Wisconsin

Applying the Liberal Arts

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Easing their way into awarding four-year degrees, some community colleges around the country have begun offering applied baccalaureate degrees with a technical, workforce-ready focus. Two-year colleges in Wisconsin, however, are lobbying the state system to let them offer a different kind of applied baccalaureate – one with a liberal arts focus and aimed at rural, place-bound adults.

Monitoring the For-Profits

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Education Department and accreditors say it's not their job to police colleges, and point to states. Wisconsin regulators are willing -- but not quite able -- to patrol the beat.

Flexibility -- But for (and From) Whom?

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Debate over Madison's possible separation from U. of Wisconsin system spotlights national tensions among states, systems and flagship institutions.

More Than Money

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Scholars of collective bargaining in higher ed say wage gains from unions are minimal at four-year institutions, but significant at community colleges -- and that in both sectors, impact goes beyond pay.

Wisconsin Gets Weirder

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Republican operative's perceived effort to muzzle prominent professor complicates already fragile situation surrounding public higher education in the state.

Wisconsin Stands Up for Professor

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In response to politician's request for faculty member's e-mails, university releases some but strongly backs academic freedom.

Block the Vote

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College students push back as Republican-led legislatures in New Hampshire and elsewhere aim to limit student balloting.

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.

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