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Leadership & Governance

Video: U. of Dayton Stretches Out Presidential Transition

The university has given Eric F. Spina, the new president, 10 months to learn from his predecessor, Daniel J. Curran, before taking over. In a recent conversation, the two leaders talked about the methodical changing of the guard.

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Students

Video: What Does Work Add to the Learning Environment?  

Warren Wilson College emphasizes “applied learning” as a way to keep work and service relevant.

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Finance

The Mark Cuban Effect: How a Vocal Billionaire Is Betting on Higher Ed’s Disruption  

The celebrity businessman and ed-tech mentor says education "is a mess." He hopes to help turn it around with investments in start-ups and sharp criticism of bloated administration, glitzy facilities, and "easy money" in student loans.

Special Reports

Chronicle Writers Are Honored for Articles on Admissions and Athletics

The Education Writers Association recognizes "a fresh lens" on a "hard to crack" beat and an ambitious data collaboration that showed how more than 200 college sports programs were supported on the backs of students.

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College of DuPage Chooses a Retired Navy Admiral as Its New President

Ann Rondeau, a consultant with the IBM Watson Group and a former president of the National Defense University, will take office at the troubled Illinois college in July.

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U. of Wisconsin at Madison Faculty Votes No Confidence in System's President and Regents

The symbolic vote is the latest volley in a long-running dispute over the state of tenure and shared governance in the system.

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Judge Temporarily Blocks U. of Louisville's Plan to Remove Confederate Monument

A Republican congressional candidate sought the order to keep the granite marker in place, arguing that it is protected by state and federal laws.

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Tennessee Campus-Carry Bill Becomes Law Without Governor's Signature

Gov. Bill Haslam did not sign the legislation because he wanted colleges to decide individually whether faculty and staff members may bring guns to work.

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U. of California Regent Violated Ethics Policy but Kept Board Seat

He had engaged in talks about a lucrative deal between the Los Angeles campus and his eye clinics.

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Suspended Professor Sues Marquette U. for Breach of Contract

John McAdams's lawsuit accuses the university of illegally suspending him after he criticized a teaching assistant for her handling of a classroom discussion of gay marriage.

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Government

What Can the U.S. Learn From Switzerland, a World Leader in Apprenticeships?  

Ambassador Martin Dahinden explains why two-thirds of his nation’s high-school graduates serve as apprentices and describes how America could import elements of the Swiss plan.

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Administration

Chronicle Films

Short films documenting voices from across academe are front and center in this original series of award-winning, independently produced videos. 

 

 

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Leadership & Governance

Video: A Call to Replace Adjuncts With Tenure-Track Faculty Members

Michael H. Schill, president of the University of Oregon, also talks about his plans to focus marketing efforts more on academics and less on athletics.

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Students

Should Everyone Go to College?  

For poor kids, "college for all" isn’t the mantra it was meant to be. The national push may be doing more harm than good.

News

1987: Raking College Curricula Over the Coals

In a best-selling book, Allan Bloom argued that the liberal arts had given up on teaching universal truths.

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People

What I'm Reading: ‘The Pocket Instructor: Literature’

An adjunct professor of literature discovers a book that helps her foster her students’ intellectual independence.

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People

Former Moonwalker Pushes Colonization of Mars From Florida Tech

Buzz Aldrin, who is 86, advises a center run by his son that is bent on figuring out how to get people settled on a neighboring planet.

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Administration

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

"Serious and troubling questions" land the University of California at Davis chancellor on administrative leave; a third of financial aid at top public institutions goes to students who don't need it; and more news from this week.

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Chicago State U. Lays Off One-Third of Staff

Emergency state funding approved last week did not avert layoffs at the institution, which let go more than 300 employees, but no faculty members — for now.

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U.S. Publishes Details on Religious Colleges Seeking Title IX Waivers

The Education Department's move followed calls from activists who have accused the colleges of pursuing such exemptions in order to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and transgender students.

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College Chief Apologizes After Controversy Over Student's Research Poster

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County's president affirmed its commitment to academic freedom after a poster showing the female reproductive anatomy was moved.

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U. of New Hampshire Concedes It Shouldn't Have Bought $17,000 Table

The piece, which is worth roughly a year's in-state tuition, features a flashing LED display and was purchased to demonstrate healthy-cooking tips to students.

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U. of Louisville Will Remove Monument to Confederate Soldiers

The university's president, James R. Ramsey, said the plan was one recommendation of the campus's diversity committee.