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1 Person Is Dead, 3 Wounded, in Shooting at Northern Arizona U.

The campus reported early Friday morning that the suspect in the incident, which occurred outside a dormitory, was in custody.



How Fafsa’s New Reliance on Older Tax Data Could Affect Colleges  

The chance to apply for aid earlier, using so-called prior-prior-year tax records, is widely seen as a win for students, but much will depend on how colleges and states respond.


Admissions & Student Aid

When a Small-College Scholar Wins a Nobel, the Marketing Begins

Seizing an opportunity that won’t come often, Drew University has made William Campbell, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday, the focus of a broad-ranging marketing campaign.

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California Court Says College Students Cannot Expect Protection From Classroom Crimes

A UCLA student had sued over a 2009 knife attack in a chemistry lab. Her accused assailant was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Defense Department Suspends U. of Phoenix From Its Tuition Assistance Program

The action comes after an investigative report on the for-profit's aggressive recruitment of military servicemembers and amid separate probes by federal and state agencies.


Thanks, Amazon. Campus Mailrooms Struggle to Keep Up With Boom in Packages for Students

The influx is fueled not by care packages from Mom, but by a surge in online shopping — for textbooks, Halloween costumes, Valentine sweets, dormitory décor, even mini-fridges.



As Federal Investigations of Sex Assault Get Tougher, Some Ask if That’s Progress  

Colleges’ latest settlements with the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights divide opinions: greater protection for students or automatic indictment of institutions?

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Responding to Racist Incidents, U. of Missouri Requires Diversity Training for Students and Employees

The announcement follows two incidents in which students said they had been subjected to racial slurs.

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Purdue Says It Overreacted by Deleting Video of Journalist Who Showed Classified Slides

Barton Gellman says the university consulted the government before deleting video of his presentation, then backtracked.


Students Who Feel Emotionally Unprepared for College Struggle in the Classroom

Stress outside the lecture hall tends to result in lower grades for freshmen, along with a range of other negative experiences, according to survey results released on Thursday.



Colleges Are Accused of Withholding Public Records on the Role of Race in Admissions  

A brief filed in the closely watched Fisher v. Texas case says universities are becoming "steadily less transparent" when faced with open-records requests. Many institutions beg to differ.



MIT Master’s Program to Use MOOCs as ‘Admissions Test’

Students who do well in a series of free online courses will enhance their chances of being accepted into a supply-chain-management program on the campus.



How a Law Seminar Inspired a Student to Bring a Case to Europe’s Top Court

A landmark privacy-rights decision this week resulted from a Facebook representative's visit to a law-school classroom at Santa Clara University. A professor there describes what happened.

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After Criticism, a Controversial Effort to 'Recast' Admissions Pushes Back Its Start Date

The planned January launch had prompted worries from counselors that the project was moving too fast.

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Eastern Kentucky U. Cancels Classes and Moves Football Game After Threats

University officials said Wednesday that social-media posts increased the seriousness of the threat, first made in bathroom graffiti.

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Drury U. Cuts 12 Faculty Positions, Citing Lower Enrollment

The faculty members losing their jobs teach in areas of "less demand," the college said, including theater, philosophy, music, and education.

Wired Campus

Measuring Academic Skills and 'Grit' to Help Identify At-Risk Students

With the help of nearly $2 million in grant money, Excelsior College plans to use analytics to keep the students enrolled, and to share the tool.

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Closed by Flooding, U. of South Carolina Moves Football Game to Louisiana

Moving the hotly anticipated game against Louisiana State University is the latest measure taken in response to flooding that has devastated much of the state.

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Provost Is Latest to Go in Surge of Resignations and Firings at Jackson State U.

Among the other officials who have lost their jobs recently: the interim athletic director, the football coach, an associate athletic director, and a cheerleading coach.


How to Improve Arab Research

Sari Hanafi, a sociologist who has studied academics in the Arab world, says "lack of freedom of expression" holds back reseachers in the region.

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MIT Unveils 'MicroMaster's,' Allowing Students to Get Half Their Degree From MOOCs

The pilot program, for the institution's master's in supply-chain management, introduces "a new academic credential for the digital age," the university says.

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Naropa U. Is No Longer Seeking Permission to Kill 100 Prairie Dogs

The "Buddhist-inspired" university's application for a lethal-control permit prompted protests from animal-rights activists.

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Louisiana State U. Faculty Censures Administrators for Firing Profanity-Prone Professor

The Faculty Senate voted, 39 to 5, for censure, saying administrators had applied "a standard that is chilling in its breadth and ambiguity" to the fired professor.


Wired Campus

How Video Games Are Becoming University-Approved Sports

When the gamers arrived on Saturday morning, 8,000 feet of extension cords and 11,000 feet of Ethernet cables waited inside the University of Cincinnati’s basketball arena.



A Faculty’s Stand on Trigger Warnings Stirs Fears Among Students  

Even as it draws praise for shielding academic freedom, the skeptical stance taken by American University professors is also being denounced for potentially undermining students who are psychologically vulnerable.