Government Regulations

Understanding power struggles between state systems and flagships

Both entities are what mathematical modelers call complex systems, making adept and adaptive leadership all the more critical.

The challenges for executives operating state-wide higher education Systems and the flagship research universities within those Systems have grown more baffling with each passing year. From UMass and UNC to LSU, Wisconsin, and Oregon, we hear regularly about frustrated and embroiled leadership.

Being Served

How to respond to subpoenas directed at academic works or scientific research

Universities, research institutions, academics and scientists have increasingly been under the bright light scrutiny of the legal system. While not unprecedented for courts and litigators to pull questions of science and research into the courtroom, public debates and high stakes litigation have recently forced some academics and scientists to center stage.

Looking a gift horse in the mouth

Higher ed leaders should support President Obama’s “Plan to Make College More Affordable,” which could provide the impetus for the changes colleges and universities need to make to survive and thrive in the years ahead.

From the perspective of a retired university president, the expressions of concern from most of America’s higher education leaders about President Obama’s proposed “Plan to Make College More Affordable” are a lot like looking a gift horse in the mouth. My former colleagues are portraying the plan as another potential serious intrusion on the historic autonomy of America’s colleges and universities.

Presidents fight back on research cuts

More than 165 college and university presidents have signed an open letter coordinated by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

More than 165 college and university presidents have asked President Obama and Congress to help close the “innovation deficit.” In an open letter coordinated by the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the presidents urge them not to cut additional research and education discretionary spending. By coining the phrase “innovation deficit,” they hope to spark national and local conversations.

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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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Washington think tank launches center on higher education reform

In a move to strengthen its influence on higher education reform in the U.S., Washington think tank The American Enterprise Institute has launched the Center on Higher Education Reform.

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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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Tuskegee University to regain property from Veteran's Administration

The Department of Veterans Affairs will donate 65 unused acres and about 20 buildings to dramatically expand Tuskegee University under a property transfer that is awaiting congressional approval.

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Why Big Government Should Keep Away from College Ratings and Accreditation

If a college freshman stepped onto a campus where it was obvious that the administration had spent months eviscerating each other over petty slights instead of balancing the budget—or refusing to name a dean because a faction of the faculty resent his work on committees—the student would undoubtedly run screaming into the night looking for the fastest way out of there.

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