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The Ticker

In Victory for Union Efforts, NLRB Rules Columbia U. Grad Students Are Employees

The National Labor Relations Board's 3-to-1 decision reverses a 2004 ruling involving Brown University. That decision barred graduate students at private colleges from unionizing.

The Ticker

Will the NLRB's Columbia Ruling Tarnish the 'College Experience'? A Closer Look

The board's lone dissenter said a host of unwelcome behaviors were likely to take hold at private colleges. The other members largely dismissed that concern.

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Students

Meet the Sex Shops in Austin, Tex., That Put the Cocks in ‘Cocks Not Glocks’

The University of Texas flagship prohibits dildos but, thanks to the state’s new campus-carry law, allows guns. Students are protesting, and local proprietors are lending a hand.

Administration

Duke U. Lays Claim to $10 Million From Oilman’s Estate

The university filed probate-court papers on Tuesday seeking more than $9.9 million in what it says were unfunded pledges made by the oil and gas magnate Aubrey McClendon before his death, in March, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Faculty

You Don’t Know Your Students. This Professor Hopes to Change That.

Michael Wesch, an associate professor of anthropology at Kansas State University, joins his students for an unusual tour of their lives beyond the classroom.

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Teaching

How One Professor Will Turn Wisconsin’s Higher-Ed Philosophy Into a Seminar

This fall Chad A. Goldberg will teach students the significance of the "Wisconsin Idea," a longstanding principle in the state-university system’s mission statement that was almost overturned last year by the governor.

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Finance

A New Academic Year Brings Fresh Anxiety at Illinois’s Public Colleges

A state-budget stalemate means the colleges haven’t seen permanent funding in over a year. Administrators now wonder if the crisis will reverberate for years to come.

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Leadership & Governance

What It’s Like to Be Interim President — Again

The current interim leaders of Baylor, Cornell, and Temple are all in their second go-round in that job on their campuses. Here’s a look at some of the challenges they face.

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Students

What Will College Be Like for a Transgender Student in North Carolina?

The recipient of a prestigious scholarship talks about how he will navigate his freshman year after the passage of the state’s controversial "bathroom bill."

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Research

The New Gun-Violence Scholars

A discipline with little federal funding now has some momentum. But the researchers who study firearms violence and policy still face emotional and financial demands.

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Admissions & Student Aid

A Wider Lens on the ‘Match’ Between Students and Colleges

Many people worry that high-achieving, low-income students too often don’t attend top colleges. A new book explores the challenge of helping more students succeed at a broader range of institutions.

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Students

What Has Welfare Reform Meant for Students’ Higher-Education Dreams?

The law, signed 20 years ago today by President Bill Clinton, has had a complex impact on poverty — and on educational attainment, according to Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, a policy analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy.

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Community Colleges

How One College Helps Its Students Navigate the Maze of Social Services

Skyline College is one of a small but growing number of institutions that look beyond financial aid to help ensure that living expenses don’t delay or derail adult students.

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Vitae

Why Cold-Calling on Students Works

It’s doesn’t have to be an antagonistic demand to prove themselves, it can be a warm invitation to contribute.

Lingua Franca

A Person Who

I’m a person who likes and I like mean exactly the same thing, says Lucy Ferriss. So why the rise in the more convoluted version?

Letters

There Exist Proven Approaches to Non-Academic Student Support

Colleges and universities are implementing an array of innovative new programs that offer students guidance on navigating the higher-education landscape and help them develop the skills needed for success.

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Vitae

On Awkward PowerPoints and Wobbly Podiums

When to ask for help and when to make the best of it.

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Vitae

Dear Adviser: You Were My Favorite Mistake

In choosing my committee chair, I made the best worst decision of my academic career.