How well-intentioned education and business leaders, backed by wealthy foundations and a success story from faraway Alaska, sold state lawmakers on a largely untested theory of change
Data show the proportion of nonwhite faculty is far smaller than of nonwhite students
Some applicants are told: Start here after going somewhere else for freshman year
Signs emerge that some are cutting corners to produce more graduates more quickly
Securities filings show an industry increasingly vexed about state oversight, enforcement
New data show little progress in retaining students, despite efforts to plug the leak
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Debate comes as universities shift more and more costs to students, including the bill for hot button speakers and polarizing clubs