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Why aren’t students rising up? Why would they?

“Why Aren’t Students Raising Hell?” asks David Masciotra. “Why aren’t American students out on the streets?”  Excellent questions.  And there’s no single answer. Masciotra’s article is mostly a lead-up to those queries, explaining why students might want to revolt.  First … Continue reading

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Sweet Briar to have another academic year; what does it mean?

Sweet Briar College is not closing this year, according to an agreement brokered by Virginia’s attorney general over the weekend.  The college will operate for the 2015-2016 academic year, based on donations and some freed-up endowment funding.  This is a big story, … Continue reading

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Colleges team up to protect themselves

It’s a familiar story, by now.  A campus faces declining enrollment and reductions in state support.  What’s different is its strategic response: to expand collaboration with nearby peers in order to survive.  That’s what’s happening with Vermont’s public colleges.  There … Continue reading

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Sacrificing the queen at Kentucky State University

Another American university announced plans to cut faculty.  This time it’s Kentucky State University that’s playing the queen sacrifice tactic: [President Raymond Burse] announced plans Friday calling for the elimination of 31 additional campus positions, including 17 faculty and 14-15 … Continue reading

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Wisconsin shifts, expands attack on public higher education

This week the state government of Wisconsin has adjusted its attack on public higher education.  The legislature’s budget committee voted on an important measure which seriously cuts funding, while also sapping tenure. Key points include: Drastically cutting funding. The Joint … Continue reading

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Mapping higher education cuts and tuition increases

How do changes in funding American higher education play out across the nation?  The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has created two very useful maps. The first identifies just how much individual states reduced funding to public colleges … Continue reading

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Queen sacrifices announced across fourteen North Carolina campuses

Fourteen campuses in the University of North Carolina system will cut academic programs, according to the Daily Tarheel.  The system’s board of governors voted this past Friday to cut 46 programs in what looks like one of the biggest queen sacrifices I’ve tracked … Continue reading

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