February 22, 2013
MN: State AG probes for-profit college recruitment practices
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson (D) announced this week that she is investigating "more than one but less than six" for-profit colleges with a physical presence in the state, with particular attention to how these institutions target veterans and active duty military personnel with access to G.I. Bill benefits. Swanson alleged advertising campaigns by for-profit colleges can be misleading and manipulative, including hidden costs and deceptive claims about graduation and placement rates.
The Star Tribune (Date posted: February 17, 2013)
Budget & Finance
KY: Governor signs campus construction measure
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) signed a bill this week issuing state bonds for a number of construction projects at six public colleges and universities in the state, including a $110 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium at the University of Kentucky. The construction projects will be paid for by institutions and will not require state general funds.
WHAS (Date posted: February 20, 2013)
WI: Governor’s budget include funding increase for public higher education
This week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) unveiled a state budget plan with a $181 million funding increase for the University of Wisconsin System and a $5 million funding boost for the state's technical colleges. Walker's budget also calls for a shift toward performance-based funding for the technical colleges. The budget proposal will now be considered by state lawmakers.
Wisconsin State Journal (Date posted: February 21, 2013)
AR: House votes to loosen campus gun restrictions
The Arkansas House of Representatives passed legislation this week that would allow faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons on the state's public college and university campuses. However, the bill includes an "opt-out" provision that allows campus leaders to ban concealed weapons through an annual vote. The bill will now proceed to the Arkansas Senate. Gov. Mike Beebe (D) said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.
The Associated Press (Date posted: February 15, 2013)
CO: House approves campus gun ban, other gun control measures
The Colorado House of Representatives voted this week to ban concealed weapons on college campuses, one of four gun control measures approved by the legislative body. The bills will now proceed to the Colorado Senate.
The Denver Post (Date posted: February 19, 2013)
HI: Regents approve measure to allow in-state tuition status for undocumented students
The University of Hawaii (UH) Board of Regents approved a measure this week that will allow the state's undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates at UH campuses. The provision requires students to demonstrate Hawaii residence, U.S. high school graduation and prove they are on a path to citizenship.
Hawaii News Now (February 22, 2013)
Student Aid, Access & Affordability
AR: House passes bill to change state lottery scholarship program
The Arkansas House of Representatives approved a bill this week that will make key changes to the state’s lottery scholarship program. Under the proposal, eligible students would receive a $2,000 scholarship for their freshman year with $1,000 added annually up to $5,000 for their senior year. Community college students would receive $2,000 annually. If approved, the changes would be implemented this fall.
The Associated Press (Date posted: February 18, 2013)
State Policies to Improve Student Transfer (Summary) (Report)
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
This report explores state transfer and articulation policies in higher education, including state-mandated common course numbering and reverse transfer policies. The report includes a graph specifying transfer policies in the 50 states.
Indiana: State Report 2011-12 (Report)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC)
This report highlights performance data on higher education in Indiana, including comparisons with peer states.
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