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Who Needs a 5-Day Schedule?

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Students aren't flocking to programs to cram a full courseload in one day, but the ability to be on campus just two days a week may have staying power.

Performance Funding 2.0

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As higher ed productivity project unveils new grants, several aim to help states more closely tie colleges' funding to their success in getting students through.

'Accreditation Lite' for International Recruiting Agents

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In the realm of international student recruiting, “A lot of agents will just send out blanket e-mails to universities saying, ‘Oh, I would like to be your representative,’ ” says Sabine Klahr, director of international programs at Boise State University. “We don’t answer those e-mails typically."

“There are no standards at this point,” Klahr explains. “You could work with agents throughout the world who are not" -- she pauses, searching for the right word -- "they are not reputable business people, essentially. How do you know that you can trust them?”

The Buzz and Spin on 3-Year Degrees

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Idea of shaving a year off of college completion time gains attention. Some see ideal way to cut costs for students and institutions, others see a gimmick, and -- to date -- students haven't embraced it.

Data on the Undocumented

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Colleges ask students' immigration status, but how and whether they verify legality varies -- as does whether they admit applicants known to be in the U.S. illegally.

Black (Immigrant) Admissions Edge

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First or second generation African Americans found to be much more likely than other black students -- and more likely than white students -- to attend selective colleges.

Parents' View of the Economy

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Even as many colleges report increased student applications, administrators remain deeply worried about what will happen to enrollments this fall, given the economic turmoil facing many families. A new survey of parents of current college students suggests that college leaders' concerns are legitimate, but that the damage may not be as severe as they fear.

The Summer Swarm

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Community colleges and for-profit universities are seeing expected enrollment increases due to the down economy, but students are flocking to many four-year colleges this summer, too -- and finding friendlier aid policies at some institutions.

Favors for Northern Neighbors

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In effort to fill empty seats, some community colleges in northern border states offer in-state tuition to Canadian residents.

A Posse at Penn

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Foundation that helps place groups of students from urban schools into selective colleges has formed its first Ivy League partnership.

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