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April 1, 2016
Angry with how Ohio Dominican University has handled declining enrollment and mounting debt, a group of students and alumni are demanding that the president, Peter Cimbolic, be replaced. The university is $40 million in debt, the group wrote in a letter to the Board of Trustees. Between 2007 and 2013, enrollment declined by 40 percent.
March 31, 2016
What started as a movement about changes to the student union turned into a debate about free speech.
March 28, 2016
Two months after announcing that he would cut $485 million from state funding for the City University of New York, shifting the cost to the city, Governor Andrew Cuomo now says he will fund CUNY’s entire budget. “The $1.6 billion in aid it receives has not changed, and will not change under this budget,” Jim Malatras, director of state operations, said in a statement. “The funding stays constant.”
March 24, 2016
After an eight-month stalemate, Pennsylvania has a budget -- which includes $20.6 million for the state’s colleges. Along with the $412.7 million Pennsylvania colleges received in December, the new funding brings total appropriations to $433.3 million -- a 5 percent increase over last year. It’s the first increase the state colleges have seen since 2009.
March 24, 2016
Soon, the University of Maryland's College Park and Baltimore campuses could be combined. Will College Park's growing influence help the university system's other campuses -- or marginalize them?
March 22, 2016
New documentary explores the philosophy and players behind cutting state support for higher education.
March 21, 2016
When federal aid increases, the goal, of course, is to help students afford their tuition. But in reality, is that actually how the situation plays out? It’s a question that’s been part of the federal aid debate for decades, and it’s at the heart of a new paper by David Feldman and Richard Archibald, both professors at the College of William and Mary.
March 18, 2016
A group of 77 institutions is coming together in an effort to invest their money more ethically. The goal is to use their endowments to support environmental and social causes -- without sacrificing their own financial returns. The coalition operates under a group called the Intentional Endowments Network. The group helps institutions invest their endowments in socially conscious ways, taking into consideration issues like climate change and human rights abuses.
March 18, 2016
Wake Forest University will offer new programs in biomedical sciences and engineering, the university announced Friday. Students will study in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, N.C., a hub for biomedical sciences and information technology. The university is preparing space adjacent to the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s newly renovated facilities, which are scheduled to open this summer.
March 17, 2016
Kentucky’s House budget, revealed Tuesday, restored state funding the governor recommended cutting from higher education, the Lexington Herald Leader reported. But for now, that won’t make a difference to the employees of Morehead State University, who will be furloughed during the college’s spring break.

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