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

The National Labor Relations 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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Out to 'Impress' a Woman, U. of Pittsburgh Student Instead Needs to Be Rescued

"The young man met a girl, brought her up to a rooftop, and decided to impress her by leaping from one roof to the next," a city spokeswoman said. He ended up stuck beside a Qdoba restaurant.


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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.

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Stanford Bans Hard Liquor From Undergraduate Parties

The university's students and faculty and staff members have been talking about its troubling alcohol culture since March.


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.



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."



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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Judge Rejects Texas Professors' Bid for Injunction to Block Guns From Classrooms

Monday's ruling means that people licensed to carry concealed firearms will be able to bring them to campus when fall classes start, on Wednesday.

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Mexico's President Is Said to Have Plagiarized Law Thesis

An investigative reporter found that Enrique Peña Nieto had copied about a third of the thesis.

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U.S. Acts Against Wells Fargo Bank for Illegal Student-Loan Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that the bank had charged borrowers illicit fees and didn't give customers proper information on their payments.



2003: ‘Academe’s Hispanic Future’

As they enrolled in ever greater numbers, Hispanic students were having an effect on campuses from the Mexican border to Minnesota, from California to the Carolinas.



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.


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.



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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Marist College Is Criticized for Agreeing to Play Duke U. Despite Controversial 'Bathroom' Bill

The New York college’s decision to participate in the game — replacing the University at Albany, which withdrew in response to North Carolina’s House Bill 2 — has caused a stir.

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Ken Starr Resigns Faculty Position at Baylor

The demoted president is severing his final connection with the university after a semester of controversy.

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U. of the Incarnate Word Puts President on Medical Leave for 'Uncharacteristic Behavior'

The interactions of the president, Louis Agnese Jr., with students, faculty, and staff over the past two weeks "have provoked considerable concern for his well-being,” said the chairman of the university's board of trustees in a statement. But Mr. Agnese denied that his behavior has changed.

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Study Finds More Faculty Diversity at Public Institutions Than at Private Ones

The ratio of white tenured faculty members to underrepresented-minority faculty members has gone down by nearly half.


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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Missouri State Instructor Is Charged in Stabbing Death of Professor

An emeritus professor at Missouri State University was found dead in his home on Wednesday, and the police have charged an instructor at the same institution in the attack.



To Curtail Violence, Researchers Say, Reduce Economic Inequality

If a coherent antiviolence strategy exists, it’s built on two precepts: Think small, and start by creating jobs. Both of those guidelines present researchers with challenges.

Community Colleges

6 Steps to a Benefits-Access Program on Campus

Under pressure to improve their completion rates, a number of institutions are turning to public benefits to help students cover their living expenses, and keep them in school.

Leadership & Governance

Video: Top U.S. Higher-Education Official Says Innovation Will Best Serve the ‘New Normal’ Students

Ted Mitchell visited The Chronicle’s newsroom to talk about the Education Department’s role in promoting innovation and change, and ways the legacy of that work could endure after the Obama administration.

Community Colleges

3 Challenges in Creating a Public-Benefits-Access Program — and How to Overcome Them

In a pilot project on building programs to help students navigate government services, colleges came up with some creative solutions to the problems they encountered.


Helping Students Seek Social Services

Even at colleges that try to keep tuition and fees under control, it's other living expenses that often delay or derail adult students. Explore how some institutions are connecting students with public benefits.