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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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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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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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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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Administration

The Week: What You Need to Know About the Past 7 Days

Sweet Briar’s new president says things are looking up, students at the University of Oxford want a statue of Cecil Rhodes to come down, and a Suffolk University squabble hits the newspapers.

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Government

How Many French-Literature Degrees Is Kentucky Really Paying For?  

Gov. Matthew G. Bevin questioned whether such students should be "subsidized by the taxpayers like engineers." But little of the state’s money supports students in any foreign-language study at all.

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.

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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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.

Students

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.

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Government

What the Education Dept.'s Information-Security Breakdowns Really Mean  

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.

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Government

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

In a three-hour grilling by a U.S. House committee, Danny Harris answered accusations of financial improprieties and failure to secure "vulnerable" information systems.

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Administration

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.

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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.

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.

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Leadership & Governance

Confronting a 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.

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Leadership & Governance

How a Freshman-Retention Plan Turned Into a PR Disaster for One Campus  

The president of Mount St. Mary’s University of Maryland has drawn fire for comments about steering underperforming freshmen from the campus. He says bad communication turned the situation messy.