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Washington & Jefferson balances new programs with old emphasis

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Washington & Jefferson dips its toe into graduate programs, but leaders of the traditionally undergraduate college admit it's a balancing act, and are moving more modestly than other colleges trying to diversify their offerings.

Report scrutinizes endowment spending on low-income students

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A new report suggests wealthy institutions should spend more from their endowments to help low-income students, but many campus critics say it's not so simple.

Business offices changing in many ways

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Different strategies take stage at the National Association of College and University Business Officers' annual meeting.

Questions raised about cuts in liberal arts programs at Western Illinois

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Western Illinois U says low enrollments justify eliminating four liberal arts majors, but faculty leaders say maintaining fields of study is about more than metrics.

University of Chicago cost cutting draws objections

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Faculty members and students worry they're paying the price for construction projects amid a focus on cutting administrative costs.

Minn. town aims to attract campus as competition for branches heats up

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Red Wing, Minn., hopes to attract a four-year institution but faces stiff competition from larger, sunnier cities and a history littered with failed branch campus attractions across the country.

Obama administration releases final rules on overtime pay, including some exemptions for higher ed

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Obama administration releases final rules to require new payments for many employees. Regulations make clear that higher ed employees considered teachers will continue to be exempt. Postdoc pay could be key issue going forward.

Delta Cost Project report outlines trends in college spending

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A new report from the Delta Cost Project reveals how much more heavily institutions rely on tuition dollars since the recession.

Universities left footing the bill as budget crisis looms in Illinois

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Universities in Illinois are covering millions in state costs as politicians continue to debate a 2015-16 budget halfway into the fiscal year.

What it might mean when a college's discount rate tops 60 percent

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How high is too high a discount to offer students? Nearly 10 percent of colleges have rates of 60 percent or more. For some it appears to be a sign of distress, yet others see a strategy.

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