Legislators Lay Out Higher Education Plans

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College students won't be the only ones trudging back this month from a long break. State legislators will hit the Capitol's hallways Tuesday to begin promoting a host of bills that could reshape aspects of the state's higher-education system, from basing a portion of universities' state funding on outcomes such as graduation rates to whether students can carry concealed weapons on campus. In 2011, the Legislature's cuts totaled $1 billion in higher-education funding from a two-year state budget that ends later this year, including financial aid and institutional funding. But the chairmen of the House and Senate higher-education committees are hopeful that legislators will approve additional money for higher education this session.

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