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State support for higher education increased in 2016, not counting Illinois

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Support for public higher education rose in 33 states and declined in 17 in 2016 -- including a massive drop in Illinois.

New York's free-tuition plan leaves private colleges uncertain about the future

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New York's private colleges and universities don't know what to expect under the state's free tuition program for students attending public colleges.

Mergers haven't been part of Pennsylvania public higher ed's past. Might the future be different?

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Politics, geography and history all prevent the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education from following Georgia's consolidation path.

New network aims to strengthen, transform independent bookstores

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Association of nonleased campus stores unveils network designed to reduce their dependence on textbook profits and let colleges retain revenues many now pay to companies to operate the stores.

Wisconsin higher ed leaders welcome proposed funding but worry about details

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Wisconsin governor who has pushed for deep cuts to higher education is now seeking increased spending. Academics welcome the shift, but some worry about the details, including a requirement for monitoring teaching loads.

Saint Joseph's plan to suspend operations prompts questions looking ahead and behind

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Saint Joseph's will suspend operations, saying it lacks funds to continue without an overhaul. Many faculty members, students and alumni question how things got so dire.

Virginia Intermont's campus sale begs questions of how colleges close accounts

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Whether colleges file for bankruptcy or wind down in other ways, closing is a complex, costly affair -- and the process doesn’t assure any support for professors or employees who may have worked without pay.

State audit criticizes University of Louisville's relationship to foundation

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State audit finds fault with management structure and decisions under former president, who responds that auditors failed to consider Louisville's "amazing academic trajectory."

University think tanks face tough road but continued interest

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University-affiliated research centers face a fight for funding and an assault on experts, but few think institutions will be able to resist future ventures.

Leaders consider future of tiny liberal arts colleges

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Presidents of tiny liberal arts colleges work to make themselves heard above talk of mergers and large institutions.

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