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Nationwide, state government money has become a smaller and smaller fraction of public higher education budgets.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has more than $3 billion in its endowment.
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Overall, the growth in giving to public higher ed institutions isn't compensating for a reduction in funding by the states.
Carol Folt, the next president of the University of Southern California.
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New systems with stricter rules would make it easier to hold colleges and universities accountable on behalf of the taxpayers who support them.
Students and faculty members have protested arrangements GMU made with donors.
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When public universities and their foundations take large sums of money from political and strategic philanthropists, they can’t safeguard academic freedom unless there's some transparency.
Vice-chancellors often benchmark their salaries against comparable positions in other corporate sectors, a symptom of the trend towards the corporatisation of universities in Australia.
Harvard, located along the Charles River in Cambridge, boasts the largest endowment at $37.6 billion.
Colleges and universities boast US$547 billion in endowment assets, yet only a handful of elite schools would be taxed under the proposal.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a proposal for free tuition at state colleges.
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What does tuition-free college mean in other parts of the world? And what would it mean for international students?
How can college become affordable?
What do low-income students really need to complete college? Here is a roundup of articles from our experts.
What are threats facing America’s public universities?
A provocative new documentary, 'Starving the Beast,' blames the condition of higher ed on right-wing policies. A scholar argues that the film ignores a long history that has led to current crisis.
Hillary Clinton takes questions during a student town hall at a campaign stop at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.
America's higher education has been split into two unequal worlds. Schools serving the bulk of America's underprivileged students lack resources. Making college free will not solve the problem.
Students have been agitating for an end to public university fees in South Africa.
Free public higher education is possible and necessary. It's also realistic, if it's based on thorough research, consultation and students giving back through community service after graduation.
Are public universities limiting opportunities for in-state students?
Underfunding has created incentives for colleges and universities to enroll nonresidents. But those that take a high number of poor students are on the verge of closure.
What does the progress of black students look like?
Statistics on black student graduation rates don't reveal the complete picture: at highly selective colleges and universities, black student graduation rates range from 88 percent to 96 percent.
Should college be free?
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College education results in not just better earnings, but better health care and child development as well as political stability and lower criminal justice costs. Should states invest more?
Academics must engage with the communities outside the ivory tower.
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Contributing to the public good should be a top priority for public and land grant universities. Here, some ideas on how to match what institutions value with academics' own drive for service.
Can Berkeley stay Berkeley after budget cuts?
State support for public research universities declined by 28 percent between 2003 and 2013. So, why does it matter?
Academics want to conduct blue sky research, but that’s not why people pay to go to university.
Knowledge for the sake of knowledge is important, but universities, as public institutions, have a responsibility to fulfil their public role too.
Concern about international students displacing domestic ones, are misplaced.
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The number of international students on American campuses has increased by 55%. Are they taking the place of American students ?
Guns on campus could lead to grade inflation.
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Guns will be allowed on public universities in Texas from August 1. Given the recent incident of a student shooting the professor and then himself, reportedly over grades, are there reasons to worry?