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5 Damning Findings From the Baylor Investigation

Virtually everything that could be wrong with a university's and an athletic department's treatment of sexual assault was wrong at Baylor.



What Colleges Can Do to Diversify Their Curricula  

Student protesters at Seattle University want fewer "dead white dudes" in their curriculum. Is that possible?


Independent Investigators Seek to Save Colleges From Themselves  

Whom do governing boards call when their college is under fire for mishandling a sexual assault? An outsider.

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Norwich U. Will Allow Cadets to Wear Religious Headgear

The private military college in Vermont said it would allow a female student to wear a Muslim headscarf and Jewish students to wear yarmulkes with their uniforms.

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Baylor Demotes President and Moves to Fire Football Coach Amid Sex-Assault Controversy

The announcements came amid intense criticism over how the university has handled reported rapes involving football players.

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U. of Iowa Cheating Investigation Focuses on Chinese Companies

Several students have admitted to paying the "coaching" services to take online tests for them, Reuters reports.



State Lawmakers Seek to Protect Campus Speech, With Mixed Success  

Arizona bars public colleges from confining protests to "speech zones," but other states’ legislatures resist taking stands on hot-button issues like microaggressions and trigger warnings.



Why Georgetown's Randy Bass Wants to 'Rebundle' College  

Believe it or not, he says, traditional institutions have a long history of innovation. His university's project on the future of higher education intends to continue that trend.



A ‘Devastating Account’ of Diversity at Yale  

Ambitious plans and a repeated failure to execute them characterize the university’s record of confronting race, a faculty panel concludes.


Leadership & Governance

Video: A Longtime Force in Higher Education Reflects on the Changing Landscape

David Longanecker, set to retire as president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, says colleges must become more “friendly” to low-income and first-generation students.



At the End of a Watershed Year, Can Student Activists Sustain Momentum?  

The protesters who made race on campus a nationwide issue certainly intend to keep up the pressure. They’re recruiting a new generation of leaders, placing students on campus committees, and boning up on administrative bureaucracy.



Everyone’s Waiting for Trump’s Higher-Education Platform. In the Meantime, Here are Some Clues.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee hasn’t released a plan, but he has commented on student loans, international students, and more.


Leadership & Governance

Discussing Past Suicide Attempts, Cincinnati President Aims to Lessen Stigma

Santa J. Ono explains his decision to openly discuss his past battles with mental illness, including two separate occasions in which he sought to take his own life.



Say Nothing or Say No?

Are women judged more harshly for saying no than their male colleagues?

Lingua Franca

Selfies With Sunnies

No more "shades." If you want to keep cool this summer, you'll have to wear "sunnies," says Allan Metcalf.


True Reason Campus Group Wouldn’t Co-Sponsor Conference on Rape

It's not accurate that the Center for Women's and Gender Studies declined to participate "because of a disagreement over how the speakers and topics would be selected."



From Bench Science to Development Specialist

How a Ph.D. in physiology decided to pursue a fund-raising career for a scientific society.



The Professor Is In: How Should I Reintroduce Myself?

A Ph.D. wonders how to approach applying for her “dream job” at her undergraduate alma mater.