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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.



Inside One University's Pursuit of Nine-Figure Donations  

Northwestern University’s remarkable year illustrates how one blockbuster donation can lead to another.



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.


Congress Again Scrutinizes Colleges With Big Endowments  

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


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.



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."


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."



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.


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.



The Week: What You Need to Know About the Past 7 Days

Sweet Briar’s new president says things are looking up, students at the University of Oxford want a statue of Cecil Rhodes to come down, and a Suffolk University squabble hits the newspapers.



What I'm Reading: ‘Paying It Forward’

A book describes a faculty diversity effort that has been so successful that many people would like to take credit for it.



In Georgia, a Pioneer of Integration Guides the Merger of an HBCU and a 2-Year College

Arthur Dunning says the newly consolidated institution will emphasize preparing students for jobs.


Part-Timers: ‘Marginal, Expendable, Underprivileged, Underpaid’

Expressing the same frustrations in 1975 as they do today, some part-time instructors made early attempts to organize.

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Suffolk's President and Its Board Chair Will Step Down

The board chair, Andrew Meyer Jr., will leave the board in May, while President Margaret A. McKenna will step down no later than the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

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Keuka College to Change 'Wolfpack' Nickname After Pressure From N.C. State

The college's teams will compete as the Wolves when the 2015-16 year concludes.



What the MIT Dean’s New University Can Learn From Past Upstarts  

Administrators at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Hampshire College reflect on the challenges of shaking up the standard system.


How to Teach the Super Bowl

At Syracuse University about 100 students will be watching Sunday’s game with an eye toward its societal, economic, and cultural implications.