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Slimming Down to Stay Afloat

Projecting an enrollment nosedive, West Virginia University is preparing for a lean future. Some call it an act of surrender, while others say it’s a prudent choice to be replicated elsewhere.

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A Critique of ‘Principled Neutrality’                     

Vanderbilt’s chancellor thinks academic leaders should stay out of politics—but the ongoing assaults on rights and freedoms emanating from the Tennessee Legislature show the limits of that stance, Brian L. Heuser writes.

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Higher Ed in Today’s Political Climate: Key Podcast

Terry Hartle, longtime lobbyist, discusses partisanship, public concerns about value and ideological imbalance, and more.

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Connecticut State System Warns of ‘Devastating’ Cuts

Lawmakers and higher ed leaders are facing off over the proposed state budget. With COVID funds drying up and enrollment dwindling, it’s a battle likely to play out in other states, too.

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Ex-Presidents for Academic Freedom

PEN America has convened a group of 100-plus former college presidents to push back on threats to academic freedom as higher education remains a frequent target for politicians.

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Leveling the Playing Field in Texas

New legislation addresses long-standing funding disparities among Texas research universities. A record surplus and college football drama helped push it into the end zone.

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A 'Faustian Bargain' to Attract Out-of-State Students

A Colorado bill would effectively raise the cap on nonresident students at public colleges, a boon for CU Boulder. It also highlights the state’s convoluted student residency calculus.

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After DEI, Conservatives Attack ESG

Republican governors in 18 states vowed to go after the use of environmental, social and governance criteria in investing. Such legislation could impact college endowments.