Private Colleges' Cash Grew, but Debt Grew Faster

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As financial markets improved, selective private colleges saw their cash and investments increase faster than their operating budgets in the 2004 fiscal year, reversing the pattern of the year before. But except at the very top tier of institutions, the colleges' debt rose even faster, as they poured money into expanding and renovating facilities, Standard & Poor's said in a report released this month.

Lost Dominance in Ph.D. Production

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A new study explores just how far the United States has fallen in educating scientists and engineers.

Aid for the Rich?

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New research links increases in National Merit Scholarships to declines in low-income enrollments.

Male Impact

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Enrollment surges at women's colleges that recently decided to admit men.

'Old Main'

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For most of American history, small colleges have been "the defining core of postsecondary opportunities" for students, writes Samuel Schuman in Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America, just published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

College for Illegal Immigrants

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Texas figures show that granting in-state tuition rates makes a big difference in enrollments -- especially at community colleges.

Women, Minorities and the Sciences

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Study finds National Science Foundation programs have made a difference, but urges focus on community colleges.

College and the Disabled Student

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31% of youth with disabilities attend college in the first two years after high school, Education Department finds.

Shopping for Colleges Online

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New survey suggests that prospective students rely on the Web but still want printed materials and even human interaction.

No Such Thing as a Free Year

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State blocks Denver educators from using high school funds to pay for tuition at a community college.


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