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Leadership & Governance

‘Fundamental Failure’ on Sexual Assaults Brings Sweeping Change at Baylor

The university’s leaders face a steep challenge in enacting the reforms that they promised after Baylor’s response to sexual violence, especially involving its football team, was found to be riddled with problems.

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Students

Baylor’s Admission of Major Mistakes on Sexual Assault Sends Shock Through Its Community

The university’s decision to demote the president and fire the football coach left activists feeling as if their voices had finally been heard.

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Leadership & Governance

With Ken Starr’s Future in Doubt, Baylor Alumni Come to His Defense  

A petition urging the regents to keep the president in office has gained more than a thousand signatures. But some say the effort is misguided.

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Government

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.

Administration

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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Leadership & Governance

The Fallout at Baylor

A sexual-assault controversy has led the university to demote its president and take action against members of its athletics staff. Here's how it happened, and what might come next.

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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.

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Leadership & Governance

Questions Swirl Amid Reports of Baylor President’s Firing

The university refused to comment on reports that Kenneth W. Starr had been ousted following a series of sexual-assault cases involving football players.

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Government

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.

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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.

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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.

Administration

Regional Publics Cast Wider Nets and Rethink Retention  

The universities aren’t aggressively recruiting in faraway states, but they are reaching beyond traditional boundaries and trying other strategies to hit enrollment goals.

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Government

Where Does the Regional State University Go From Here?  

Reeling from financial crises, the workhorse of public education is being reshaped on the fly.

Government

What Obama’s Overtime Rule Could Mean for Colleges

The rule will affect more than just postdoctoral researchers at public institutions. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know about its potential impact.

Students

Among Greek Groups, Efforts to Curb Drinking Have Little Effect

Members of fraternities and sororities who participated in alcohol-education programs drank just as heavily as before, sometimes even more heavily, a study finds.

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Admissions & Student Aid

Common App’s New Leader Ponders College Access — and Holographic Video Interviews

Jenny Rickard, now at the University of Puget Sound, describes her vision for the nonprofit organization behind the widely used admissions-application platform.

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Government

UNC Tuition for $500? State Lawmakers Consider the Possibility at 5 Campuses  

Legislatures in several states have tried to curb college costs, but none has gone as far as a bill in North Carolina would. The bill’s focus on minority-serving institutions adds another dimension to the debate.

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Government

Why Do Politicians Keep Talking About ‘Hard-Working’ Students?  

The frequently used phrase sheds light on how politicians and the public view higher ed — and they might not all be talking about the same thing.

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Students

‘Yes’ to Sex? Students Consider What That Looks and Sounds Like  

The standard of "affirmative consent" in sexual encounters has spread to many campuses, but students are still trying to figure out how to apply it.