Graduate Students

NYU’s Graduate Union: Success Story or Cautionary Tale?

The NLRB’s ruling on Tuesday, that graduate students are employees, prompts a look back at the labor-union battle that started it all.

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The Ticker

In Victory for Union Efforts, NLRB Rules Columbia U. Grad Students Are Employees

The National Labor Relations Board's 3-to-1 decision reverses a 2004 ruling involving Brown University. That decision barred graduate students at private colleges from unionizing.

The Ticker

Will the NLRB's Columbia Ruling Tarnish the 'College Experience'? A Closer Look

The board's lone dissenter said a host of unwelcome behaviors were likely to take hold at private colleges. The other members largely dismissed that concern.

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Teaching

How One Professor Will Turn Wisconsin’s Higher-Ed Philosophy Into a Seminar

This fall Chad A. Goldberg will teach students the significance of the "Wisconsin Idea," a longstanding principle in the state-university system’s mission statement that was almost overturned last year by the governor.

The Ticker

Out to 'Impress' a Woman, U. of Pittsburgh Student Instead Needs to Be Rescued

"The young man met a girl, brought her up to a rooftop, and decided to impress her by leaping from one roof to the next," a city spokeswoman said. He ended up stuck beside a Qdoba restaurant.

The Ticker

Stanford Bans Hard Liquor From Undergraduate Parties

The university's students and faculty and staff members have been talking about its troubling alcohol culture since March.

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Finance

A New Academic Year Brings Fresh Anxiety at Illinois’s Public Colleges

A state-budget stalemate means the colleges haven’t seen permanent funding in over a year. Administrators now wonder if the crisis will reverberate for years to come.

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Leadership & Governance

What It’s Like to Be Interim President — Again

The current interim leaders of Baylor, Cornell, and Temple are all in their second go-round in that job on their campuses. Here’s a look at some of the challenges they face.

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Students

What Will College Be Like for a Transgender Student in North Carolina?

The recipient of a prestigious scholarship talks about how he will navigate his freshman year after the passage of the state’s controversial "bathroom bill."

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Research

The New Gun-Violence Scholars

A discipline with little federal funding now has some momentum. But the researchers who study firearms violence and policy still face emotional and financial demands.

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Admissions & Student Aid

A Wider Lens on the ‘Match’ Between Students and Colleges

Many people worry that high-achieving, low-income students too often don’t attend top colleges. A new book explores the challenge of helping more students succeed at a broader range of institutions.

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Students

What Has Welfare Reform Meant for Students’ Higher-Education Dreams?

The law, signed 20 years ago today by President Bill Clinton, has had a complex impact on poverty — and on educational attainment, according to Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, a policy analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy.

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Community Colleges

How One College Helps Its Students Navigate the Maze of Social Services

Skyline College is one of a small but growing number of institutions that look beyond financial aid to help ensure that living expenses don’t delay or derail adult students.

Lingua Franca

A Person Who

I’m a person who likes and I like mean exactly the same thing, says Lucy Ferriss. So why the rise in the more convoluted version?

Letters

There Exist Proven Approaches to Non-Academic Student Support

Colleges and universities are implementing an array of innovative new programs that offer students guidance on navigating the higher-education landscape and help them develop the skills needed for success.

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The Chronicle Review

The Insidious Imps of Writing

To outwit them, you've got to hypnotize yourself, shaking off the shackles of everyday routine.

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Vitae

On Awkward PowerPoints and Wobbly Podiums

When to ask for help and when to make the best of it.

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Vitae

Dear Adviser: You Were My Favorite Mistake

In choosing my committee chair, I made the best worst decision of my academic career.