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States have responded in very different ways to the economic pressure of the past year, with some of them contemplating drastic action to reduce higher-education costs and others pushing to expand faculties.

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49.7%

That's the share of students who enrolled in two-year public institutions in Kentucky in the fall of 2010 who were still enrolled at the same institutions the next fall.

70%

That percentage of 2010-11 graduates in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin was employed in the fourth quarter of 2011.

16%

That's the share of students who earned degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at Virginia colleges in 2010-11, compared with 16.9 percent in 1992-93.

4%

Only that percentage of students graduated from Metropolitan State University, in St. Paul, within four years.

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