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Leadership & Governance

How Mount St. Mary’s Chose Simon Newman as Its President  

The former private-equity chief executive threw his hat into the ring on the last day applications were accepted, promising to bring national exposure to the Maryland campus.

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Students

Are Struggling College Students Like Cuddly Bunnies That Should Be Drowned?

A trip down the rabbit hole of a scandalous analogy.

Leadership & Governance

How 3 Crisis-Communications Experts Would Have Handled the Uproar at Mount St. Mary’s  

Many in academe have been quick to criticize Simon P. Newman’s response to the furor on the Maryland campus. Here’s how PR professionals would have done it differently.

Admissions & Student Aid

Applicants Want Mix of Old and New Technology in Recruitment, Survey Finds

Teenagers still find printed letters to be helpful, and while they often want colleges to text them on their smartphones, sometimes they don’t.

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Students

Protecting Student Journalists in a New-Media Era

A campaign for state laws guaranteeing the First Amendment rights of student journalists portrays unrestricted campus newspapers as a welcome antidote to unaccountable social media.

Government

U.S. House Backs New Bid to Require ‘National Interest’ Certification for NSF Grants

The bill's Republican sponsor says it's meant to ensure that the grant process is transparent and accountable. Opponents see it as "another anti-science piece of legislation."

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Leadership & Governance

Confronting a ‘New Normal,’ Berkeley Considers Cuts

The university must undertake a major effort to streamline its operations, its chancellor said, even as he acknowledged that some of the changes could be "painful."

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Students

Today’s Freshman Class Is the Most Likely to Protest in Half a Century

An annual survey, now in its 50th year, found that first-year students of all races reported being more likely to take part in demonstrations than just a year before.

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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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Administration

Fallout at Mount St. Mary's Spreads as Scholars Protest Firings

The American Association of University Professors and free-speech groups are among those condemning the university’s abrupt dismissal of two faculty members this week.

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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.

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.

Finance

Congress Again Scrutinizes Colleges With Big Endowments  

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

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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.