NATIONAL NEWS

'Two-year' matric grand plan flops as only 8% of progressed pupils pass - Source:Sunday Times

The government's grand move to have "progressed" matric pupils write their exams over two years has bombed - only 8% passed.The results of these pupils, who were pushed into matric after failing grade 11 more than once, were disclosed to the Sunday Times by the department of basic education last week.However, statistics...
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Why students are divided over NSFAS boss - Source:IOL

Student organisations are divided over Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande's decision to extend the term of the troubled National Student Financial Aid Scheme's (NSFAS) administrator Randall Carolissen by a year.Carolissen, who was appointed by Nzimande's predecessor Naledi Pandor for a...
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University of Pretoria ranked SA's third top university - Source:IOL

The University of Pretoria (UP) on Friday said it has improved its international standing and ranking by strengthening its position among the top universities of the world.Latest Shanghai Rankings - Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2019 show that UP is now South Africa's third ranked university.Vice-Chancellor and...
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A Year After The #TUTshooting, Students Have Safety Fears Still - Source:The Daily Vox

One year after Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) student Katlego Monareng was killed in the midst of Student Representative Council (SRC) elections gone awry, student leaders are demanding accountability from the university. Students are still in the dark about the forensic results of the 2018 election and the safety plans for...
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Rhodes pensioners in 20-year limbo - Source:Grocott's Mail

For the past twenty years a collection of pensioned Rhodes University workers have been waiting to hear what happened to the rest of their pension funds that they claim the University still owes them.The forty plus pensioners, met at Noluthando Hall to lament their battle to get a resolution on the supposed outstanding 40% of their...
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Learners taught hygiene skills - Source:News24

The Central University of Technology, Free State, will conduct a community outreach oral health service in Smithfield.The institution will undertake this educational programme via two departments, Clinical Sciences and Life Sciences.This programme, targeting about 300 children, will be held on 11 September at the Smithfield Primary...
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Mayor hails MoU with UKZN as food security game changer - Source:IOL

Largely rural, the Zululand district municipality says the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the prestigious University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will help to uplift black farmers and ensure food security in the semi-arid region.The northern KZN municipality's mayor, Thulasizwe Buthelezi, said the MoU will also see them...
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Shining the light on internet 'capacity crunch': Wits student recognised for research - Source:TimesLIVE

A young woman from Kanyamazane township near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga is defying the odds with her academic achievements.Nokwazi Mphuthi, 29, a PhD student at the University of Witwatersrand, has scooped an award for the best-emerging researcher journal article for 2018 in the United States.Titled 'Are Bessel beams resilient to...
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Some plant species in SA's biodiversity hotspots confirmed extinct - Source:EyeWitness News

Plant species in three of South Africa's biodiversity hotspots have been confirmed extinct.In a scientific study published in the journal Current Biology, botanists raised alarm over the shocking rate of plant extinctions in the country.There are 36 biodiversity hotspots around the globe, areas that have extremely high, unique...
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TUT north students reach out to the disabled - Source:Rekord North

In a bid to bring a smile and make a difference in the lives of children at Soshanguve disability day care centre, Tshwane University of Technology students donated groceries, toiletries and clothes last Friday.TUT Soshanguve campus residence manager Archibold Bulasigobo said the institution aimed to reach out to organisations in...
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UKZN's new knight more focused on rubbish - Source:IOL

UKZN Professor Cristina Trois recently received an Italian knighthood with the title of Cavaliere delle Repubblica Italiana, receiving the Ordine Della Stella D'Italia for her work in environmental engineering.She was also the first woman to hold the SA Research Chair (SARChi) in Waste and Climate Change, the first female dean...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

#WomenOfKovsies: Former Miss World graces UFS Women's Breakfast - Source:UFS

"Are you allowing yourself to be measured by society's version of the perfect woman? Is that woman called 'Perfect' stealing your self-confidence, your potential, your joy, and your life? Are you allowing that measuring tape to measure you and tell you you aren't good enough? I believe that as women it is time to...
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Annual Academic Day: A celebration of research excellence - Source:SUN

"A day of celebration - not only of our achievements and research excellence, but also the positive impact that we have on the world around us."This is how Prof Nico Gey van Pittius described the 63rd Annual Academic Day (AAD) of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS), Stellenbosch University, which was recently held at...
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DUT scoops gold at PMR Africa awards  - Source:DUT

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) brand continues to be rated amongst winners. This was once again reflected when the institution scooped Gold during the Professional Market Research Africa (PMR) Awards ceremony held on Monday, 19 August 2019, at the Elangeni Maharani Hotel in Durban.DUT was awarded the Gold Arrow Award for...
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EMS Faculty celebrating women's month - Source:SUN

Women can help change the status quo if they embrace their feminine strengths.This is was one of several sentiments expressed by speakers at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Women's Day Celebration. The annual event, themed "Against all odds" saw several influential women share their experiences and their...
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Invitation to Participate in the Launch of the UWC Media Society - Source:UWC

On Friday, 23 August 2019, The University of the Western Cape will launch the historic UWC Media Society and the inaugural annual Media Mind Blast.The student-driven and community focused UWC Media Society comprises three streams - print, radio and television platforms.Ryland Fisher will serve as a complaints Ombudsman for the UWC...
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MUT takes a firm stand against gender-based violence  - Source:MUT

On 20 August 2019 the MUT students benefited from the immense knowledge on gender-based violence (GBV) from a number of professionals from Thuthuzela Care Centre (TCC), based at Prince Mshiyeni Hospital, in Umlazi Township, and the University's Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza. Delegates from TCC came from a range of...
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Mandela Bay Development Agency electrifies local service delivery - Source:NMU

When one looks at the prevailing trends in the automotive industry nowadays, most of them have the same common denominator and that is going green. The increasing awareness about saving the planet from various environmental threats has caused even the largest industries to take a stand so they can contribute to the initiative...
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Schooling high school learners in coding, robotics - Source:UCT

A winter school holiday coding and robotics camp for high school learners proved so successful that the University of Cape Town's (UCT) School of Information Technology (IT), together with software training institute CodeSpace, will run two more in December.The initial one-week intensive programme, dubbed #RoboCampCT, attracted...
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Silent protest against gender-based violence - Source:CPUT

CPUT is gearing up for a silent protest to demonstrate support for victims of gender-based violence (GBV) and encourage students and staff to speak out against this behavioural problem.For the first time in history, Bellville, District Six, Mowbray and Wellington campuses will take part in the silent protests during lunchtime on 29...
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Stop Domestic Abuse Is The Call Made By ISO - Source:DUT

The International Student's Organisation and the Durban University of Technology's (DUT's) International Education and Partnership hosted an open Women's Month Dialogue #MenAreTrash (Yes or No), at the Steve Biko Campus Art Gallery, last Friday.# MenAreTrash is a term often used on twitter and other social media...
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Student Counselling empowers housing staff to help students at risk of suicide - Source:MUT

Dr Paulette Naidoo, Director: Student Counselling, said that the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that close to 800 000 people die every year as a result of suicide. "Suicide is a global problem affecting people of all ages, races, class and social backgrounds. Research and clinical statistics reveal a link between...
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Success is on the Cards for Biostatistician - Source:UKZN

To commemorate National Science Week and National Women's Month, the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science is honouring its female scientists through a Wonder Women In Science (WWIS) campaign.These women are passionate, pioneering and persistent heroines who are advancing science in their own diverse fields. This...
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The scholarship of leadership - Source:RHODES

As is the tradition, Rhodes University presented the inaugural lecture of Professor Noel Pearse titled, The Scholarship of Leadership: An illustration of the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning and Community Engagement. The event took place on the 21st of August at the Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre and was presented to an...
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UCT victorious at Entrepreneurship Intervarsity regionals - Source:UCT

In something of an upset result at the inaugural Entrepreneurship Intervarsity's Western Cape regional round, five teams of "studentpreneurs" from the University of Cape Town (UCT) were selected to go through to the national finals.An initiative of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme, the...
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UFS students attain a 94.7% pass rate in challenging SAICA exam - Source:UFS

Becoming a Chartered Accountant (SA) entails successfully completing the rigorous education and training requirements set by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). As part of these requirements, all prospective CAs are required to write SAICA's challenging Initial Test of Competence (ITC). A total of 83...
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UNIVEN student mentors engage in the 4th Industrial Revolution concept with the nearby High School Learners - Source:UNIVEN

AIME-UNIVEN under the Directorate of Community Engagement hosted the 1st Programme Day on Saturday, 03 August 2019 at the University's Research Conference Centre. Forty-nine (49) High school learners from the nearby Tshivhidzo Masiagwala Secondary School in the Maungani Community were engaged for mentoring sessions by 25...
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UP's Prof Adrian Tordiffe wins SA Veterinary Association's Research Award for work on health of cheetahs - Source:UP

University of Pretoria (UP) Professor Adrian Tordiffe, an associate professor in veterinary pharmacology at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, was recently honoured with the South African Veterinary Association's Research Award for his in-depth work on the health and metabolism of cheetahs.This award is given to any...
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UWC Football win boost their semi-final chances - Source:UWC

UWC Football Club beat the University of KwaZulu-Natal 3-0 last night to jump to the fourth position - a spot that will guarantee them a semi-final place if the can maintain it - of the Varsity Football mini-league competition.Two goals by Jaydan Petersen, who earned the MTN Moment of Brilliance award, and another by the towering...
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University addressing criminal activity in and around campus - Source:NMU

The number of reported criminal incidents in and around the campus communities has the attention of Nelson Mandela University. The incident reports of muggings and/or robberies affecting our staff, students and the community is concerning and is being addressed.The safety and security of all is essential in creating a conducive...
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VUT clinic wins an award - Source:VUT

On Friday, 26 July, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Vanderbijlpark campus clinic received a best participating institution award from the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). SANBS reached their target and beyond at VUT.This is the fourth award in a row for the university. The award was won for the number of blood...
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VUT part of winning team at Uber Tech for Safety Hackathon - Source:VUT

Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Information Technology (IT) and Analytical Chemistry students were invited to enter and participate in the Uber Tech for Safety Hackathon from which took place from Saturday, 3 to Sunday, 4 August 2019 in Johannesburg.The purpose of the competition is to give students an opportunity to come up...
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Working towards achieving inclusive social justice with UP Centre for S**ualities, AIDS and Gender's Vuyisa Mamanzi - Source:UP

In the ninth interview of our #WomenofUP series this August we speak to Vuyisa Mamanzi, Researcher and Project Manager at the University of Pretoria's (UP) Centre for S**ualities, AIDS and Gender.Tell us about your background and qualifications.I grew up in Gugulethu, a township outside Cape Town and obtained my undergraduate...
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REGIONAL NEWS

ETHIOPIA- Ethiopia to scrap current 8-2-2 education system - Source:nazret.com

Ethiopia's Ministry of Education announced today that the existing education system implemented under previous regime will be scrapped and will reintroduce the 6-2-4 education system, six years of primary schooling, followed by two years of junior high and four years of high school.The current education system, eight years of...
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GHANA- Minister announces construction of 10 new technical institutions - Source:GhanaWeb

The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Technical Vocational Education and Training, (TVET), Mrs Gifty Twum-Ampofo, has disclosed that 10 new technical institutions, including one each for the new regions, would be constructed while four existing technical institutes would also be renovated.Also significant will be the...
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KENYA- Helb pleads with students to take loans - Source:Pulse

The Higher Education Loans Board [HELB] has asked students who sat for their KCSE in 2018 and are yet to report to colleges to apply for Helb loans.This invite was made to students planning to join universities and TVET institutions ahead of the upcoming school term.In an effort to ensure more students secure the kitty, application...
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NAMIBIA- Namibian students enthralled with space travel as Chinese astronauts leave lasting imprint - Source:Mediamax Network

Students at Namibia's University of Science and Technology (NUST) have called for more investments in science and technology following a visit by Chinese astronauts.Liu Yang and Chen Dong, who are in Namibia on a five-day visit, had an opportunity to engage in face to face interactions with the NUST students on Thursday.The...
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NIGERIA- 'Stop opening new universities, upgrade existing higher institutions' - Source:The Nation

President Muhammadu Buhari and governors of the thirty six states of Nigeria have been urged to stop opening new universities, but to concentrate on upgrading the existing higher institutions and properly fund them.The admonition was made by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities...
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NIGERIA- Gregory University, Uturu trains 272 technologists in 73 universities - Source:SundiataPost

Prof. Gregory Ibe, founder and Chancellor, Gregory University, Uturu in Abia, says the institution has trained 272 technologists in 73 Universities across the country, to boost technological development in Nigeria.Ibe, a professor of entrepreneurship, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja that the trainees were drawn from...
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RWANDA- More Rwandan secure Chevening scholarships - Source:The New Times

This year, 19 scholars from different fields in Rwanda secured the Chevening scholarships to go to study in the United Kingdom (UK).This is the biggest number of students to get scholarships under the UK academic cooperation programme in the 20-year history of Chevening.The students will pursue master's degrees in different...
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RWANDA- Sweden offers 35 million $ to Rwanda University for scientific research - Source:RegionWeek

The Swedish government has offered $ 35 million to the University of Rwanda to support training and scientific research.Sweden has been supporting Rwanda in many fields of development such as support in the implementation of the National Employment Programme which aimed to create 200,000 jobs each year.The amount which totals 31.5...
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UGANDA- Gulu University to Set Up Multi-Billion Business Complex - Source:ChimpReports

Gulu University management, Members of Parliament and local leaders on Friday broke ground for the construction of a multi-billion-shilling business development complex.According to Professor Opejuru George Ladaa, the Gulu University Vice Chancellor, the business complex will comprise of 4 floors with 11 lecture rooms, computer...
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UGANDA- Makerere to hold open day conference to increase employability of graduates - Source:PML Daily

Makerere University will host an open day on Thursday August 29, in partnership with University of Agder (UiA) Norway and University of Rwanda to increase the employability of graduates.The event will also be used to implement the Enhancing Quality and Internationalisation of study Programmes through Mobile Transformation Pedagogy...
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ZAMBIA- KK urges private Universities to offer scholarships - Source:LusakaTimes

First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda has urged private institutions of higher learning to offer scholarships to the less privileged in society.Dr Kaunda was speaking when Texilla American University Management officially handed over a scholarship plaque for a scholarship programme given in his honour at his residence.Meanwhile,...
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ZIMBABWE- Matabeleland North teachers' college set up in Hwange - Source:The Chronicle

A SATELLITE teachers' college established by Government in Hwange, Matabeleland North province is now operational with the initial enrolment standing at 150 students.Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Permanent Secretary Professor Fanuel Tagwira said 65 percent of the students enrolled at the...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

CANADA- Trudeau government outlines five-year, $148-million plan to attract more foreign students to Canadian universities - Source:The Globe and Mail

Concerned that more than half of the international students in Canada come from just two countries, China and India, the federal government has pledged nearly $30-million over the next five years to diversify global recruiting efforts in the postsecondary sector.The government is targeting countries with a large and growing middle...
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ICELAND- Over 6,500 Students Starting at Icelandic Universities this Fall - Source:Iceland Review

The academic year is underway again at most of Iceland's universities. RUV reports that just over 6,500 new students are embarking on college-level studies in the country this fall.Most of these students are starting as undergraduates at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík. Current freshman enrolment stands at 3,400,...
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INDIA- Number of seats for higher education increased in Delhi since 2015 says CM Arvind Kejriwal - Source:Jagranjosh.com

On Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the number of seats available in the higher education sector has increased from 1.1 lakh to 1.5 lakh since 2015. The Chief Minister while speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the two new campuses for Ambedkar University also added that the quality of higher...
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INDIA- UGC issued a letter to the universities to prepare for the fit India Moment - Source:BrainBuxa

On August 23, 2019, the University Grants Commission issued a letter in which it informed the Universities that PM Narendra Modi will be launching fit India moment on August 29, 2019, from Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. The main aim of the moment is to take India as a nation on the path of fitness.Following points were...
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IRELAND- University chief warns of 'destructive' populism - Source:The Irish Times

A "malevolent concoction" of technology, intolerance and populism is poisoning debate and emboldening dark and destructive forces, president of the University of Limerick Des Fitzgerald has said.Speaking at a conferring ceremony on Sunday, he said long-held views on what constitutes normal institutional and political behaviour are...
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JAMAICA- UTech Gets Increased Subvention - Source:Jamaica Gleaner

President of the University of Technology (UTech) Stephen Vasciannie has reported that Government subvention to the tertiary institution has increased."Our subvention has traditionally been at approximately $2 billion. Over the last two months, we have received a commitment from the Government that they will extend it by $1 billion...
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LUXEMBOURG- Luxembourg ninth most educated country: OECD - Source:RTL Luxembourg

According to data shared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Luxembourg was the ninth most educated country in the world in 2017, surpassing the OECD average.The OECD's data set detailed that 51.4% of Luxembourg's population between the ages of 25 and 34 proceed on to third-level...
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NEW ZEALAND- NZ universities' dependence on Chinese students laid bare - Source:TVNZ

Universities are more dependent on Chinese students than at any time in the past decade despite long-standing efforts to diversify, Education Ministry figures show.Eighteen percent of university students last year were from overseas, up from 13 per cent 10 years ago, and 47 per cent were from China, up from 29 per cent in 2009. The...
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TRINAND & TOBAGO- UWI ranked the leading university in the Caribbean - Source:Newsday

THE University of the West Indies (UWI) has moved up five notches in the Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings since last year. In the 2019 report published by the prestigious UK-based ranking agency, UWI placed 32nd among the 150 best ranked universities across Latin America and the Caribbean.The UWI, in a...
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UK- Private school students are getting into top universities after taking 'easier' exams - Source:inews.co.uk

The UK's top universities are failing to distinguish between exams taken by state school pupils and "easier" variants that are sat at private schools.Freedom of information requests submitted by Labour MP Lucy Powell revealed that nearly all of the UK's top Russell Group universities make no distinction between GCSE...
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UK- Universities brace for strike action in pensions dispute - Source:The Guardian

British universities are heading towards strike action later this year, after employers insisted on requiring staff to pay higher pension contributions despite union warnings that the move would trigger a ballot on industrial action.The University and College Union (UCU) said it had rejected an offer by the employers, represented by...
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USA- State reviewing how it divvies up higher education money - Source:The Register-Guard

When state lawmakers set aside money for Oregon's seven public universities every two years, it's as a lump sum. But that money isn't split evenly across the board - some schools receive more than others based on a state formula that judges their outcomes.But the college community may see a shift in how that money...
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