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Seattle U.’s Humanities Dean, the Subject of Student Protests, Retires

Jodi O. Kelly had been placed on administrative leave after a 22-day sit-in protest staged by students critical of the college's "Eurocentric" curriculum.

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NCAA Questions Host Cities on Possible Discrimination

Cities that will host NCAA events or have expressed interest in doing so are being asked about local laws, regulations, or policies that might be biased.

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Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses

The new regulations would close what's been called a loophole in which distance-education providers enroll students in states where the institutions are not located.



As Dual Enrollments Swell, So Do Worries About Academic Rigor

Courses that give high-school students college credit before they graduate are expanding rapidly. In Texas, where the idea is especially popular, many educators are watching the trend warily.



How Alabama Is Trying to Diversify Its Greek Organizations

This month the university released an "action plan" that seeks to promote inclusiveness within its traditionally white fraternities and sororities. But concerns remain about the possibility of lasting change.



When Pokémon Goes to Campus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The hit augmented-reality game has prompted many colleges to jump on the bandwagon. Sometimes, though, players are finding themselves in unusual situations.

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U. of Michigan Board Chair Withdraws $3-Million Gift Over Naming Concerns

He and his wife had pledged to fund a new building to be named for them, but they dropped the idea after critics noted that it would replace the only campus building named for an African-American.


Admissions & Student Aid

Behind the Shake-Up at Temple U.: A Merit Scholarship That Grew Too Fast

Though no administrators have taken the blame for the $22-million deficit that led to the president’s resignation, it’s clear that a financial-aid program had become too successful for its own good.


How to Hold Research ‘Rock Stars’ Accountable for Sexual Harassment

A panel on harassment in academe, particularly in the sciences, explored why it’s difficult to punish professors for inappropriate behavior and what can be done about that. Here are three themes from the discussion.



Turkey’s University Leaders Are Expected to Face Loyalty Inquiries

Turkish scholars in the United States say the recent turmoil appears to have been part of a long dispute between former allies who shared an interest in making the country more Islamic.



Which Ed-Tech Tools Truly Work? New Project Aims to Tell Why No One Seems Eager to Find Out

Jefferson Education, an incubator affiliated with the University of Virginia, has enlisted more than 100 educators, entrepreneurs, and experts to examine why neither companies nor their customers tend to rigorously evaluate their products.



‘Historians Against Trump’ and ‘Historians on Donald Trump’: Scholars Sound Off About Why They Joined

Academics in the two groups say they see it as their duty to point out historical precedents for a Trump presidency and to help the public make educated choices.

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HBCU Presidents to Hold Symposium on Gun Violence

The leaders of 34 colleges seek to raise awareness of the "debilitating impact" of the trauma caused by recent shootings.



A Team of Political Scientists, a Convention Like No Other, and a Search for One Good Protest

Student researchers from Penn State arrived at the Republican National Convention expecting chaotic — and perhaps frightening — scenes of activism. Instead they got a lesson in the unpredictability of social-science fieldwork.

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Education Dept. Plans to Improve Customer Service for Student-Loan Borrowers

The agency has released a memorandum detailing five changes, including new economic incentives for loan servicers that help borrowers avoid default.

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N.C. State Settles Free-Speech Lawsuit by Revising Disputed Policy

The case was brought by a Christian group that said its rights had been violated by a university policy requiring it to obtain a permit to solicit students on the campus.



How One English Professor Plans to Turn Melania Trump Into a Teachable Moment

Terri Coleman, an adjunct at Dillard University, says the apparent plagiarism by the wife of the Republican nominee will make it onto her syllabus.

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Yale Rehires Worker Who Smashed Window Depicting Slavery

Corey Menafee, a dishwasher at the university's Calhoun College dining hall, resigned in June after he destroyed the window, which he said was offensive.

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Citing Cost Concern, Wright State Pulls Out as Host of Presidential Debate

The university's president said it would try to recover some of the money it had already spent. Hofstra University will be the new host.

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Everybody's Talking About Plagiarism. What Is It, Exactly?

Academics have been quick to condemn Melania Trump's speech on Monday night as a clear example of plagiarism. But a general audience might not be as clear on the definition.

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U. of Oregon Settles With Whistle-Blowers Who Protested Handling of Student’s Therapy Records

Two former employees accused the university of giving the records to its lawyers to prepare for a lawsuit by the student over her alleged rape, prompting a debate over student privacy.

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U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Names Its First African-American Chancellor

Robert J. Jones has served as president of SUNY's University at Albany since 2013 and has a background in agricultural science.

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Turkey's Education Board Tells 1,577 University Deans to Resign

They are at both private and public institutions.



U. of Cincinnati Grapples With the Legacy of a Black Man Killed by Its Police

The shooting of Samuel DuBose forced university leaders to ask basic questions about their private police force. The answers were not pretty.


Community Colleges

New Leader, New Vision for California Community Colleges

Eloy Ortiz Oakley, who will take charge of the 113-campus system in December, says the colleges must become more "nimble" in responding to the state’s work-force needs.