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U.S. voters want higher ed reform. Will it play a big role this election season?

The pandemic sprung a changing job market and a deeper mistrust in the cost of college, a new survey by Third Way finds. Here's what U.S. voters will be focusing on in a "high-stakes election year."

Mergers and acquisitions: Don’t let finances blindside you

Consolidating can be the lifeline for smaller colleges. However, such the financial shock that drives the transaction often comes by surprise. Here's what to look out for and what steps to take if a merger is inevitable.

Financial aid: How big is the support in your state?

Some states spend as little as $36 per undergraduate student on average, a new Scholaroo analysis suggests. How does your state support its students?

President Moves: Cornell leader steps down as hiring ramps up

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack has announced she will retire on June 30 after leading the New York university for seven years. Pollack's departure marks the third Ivy League leader to step down amid political turbulence in recent months.

Higher ed funding: A look at 2 surprising trends

Higher ed funding, particularly at the state level, is not going in the direction one might expect at public colleges and universities a few years after the economic turmoil of the COVID pandemic. And neither is enrollment, according to a new analysis. 

Financial aid offices: How to stop a massive employee exodus

Financial aid offices were already struggling with staff shortages, a lack of representation and other personnel challenges when the FAFSA fiasco struck higher ed. A new report offers strategies to retain staff.

College degrees: See which ones have the highest ROI

Most campus leaders know some college degrees are more lucrative than others. What they may not know is how the ROI changes at different levels of college completion.

Penn State provides voluntary buyouts to mitigate its deficit

The university wants to cut nearly $100 million from its budget starting July 2025. It's a strategy leaders hope will provide long-term stability amid ongoing budget woes.

These features make 64 campuses the prettiest in the nation

The campuses on Architectural Digest's list represent schools that "stun across the board"—from dormitories to libraries to dining halls.

State ranks No. 1 for education despite years of controversy

Florida has stirred up plenty of controversy around K12 and higher education in recent years. But it still ranks No. 1 on this influential list.

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