Wisconsin

Facing Down the 'Snob Factor'

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For years, education experts have been saying that community colleges offer an underutilized path in higher education. States spend less money per student there and tuition is much lower. The institutions' emphasis on teaching and on recruiting low-income and minority students means that they reach and graduate many students overlooked by flagships or who can't afford them. While many efforts in recent years have tried to ease transfer from two- to four-year institutions, elite colleges haven't always been part of the equation.

Controversial Scholar Cleared to Teach

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Citing academic freedom, Wisconsin provost upholds hiring of instructor who says the United States masterminded 9/11 attacks.

Church, State and Campus

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U. of Wisconsin becomes battleground as Christian groups expand quest for right to receive funds and limit membership.

Tethering Students to Their States

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Indiana and Wisconsin consider dramatic proposals to combat brain drain -- far beyond incentives to stay in state for higher education.

Privacy and Politics

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Wisconsin-Madison criticized for using financial aid data for political purposes -- but officials say concerns only distract attention from a big budget impasse.

A Tradeoff Worth Making

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To "put students first," Milwaukee technical college unions voluntarily forgo annual pay raise rather than take furloughs; in exchange, administration commits to no layoffs for two years.

Accreditation Discrimination

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Wisconsin denies state financial aid to students at Christian university -- not for religious reasons, but because it is not regionally accredited.

Spoonful of Sugar

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When pressing students to pay $1,000 surcharge, Wisconsin-Madison promised them a say in how money would be spent. That's made hike easier to swallow.

The Bank of Academic Credit

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Midwest group begins work on a "credential repository" for students to figure out how to translate their classes and work experience into degrees.

All-American Union

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U. of Wisconsin says collective bargaining could endanger international students' visas -- a stance that organizers see as a scare tactic.

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