Economic Crisis 2009-10

New College Board report shows continued borrowing decline and slow net price increase

The tuition hikes and high federal borrowing and default rates that hit higher education in the recession's wake continue to stabilize and diminish, according to the College Board. 

As rich universities get richer, are poor students being left behind?

The gap between wealthy universities and the rest of the pack is widening at an ever faster pace, leaving low-income students in the lurch.

Calif. community colleges pick a new chancellor

Brice Harris, a community college veteran, is new chancellor of cash-strapped state system. His job won't be easy.

Pell spending declines despite growth in grant recipients

Federal spending on the biggest student grant program surprisingly declines by $2.2 billion, even as numbers of recipients increased. But a sword still hangs over the program.

Accreditation crisis hits City College of San Francisco

City College of San Francisco's accreditation is in limbo. Shutting down probably isn't a possibility, but the college is in a deep hole. What went wrong?

Law may contribute to advising overload at California's community colleges

Some California community colleges have 1,700 students per academic adviser. But a state law designed to protect faculty jobs may help prevent the hiring of more counselors.

Bill Would Clear Path for Two-Tiered Pricing at Calif. Community Colleges

California lawmaker wants to make two-tiered pricing at community colleges legal, partially to prevent minority students from attending for-profits. But critics say the bill opens door to privatization.

Public universities will take on more debt as states decrease spending on capital projects

With state lawmakers unwilling to fund capital projects at colleges and universities, public institutions increasingly turn to debt to finance construction and maintenance.

California contemplates crackdown on for-profits

Tough new regulations are unlikely this year in Washington, but in California a new state law, hearings and multiple investigations are kicking off.

Endowment returns for 2011 near pre-recession levels

Institutional endowments for the 2011 fiscal year showed returns similar to pre-recession levels, but many still worth less than in 2007.


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