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    Colleges twist in the wind with foreign gift requirements in limbo

    Higher education is struggling to understand its current legal requirements, even as Congress debates changes to those laws.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • April 14, 2022
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    Free college didn't die with federal inaction. It moved.

    Free college's momentum shifted from the federal level to state and local programs, signaling the movement's durability. How will it change institutions?

    Lilah Burke • April 4, 2022
  • Colleges seek better ways to rename buildings

    Campuses consider policies for renaming buildings as higher ed reexamines who deserves to be honored. Has a shared framework emerged?

    Laura Spitalniak • March 22, 2022
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    North Carolina expands its $500 tuition program. Will it keep paying for it?

    NC Promise adds Fayetteville State, overcoming resistance to lawmakers cutting HBCU tuition. State funding has so far compensated other colleges.

    Liz Farmer • March 15, 2022
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    Is $318M enough to fix underfunding at Tennessee's only public HBCU?

    The state's governor is pitching new spending after a report revealed decades of underfunding, but experts say it doesn't go far enough.

    Natalie Schwartz • March 11, 2022
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    Behind U of Arizona's decision to strengthen its ties to its Global Campus

    Faculty members have questions after the university took joint responsibility for the online college's federal financial aid eligibility.

    Natalie Schwartz • Feb. 18, 2022
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    The chess game behind senators' inquiry into OPMs

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren and two other senators asked eight OPMs for information about their businesses, citing concerns about tuition-share deals.

    Natalie Schwartz • Feb. 7, 2022
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    After U of Michigan president's ouster, faculty seek more empathetic leader

    Mark Schlissel didn't convince campus he was listening. Now he's been fired for an affair with a subordinate. Can the next president change the culture?

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Jan. 18, 2022
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    7 higher education trends to watch in 2022

    Politics bleeding into college operations, new regulatory action, continued expansion of online ed and more are stories we'll be following in 2022.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Jan. 4, 2022
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    What happened when one campus flip-flopped on mask mandates

    To faculty, on-again off-again requirements at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville looked like sinking time and resources into pleasing lawmakers.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Dec. 22, 2021
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    Cyberattacks keep targeting colleges. How can they protect themselves?

    Higher ed's sprawling systems mean cybersecurity doesn't come easy — or cheap. But smart strategies and thinking through risk can go a long way.

    Liz Farmer • Nov. 29, 2021
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    What does a college changemaker do, now that he's gotten what he wanted?

    Dan Greenstein spent nearly three years building toward a merger vote in the Pennsylvania system. Can his administration move from planning to doing?

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Oct. 8, 2021
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    Low census counts rattle college towns

    As population tallies roll out, campuses and city halls worry a census interrupted by COVID-19 could choke available public dollars.

    Daniel C. Vock • Oct. 4, 2021
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    What student safeguards are needed if Congress expands Pell to short-term programs?

    Recent research found the payoff for short-term Pell offerings varies widely, but some policymakers think they can work with the right precautions.

    Daniel C. Vock • Sept. 27, 2021
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    Surge in pandemic debt forgiveness is about students reenrolling — and also colleges' bottom lines

    Federal relief funding means institutions can target retention and receive a financial boost when forgiving student balances.

    Rick Seltzer • Aug. 11, 2021
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    Colleges level up healthcare programs to meet growing demand

    Some of the latest expansions have an eye toward interprofessional collaboration and short-term or accelerated offerings.

    Hallie Busta • June 25, 2021
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    Why SPACs are eyeing the education technology sector

    These "blank-check" companies could expand the industry's footing on Wall Street.

    Hallie Busta • June 25, 2021
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    International students face a rocky road to campus this fall

    Beyond coronavirus-related restrictions, experts say perceptions of the U.S. as unwelcoming linger, though some institutions will be more affected than others.

    Danielle McLean • June 24, 2021
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    How the national test-optional experiment played out at US colleges

    The pandemic accelerated the trend, upending conventions of postsecondary admissions going forward.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • Updated June 9, 2021
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    A chancellor search in Georgia highlights the problems of 'partisan capture'

    The state's Republican leaders have a strong hand in the public system's workings — a dynamic observers argue it must break free of.

    Jeremy Bauer-Wolf • June 1, 2021
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    The pandemic slowed tuition growth at some colleges. Will it last?

    Sticker prices at several dozen of the country's priciest colleges stalled during the pandemic, our analysis found. But several are raising rates again.

    Natalie Schwartz • May 25, 2021
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    What colleges can do to counter coronavirus vaccine hesitancy

    Strong uptake of the shots may allow schools to pull back some safety protocols, but getting buy-in on and off campus is critical.

    Danielle McLean • May 10, 2021
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    What other states can learn from Michigan about serving adult students

    Lawmakers and colleges there have been instituting policies that remove financial barriers for this often-overlooked population.

    Natalie Schwartz • April 16, 2021
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    Internships 'somewhat in flux' as employers make reopening decisions

    Employers reconfigured, delayed and even canceled their programs last year. How they revive those offerings is expected to vary widely.

    Ryan Golden • April 15, 2021
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    Donor and federal windfalls seed 'transformational' change at HBCUs

    The racial reckoning last summer inspired a stream of giving to these schools that stands to shrink institutional equity gaps — if the support continues.

    Danielle McLean • March 19, 2021