University System probably picked one of the worst.

For-Profit Colleges Boom

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As overall enrollments rise by 4.8 percent in 2008-9, private sector institutions grow by 21.5 percent. Other findings: colleges' operating margins shrink, number of students getting aid climbs.


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