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What Antonin Scalia's Death May Mean for the 'Fisher' Affirmative-Action Case

The death of the conservative stalwart doesn't have the same impact on the Texas case as it does on others pending before the Supreme Court.

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Student Who Filmed Melissa Click Asks Lawmakers Not to Misuse His Video

"They are using my video as an excuse for the budget cuts they already wanted to make," says the student journalist.

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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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As Mount St. Mary's Offers to Reinstate 2 Professors, Faculty Demands President Quit

When asked if he would accept the embattled university president's offer to return, one tenured professor said, "Hell no."

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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.

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Texas A&M Investigates Reports of Racial Slurs Against Visiting High-School Students

The incident began when a woman allegedly asked the visitors what they thought of her earrings, which were replicas of the Confederate flag.

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.

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Research

From the Discovery of the Century, a Journal Gets More Than 15 Minutes of Fame (and a 404)  

The stunning announcement that researchers had detected gravitational waves threw the scientific world into a frenzy on Thursday. At the center of it was one journal and an editor.

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Faculty

Mount St. Mary’s Tells Tenured Professor It Fired That He Remains on the Payroll but Is Suspended

The university encouraged Thane M. Naberhaus to meet with campus officials so they could "explore the possibility of conciliation."

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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10 Percent of Ursinus College Students Have the Same Mystery Illness

The number of students who have fallen ill with gastrointestinal distress at the Pennsylvania institution stands at a whopping 174.

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Wellesley College Names Its First Black President

Paula Johnson, a professor at Harvard Medical School, will take the helm of the Massachusetts campus on July 1.

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Fraternity Releases Findings on Racist Chant by Oklahoma Chapter

The national office of Sigma Alpha Epsilon said it had polled all its collegiate members and "cannot confirm" that the fraternity originated the chant.

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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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How a Rapper Twitter-Shamed a University Into Paying Him

Talib Kweli warned University of Utah officials in an email that they wouldn't like it if he took to Twitter to get his money. Turns out, he was right.

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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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Acknowledging 'New Normal,' Berkeley Announces Broad Plan to Shore Up Finances

"Every aspect of Berkeley's operations and organizational structure will be under consideration," the chancellor wrote in a message on Wednesday morning.

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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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Faculty

Flagging Disciplines Reclaim Their Relevance  

Facing stagnant enrollment, some foreign-language departments remake the curriculum to demonstrate their value to students and colleges. They may have lessons for other beleaguered programs as well.

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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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Here's a Snapshot of Online Learning in 2015

In its final survey of online education, the Babson Survey Research Group found that, among other things, faculty members remain skeptical of it.

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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.