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Colleges across the country are raking in millions by giving credit card companies student names and special access to the student body.

An investigation by the Huffington Post Investigative Fund found that although some of the credit card industry’s practices are being halted by the new Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD Act), they can still set up “affinity” contracts with schools. 

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Issue: Student Governance and Campus Administration

Across the country, states continue to cut higher education budgets and schools are predictably responding with tuition and fee hikes.

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Issue: Higher Education Affordability

After state-wide controversy over an undocumented Kennesaw State student paying in-state tuition, the Georgia Board of Regents has agreed to find a way to check the citizenship status of all students.

Existing Georgia law allows undocumented students to attend the state’s colleges and universities but requires they be charged out of state tuition.  Until now, schools have taken students word that they are legal residents of the United States. 

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Issue: Social Justice

Cal State Los Angeles students essentially opened their own library when they found the school’s shut at 8pm because of budget cuts. 

In response to the library’s reduction in hours, students found tables, power outlets, a copier and printer and opened their own study area.  University officials, after some initial unease, have essentially signed off on the students’ creation by helping them secure electrical hookups. 

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Issue: Higher Education Affordability

Another round of cuts to Louisiana higher education is prompting some in the state to suggest closing up to 8 of the state’s 14 universities.

 Over the past year and a half, the state legislature cut spending on higher education by more than $250 million.  While those cuts were buffered last year by $290 million in federal stimulus spending, this year the university system will have to absorb the full budget shortfall.

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Issue: Higher Education Affordability

A state auditor has partly resolved years of controversy over what role the student government has in reviewing and allocating student activity fees at UW-Stevens Point.  Students and administrators have sparred for years over whether the Student Government Association should have the sole power to review fees or if that power had to be shared with un-elected student organizations.

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