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Government

What Obama's 2017 Budget Means for Higher Ed

The president's final budget proposal includes a boost for community colleges and gives science researchers reason to worry. Here's a look at the key items. 

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Finance

Inside One University's Pursuit of Nine-Figure Donations  

Northwestern University’s remarkable year illustrates how one blockbuster donation can lead to another.

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Technology

Boom in Online Tutoring Means Another Cost for Many Students  

One student's perspective: "It’s Thursday night and you have two big homeworks due Friday. Your friends are going out. You’re just like, I just want to finish this, I don’t really care how this gets done."

The Ticker

Acknowledging 'New Normal,' Berkeley Announces Broad Plan to Shore Up Finances

"Every aspect of Berkeley's operations and organizational structure will be under consideration," the chancellor wrote in a message on Wednesday morning.

The Ticker

Here's a Snapshot of Online Learning in 2015

In its final survey of online education, the Babson Survey Research Group found that, among other things, faculty members remain skeptical of it.

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Administration

Turmoil Continues at a Maryland Campus With a Provost’s Resignation and Faculty Firings

The dispute over a controversial retention plan pushed by the president of Mount St. Mary’s University has now sparked a round of casualties.

Finance

Congress Again Scrutinizes Colleges With Big Endowments  

Private institutions whose nest eggs exceed $1 billion are the focus of lawmakers’ questionnaires.

Government

Education Dept. Creates ‘Enforcement Unit’ to Police College Wrongdoing

In a budget request on Tuesday, the Obama administration will ask for $13.6 million to help it react "more quickly and efficiently" to allegations of student-aid and other misconduct.

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Leadership & Governance

The Improvisational President  

Goucher College’s José Antonio Bowen thinks the admissions process is "insane." To fix it, he’s calling on the skills he developed as a musician.

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Students

A Closer Look at 7 Common Requirements in Resolved Federal Sex-Assault Inquiries  

As Title IX complaints have multiplied, the government has issued more-expansive mandates for the colleges it has investigated.

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Technology

What the MIT Dean’s New University Can Learn From Past Upstarts  

Administrators at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Hampshire College reflect on the challenges of shaking up the standard system.

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Administration

In a Crisis-Stricken City, a Public University Searches for Its Role  

The University of Michigan at Flint has long considered itself loyal to its community. Now campus leaders have been challenged to prove what that loyalty is worth.

Administration

An Administrator’s Rape Allegation Shakes Student-Conduct Group

The president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration publicly accused her predecessor of assaulting her. His university placed him on paid leave while it investigates.

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Faculty

U. of Wisconsin Faculty Members Fear Gutting of Tenure  

Faculty leaders are criticizing proposed policies that were devised to replace job protections stripped out of state law. They say the proposals leave professors far too vulnerable to layoffs.

Students

‘It’s Terrifying to Do Something Like This’: Ex-Sorority Member Broadcasts Concerns About Greek Life

When a Syracuse University senior wanted to air her grievances about body-shaming among women, she turned to YouTube. She talks about what happened next.

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The Chronicle Review

The Future of the Past  

Literature can help cure historical amnesia.

Lingua Franca

Fool 'Ish' Ways

Allan Metcalf notes a suffix that is taking on a life of its own.

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Vitae

A Piece of the Learning Puzzle

How the "jigsaw classroom" can help students to see a subject in both piecemeal and broad ways.

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Vitae

Automate This, Not That

Some technological innovations can make higher education better — just as others can make it worse.