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Dowling College, Long in Financial Trouble, Will Close Friday

The small liberal-arts college, which enrolls 2,500 students at two campuses on Long Island, is reportedly $54 million in debt.

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SUNY Chancellor to Step Down in 2017

Nancy Zimpher has faced an uphill battle against budget cuts in New York's sprawling state-university system.

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Akron's Controversial President Will Resign Immediately

According to a statement from the university's Board of Trustees, the board and Scott Scarborough "mutually agreed" on his departure.



Is It Time for Universities to Get Out of the Hospital Business?  

The health-care industry is turning inside out, forcing some elite institutions to consider whether their once-lucrative medical centers are becoming liabilities.


UNC Press to Offer Publishing Services for Professors’ DIY Textbooks

In a fresh example of the growth of open educational resources, the press will work with faculty members who want to create and post online their own materials.



What the Slowdown in Ed-Tech Investment Means for Colleges  

Some start-ups may well burn out, but at least two areas are still growing: career services and learning analytics.



This Professor Enrolled as an Undercover Student

Mike Cross describes what motivated him, what secrets he learned, and how hard many community-college students have it.

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Baylor’s Athletics Director Resigns, Citing Need to Promote Healing

The resignation came days after the university announced sweeping changes in response to a scathing critique of its handling of sexual-assault allegations.



1991: Ivy League Gives Up Sharing Financial-Aid Data

The colleges, along with others, faced antitrust pressure from the Justice Department, which saw the practice as unfair to students

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Judge Orders Release of Trump U. Sales 'Playbooks' and Other Documents

Sales playbooks and other materials from Mr. Trump's defunct online real-estate training program must be released by Thursday, the judge said.

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Spellings Says UNC System Won't Try to Enforce Controversial Bathroom Law

The University of North Carolina's president says she will not set "guidelines or regulations that require transgender students to use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex."

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New Monitor Is Chosen to Oversee Former Corinthian Campuses

The U.S. Department of Education fired the law firm that had previously overseen the Zenith Education Group's management of the campuses, after an investigation revealed conflicts of interest.

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Ole Miss Admits Former Assistant Football Coach Helped Falsify ACT Scores

The university accepted responsibility for the NCAA's accusation and said it would fire four coaches.

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Washington State U. Woman Was Expelled After a Man Accused Her of Assault

A woman expelled for sexually assaulting a male who lived on her floor maintains she was falsely accused.



What Colleges Can Do to Diversify Their Curricula  

Student protesters at Seattle University want fewer "dead white dudes" in their curriculum. Is that possible?


Leadership & Governance

‘Fundamental Failure’ on Sexual Assaults Brings Sweeping Change at Baylor

The university’s leaders face a steep challenge in enacting the reforms that they promised after Baylor’s response to sexual violence, especially involving its football team, was found to be riddled with problems.



Baylor’s Admission of Major Mistakes on Sexual Assault Sends Shock Through Its Community

The university’s decision to demote the president and fire the football coach left activists feeling as if their voices had finally been heard.

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Norwich U. Will Allow Cadets to Wear Religious Headgear

The private military college in Vermont said it would allow a female student to wear a Muslim headscarf and Jewish students to wear yarmulkes with their uniforms.

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5 Damning Findings From the Baylor Investigation

Virtually everything that could be wrong with a university's and an athletic department's treatment of sexual assault was wrong at Baylor.

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Baylor Demotes President and Moves to Fire Football Coach Amid Sex-Assault Controversy

The announcements came amid intense criticism over how the university has handled reported rapes involving football players.

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U. of Iowa Cheating Investigation Focuses on Chinese Companies

Several students have admitted to paying the "coaching" services to take online tests for them, Reuters reports.


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With Ken Starr’s Future in Doubt, Baylor Alumni Come to His Defense  

A petition urging the regents to keep the president in office has gained more than a thousand signatures. But some say the effort is misguided.



State Lawmakers Seek to Protect Campus Speech, With Mixed Success  

Arizona bars public colleges from confining protests to "speech zones," but other states’ legislatures resist taking stands on hot-button issues like microaggressions and trigger warnings.


Independent Investigators Seek to Save Colleges From Themselves  

Whom do governing boards call when their college is under fire for mishandling a sexual assault? An outsider.


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The Fallout at Baylor

A sexual-assault controversy has led the university to demote its president and take action against members of its athletics staff. Here's how it happened, and what might come next.