U.S. again tops list of higher education spenders

The U.S. has reclaimed its position as the biggest spender on higher education, as rising fees pushed it clear in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s annual figures.

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ACLU files lawsuit to block two NJ religious colleges from higher education bond money

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed a lawsuit today to stop the state from giving more than $11 million in construction funds to two religious colleges.

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Missouri moves toward performance-based higher education funding

A new model for performance-based funding of higher education failed to make its way through the Missouri General Assembly during the spring session, but Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, plans to raise the issue again next year.

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Ohio University may borrow $585 million to fix buildings

Ohio University trustees know that $585 million is a lot of debt to take on over the next five years. But interest rates are at historically low levels, they said. And it would be money well-spent if it keeps students, faculty and staff from walking away from the school because so many buildings are in need of major repairs.

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Campus construction roundup: See stories of budgets behind new buildings

Take a look at funding and budgeting snapshots of seven campus construction projects completed between last summer and this summer

Humanities, social sciences critical to our future

Once again, in our contentious Congress, the sideshow is upstaging the circus. While our representatives are busy defining what kind of political science research the National Science Foundation is allowed to fund, they are overlooking the big picture — that the humanities and social sciences, not just the physical and life sciences, are also vital to the future of this country.

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Rising cost at Virginia’s universities mostly unrelated to instruction, study says

Virginia General Assembly's Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission report found that most spending at four-year institutions is on student housing, intercollegiate athletics and other “auxiliary enterprises.”

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Kansas regents, Legislature going in opposite directions on higher education funding

Robba Moran — a member of the Kansas Board of Regents and wife of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. — says that when her husband comes home to Hays on the weekend, the two of them have a whinefest.

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Texas university leaders hope bond program comes up in special session

Gov. Rick Perry is being urged to add more than $2 billion in backlogged university construction projects onto the agenda of the special legislative session amid warnings that further delay could impair the quest for excellence in Texas higher education.

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