New York Panel Calls for Overhaul of State's Higher-Education System

By SARA HEBEL and ERIC HOOVER

New York must refrain from "overregulation" and allow its public universities to raise tuition and charge different prices without legislative approval, according to preliminary recommendations that a state panel plans to deliver today to New York's governor, Eliot Spitzer.

The panel's report also urges the state to reinvigorate its higher-education system by establishing a $3-billion research fund to support economic development;