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How to Sell the Value of the Liberal Arts

July 10, 2018 - 2:02pm
Carmen T. Ambar, president of Oberlin College, talks about the importance of explaining to parents that college is worth the price.
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A Flagship’s Proposed Slogan — ‘The World Needs More Cowboys’ — Draws Fire Out West

July 10, 2018 - 1:03pm
The tag line is part of a campaign that the university says expands the definition of “cowboy.” Some professors have responded that the slogan is inherently exclusionary.
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Why a College Plans to Raze 2 Dorms — and What It Means for the Future of the Campus

July 10, 2018 - 9:29am
If ever there were a metaphor for the impact of technology and demographic shifts on college spaces, it can be found at Fayetteville State University. Read why in our revamped Re:Learning newsletter.
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Apps Can Help Advise First-Generation Students. But It Takes a Human to Say ‘I Believe in You.’

July 9, 2018 - 2:26pm
Buoyed by a $20-million gift, the College Advising Corps is doubling down to help more minority, low-income, and first-generation students get into college. Without them, says its founder and chief executive, Nicole Hurd, “we won’t have the democracy we want.”
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This Professor Made Up a Job Offer From Another University. Now He Faces a Criminal Charge.

July 9, 2018 - 12:23pm
The Colorado State University professor managed to get a $5,000 raise, until the university suspected his competing job offer was fake. 
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For Georgetown Alumni, a Fellow Graduate’s Defense of Child Separation Touches a Nerve

July 9, 2018 - 11:54am
A group of Georgetown University alumni has circulated a petition calling for the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security.
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George Mason’s Foundation Does Not Need to Release Records of Koch Foundation Agreements, Judge Finds

July 6, 2018 - 6:56pm
Activists, buoyed by the university president’s recent admission that some old agreements had not met academic standards, sought access to a wider swath of unreleased documents.
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Larry Nassar’s Former Boss Is Out at Michigan State

July 6, 2018 - 3:09pm
William Strampel, a professor and former dean who has faced his own controversy since a scandal exploded around the former sports doctor, has retired. The university had been trying to revoke his tenure and to fire him since February.
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How One College Reinvented Its Hiring Process to Better Test for ‘Fit’

July 6, 2018 - 1:59pm
Olin College of Engineering has built its brand on being different. So its leaders wanted to make sure applicants understood what it would be like to work there.
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Wisconsin Court Sides With Professor Who Was Suspended After Blogging About a Student

July 6, 2018 - 8:16am
The case was watched as a national marker of the limits of academic freedom. 
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How Independent Are Those ‘Independent’ Investigations Into Campus Sexual-Assault Scandals?

July 5, 2018 - 7:21pm
Renewed criticism of a 2016 inquiry at Baylor University has raised questions about the law firms colleges call in for help. Some critics say the lawyers have incentives to serve the college, not expose its failings.
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A Professor Called Out a Student by Name on His Blog. Should That Cost Him His Job?

July 5, 2018 - 4:51pm
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected to rule on Friday in McAdams v. Marquette University — a case that is either about academic freedom or basic professionalism, depending on whom you ask.
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Transitions: Los Angeles City College Makes Interim President Permanent, 4 Universities Name New Provosts

July 5, 2018 - 4:01pm
Mary Gallagher will lead Los Angeles City College. Western Kentucky University chose a liberal arts dean as provost.
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What’s Obvious to Academics but Not to the Public? Scholars Are Happy to Say

July 5, 2018 - 12:09pm
A Twitter user provided the prompt: “What’s something that seems obvious within your profession, but the general public seems to misunderstand?” And professors responded.
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Higher Education’s Biggest Moral Failure? And 4 Other Questions for Indiana U.'s President

July 5, 2018 - 11:33am
For "In the Hot Seat," our new series, Indiana University's chief executive, Michael A. McRobbie, has five answers.
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When Your Course Suddenly Needs an Overhaul

July 5, 2018 - 8:07am
News events and new discoveries can push professors to rethink their syllabi.    
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How Much Is Tuition? At the U. of Illinois, Like Many Research Universities, It’s Complicated

July 3, 2018 - 7:17pm
More than half of the nation’s public research institutions now charge different tuition levels based on students’ majors. The practice raises revenue, but critics say it does so at the expense of lower-income students.
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The Trump Administration Just Rescinded Obama-Era Guidance on Race-Conscious Admissions Policies. So What?

July 3, 2018 - 6:02pm
Rolling back existing guidelines doesn’t change the law of the land. But it might convey a message to colleges: “Be very careful.”
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Yes, Northeastern U. Has Done Research for ICE. No, It’s Not About Border Patrol.

July 3, 2018 - 4:36pm
The university says its work is meant to help prevent a weapon of mass destruction from coming into the United States. Critics say that no institution should have any contract with the agency.
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Fresh Ideas to Help Adult Learners Succeed

July 3, 2018 - 4:12pm
"27 is the new 18." So said panelists at a conference session I helped facilitate last week about adult learners. Here's what I took away from the discussion.
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