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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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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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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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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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Faculty

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.

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After 10 Days on the Lam, Wayward Goat Is Back at U. of Iowa

"We are very happy to report that William the Goat is in custody and back home in a nice warm pen out at the University Research Park," the police said.

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Black Students Are Overrepresented in Low-Paying Majors, Study Finds

More African-American students attend college, but they disproportionately pick majors that lead to low-paying jobs, such as human services and community organization.

Finance

Congress Again Scrutinizes Colleges With Big Endowments  

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

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.

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Technology

Boom in Online Tutoring Means Another Cost for Many Students  

One student's perspective: "It’s Thursday night and you have two big homeworks due Friday. Your friends are going out. You’re just like, I just want to finish this, I don’t really care how this gets done."

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Proposed Budget Would Be 'Detrimental' to Kentucky State U., President Says

Raymond M. Burse said that, under the current proposal, the university would have to "declare financial exigency and/or prepare a closure plan."

Technology

Trends, Teaching, Transformation: The Chronicle's Sessions at SXSWedu

At next month's conference, we will again borrow a page from the TV show Shark Tank with a return of our "Shark Tank: Edu Edition."

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Apollo Education, U. of Phoenix's Parent, Is Sold for $1.1 Billion

The company has been acquired by "a consortium of investors," and its board will be led by a former deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education.

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George Washington U. Stops Accepting Donated Cadavers After Losing Track of Body Identities

The medical school's dean says that "we have been unable to make a positive identification of certain donor bodies and as a result are unable to return ashes to some families who have requested them."

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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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Professor Who Expressed Solidarity With Muslims Will Leave Wheaton of Illinois

The evangelical Christian college had been seeking to fire the professor in a theological dispute over her views about Christianity and Islam.