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Free community college spreads: New York introduced its Excelsior scholarship for students from families with income less than $100,000. The challenges of free tuition also became apparent, as Oregon and other states grappled with fewer budget dollars than needed to accept every applicant.

Bill Berg is an enrollment management consultant at Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

There’s no question that recent graduates are leaving college with more student loan debt. More students are taking out loans and they’re borrowing larger amounts.

While relying less on student tuition and fees is the ideal situation for many higher ed institutions, it’s not surprising that finance administrators anticipate tuition revenue as the biggest funding boost for 2018.

“No margin, no mission!” is how one respondent to UB’s 2018 Outlook survey of campus leaders described the high stakes involved in raising more tuition revenue, non-tuition revenue and fundraising dollars in 2018.

We asked: What are your predictions, hopes and concerns for 2018? Administrators and experts who have recently contributed to UB answered.

Some higher ed institutions are giving new technologies the ol’ college try in preparation for future financial challenges. Here’s a closer look at five compelling reasons to move beyond spreadsheets.

The closure of Amazon’s virtual bookseller at UMass Amherst underscores once again the need for campus stores to diversify services.

Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., is president of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa.

Increasingly, higher education is taking a larger role in providing opportunities for our veterans.

Developing a successful model for creating an e-textbook program is key to taking digital course materials to the next step of widespread use. Here are three ways to design an e-textbook initiative.

The Trump administration’s plan to phase out DACA by not accepting new applicants is another shift in immigration laws that leaves many students unsure of their status on and off campus.

Just as students were headed back to campuses in southeastern Texas in late August, Hurricane Harvey struck.

Jennifer Wick is vice president for consulting services at Ruffalo Noel Levitz.

It has become increasingly difficult for some four-year institutions to meet enrollment goals for first-year students.

Dual enrollment is designed to increase access and degree attainment. In fact, a 2007 study found that 67 percent of dual-enrollment students enrolled in college after high school (compared to 50 percent of their peers), with 30 percent earning an associate’s degree along with their high school diploma.

Yet students often experience barriers to enrollment.

As the term “free college” draws applicants and ever-more media attention, states, cities and colleges are learning the realities of these large-scale aid programs.

Under Jairy Hunter’s leadership, Charleston Southern changed its name when it achieved university status, dropping the word “Baptist” in 1990.

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