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.



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.


‘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.

The Ticker

Suffolk's President and Its Board Chair Will Step Down

The board chair, Andrew Meyer Jr., will leave the board in May, while President Margaret A. McKenna will step down no later than the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

The Ticker

Keuka College to Change 'Wolfpack' Nickname After Pressure From N.C. State

The college's teams will compete as the Wolves when the 2015-16 year concludes.



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.



When a Faculty Candidate Has Been Investigated for Harassment, What’s a Hiring Committee to Do?  

That’s a thorny question, as the resignation of a molecular biologist at the University of Chicago demonstrates. Without hard evidence or standard practices, professors struggle to balance the presumption of innocence with a desire to protect their own grad students.



What the Education Dept.’s Security Failures Mean for Students and Colleges  

Congressional hearings on the agency’s vulnerability to hackers have featured plenty of anger and acronyms. Here’s a guide to what’s at stake for students, families, and colleges.


In Airbnb Era, Colleges Count on Housing Contracts to Deter Dorm-Room Rentals

As students post offers on the site, colleges revisit their policies to make sure the practice is forbidden.



Presidents of Small Colleges Bank on Fund Raising to Survive  

Big gifts are critical, but with concerns about the future of the liberal-arts institutions, some would-be donors are asking tougher questions before giving.



Lawmakers Roast the Education Dept.’s Top Technology Officer Over Ethics and Data Security

Danny Harris answered charges that he had committed financial improprieties and failed to secure the agency’s "vulnerable" information systems in a three-hour grilling from a U.S. House committee.


Leadership & Governance

Video: How to Make Public Engagement a Priority at Research Universities

Public universities should deepen their engagement with their communities and make those partnerships part of their core academic missions, says Robert J. Jones, president of the University at Albany.



Northwestern U. Loses Round Over Unauthorized Patient Testing  

The university's teaching hospital and its chief of cardiac surgery remain as defendants in a lawsuit that alleges a lack of informed consent.


Leadership & Governance

Confronting Racial Divide, Missouri’s Interim President Finds Anger, Finger-Pointing  

Nearly three months after the University of Missouri’s top two officials resigned amid student protests, Michael Middleton leads an institution still wrestling with its path forward.

Leadership & Governance

Video: Restoring Stability to an Institution Rocked by Protests

The University of Missouri has never effectively dealt with the "serious scars" of systemic racism and discrimination against African-Americans, says Michael Middleton, its interim president, and he hopes to help grapple with those issues.



Time Is a Feminist Issue in Academia, Too

The creep of academic work has been met by the creep of caregiving duties.



'Dear Forums ...': Can I Parlay a Tenure-Track Offer Into a Non-Tenure-Track Job?

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