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Students

How Alabama Is Trying to Diversify Its Greek Organizations

This month the university released an "action plan" that seeks to promote inclusiveness within its traditionally white fraternities and sororities. But concerns remain about the possibility of lasting change.

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Research

A Team of Political Scientists, a Convention Like No Other, and a Search for One Good Protest

Student researchers from Penn State arrived at the Republican National Convention expecting chaotic — and perhaps frightening — scenes of activism. Instead they got a lesson in the unpredictability of social-science fieldwork.

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Faculty

‘Historians Against Trump’ and ‘Historians on Donald Trump’: Scholars Sound Off About Why They Joined

Academics in the two groups say they see it as their duty to point out historical precedents for a Trump presidency and to help the public make educated choices.

The Ticker

NCAA Questions Host Cities on Possible Discrimination

Cities that will host NCAA events or have expressed interest in doing so are being asked about local laws, regulations, or policies that might be biased.

The Ticker

Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses

The new regulations would close what's been called a loophole in which distance-education providers enroll students in states where the institutions are not located.

The Ticker

U. of Michigan Board Chair Withdraws $3-Million Gift Over Naming Concerns

He and his wife had pledged to fund a new building to be named for them, but they dropped the idea after critics noted that it would replace the only campus building named for an African-American.

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Technology

Which Ed-Tech Tools Truly Work? New Project Aims to Tell Why No One Seems Eager to Find Out

Jefferson Education, an incubator affiliated with the University of Virginia, has enlisted more than 100 educators, entrepreneurs, and experts to examine why neither companies nor their customers tend to rigorously evaluate their products.

Faculty

How to Hold Research ‘Rock Stars’ Accountable for Sexual Harassment

A panel on harassment in academe, particularly in the sciences, explored why it’s difficult to punish professors for inappropriate behavior and what can be done about that. Here are three themes from the discussion.

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International

Turkey’s University Leaders Are Expected to Face Loyalty Inquiries

Turkish scholars in the United States say the recent turmoil appears to have been part of a long dispute between former allies who shared an interest in making the country more Islamic.

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Teaching

How One English Professor Plans to Turn Melania Trump Into a Teachable Moment

Terri Coleman, an adjunct at Dillard University, says the apparent plagiarism by the wife of the Republican nominee will make it onto her syllabus.

The Ticker

Everybody's Talking About Plagiarism. What Is It, Exactly?

Academics have been quick to condemn Melania Trump's speech on Monday night as a clear example of plagiarism. But a general audience might not be as clear on the definition.

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Administration

U. of Cincinnati Grapples With the Legacy of a Black Man Killed by Its Police

The shooting of Samuel DuBose forced university leaders to ask basic questions about their private police force. The answers were not pretty.

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Community Colleges

New Leader, New Vision for California Community Colleges

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who will take charge of the 113-campus system in December, says the colleges must become more "nimble" in responding to the state’s work-force needs.

Lingua Franca

You Can't Make This Stuff Up

There's no limit to the astonishing this year, says Allan Metcalf.

Letters

Scholars Do, in Fact, Agree on Basics of Plagiarism

Melania Trump's speech is a great opportunity to explain what plagiarism is and why academics care about it.

Letters

Funding Model Supported in Essay Does Not Preserve Public Good

A better model is one in which the administration is accountable to those — deans, faculty, staff, and students – who focus on making the university a place of research and education.

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Vitae

'Dear Forums ...': How Can I Make the Most of a Visiting Assistant Professorship?

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: how to write a diversity statement.

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Vitae

Get Your Manuscript Out!

Peer reviewers play a key role in helping you do that, even when they say mean things.