Business / financial management

Appropriations increases and tuition freezes reshape state funding picture

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With many states' economies rebounding, lawmakers are increasing funding for higher education and holding down tuition prices. Are things returning to a pre-recession normal, or simply taking another step toward a new model?

Distribution of New Jersey's $1.3 billion higher ed bond raising multiple issues

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New Jersey’s opaque process of divvying up $1.3 billion in state money for capital projects leaves many unhappy with the proposed plans. But few “best practices” exist.

String of unseemly revelations about Rutgers athletic staff calls vetting process into question

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New Jersey's flagship university comes under fire for its screening and hiring process yet again, following abuse and discrimination allegations against its new athletics director.

Merit aid makes college more expensive for low income students, report finds

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Use of non-need-based aid in pursuit of tuition revenue and prestige is driving up the cost of college for low-income families, New America Foundation report finds.

NACUBO survey reports sixth consecutive year of discount rate increases

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Discount rates at private colleges continue to grow, according to annual survey, reflecting the myriad pressures that are weakening college pricing power.

Wisconsin system's budget reserves become target for lawmakers

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State lawmakers say the U. of Wisconsin system’s budget balances are excessive. Higher education officials say that criticism is a misreading of how university budgets work. It’s not the first such conflict, and it won’t be the last.

Fossil fuel divestment movement is picking up steam and unlikely to go away

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After winning over boards of some small colleges, movement to divest endowments from fossil fuel companies gains momentum. But while pressure is likely to increase, wealthy institutions worry about financial cost.

The state of state funding of higher education

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Report on the fiscal environment for public higher education sees the status quo as unsustainable and urges greater collaboration between college leaders and state policy makers.

New firm helps 2-year colleges create honors programs

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New investor-backed company teams up with public two-year colleges to create honors programs designed to attract top students and help them transfer.

University of California rethinks how it funds campuses

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The University of California system is changing the way it funds its 10 campuses to equalize per-student appropriations.


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