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Head of California’s Community-College System Says He’ll Retire

Brice W. Harris will step down in April. Since 2012, he has overseen a system that serves 2.1 million students.

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Changes in College Chapel, Which Sparked Christian Outrage, Came From Christian Minister

The removal of the chapel's pews sparked much outrage online from Christians, who blamed Muslim students for it. A former campus minister says that's not true.

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Berkeley Astronomers Call for Professor's Departure After Harassment Allegations

"We believe that Geoff Marcy cannot perform the functions of a faculty member," the prominent scientist's colleagues wrote.



Why Does Violent Hazing Plague Asian-American Fraternities?

The answer isn’t as simple as ugly tradition, experts say. Cultural factors also influence the rituals of groups that struggle against challenges and stereotypes.



As Campus Gun Violence Increases, So Do Professors' Fears

Gallows humor masks feelings of helplessness and anger as faculty members speculate on the grim probability of more classroom shootings.


Wired Campus

A Top Proponent of Higher-Ed Disruption Moves to Put His Theories Into Practice

Michael B. Horn, a co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, stepped down on Friday as director of its education program to begin working more directly with companies in the education market.

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Calif. Governor OKs Bill to Tighten Campus Gun Ban but Vetoes Sex-Assault Bill

The rejected bill had called for standardized policies and punishments for campus rape. Governor Brown said officials needed latitude to use "their better judgment" in disciplinary matters.



What I'm Reading: ‘How Learning Works’

A lecturer in English had no idea whether her teaching practices were helping students learn, until she found a valuable guide.



The Week  

What you need to know about the past seven days.



Journal Publishers Rethink a Research Mainstay: Peer Review  

Making the process open and giving academics more credit for doing reviews are two of the methods meant to fix what some call a broken system.



A Swimming President to Lead Colgate U. Next Year

Brian W. Casey, president of DePauw University and a former varsity swimmer, quickly became the top choice to lead Colgate University.



After Killings in Oregon, Colleges Face Threats — and Take No Chances

This past week several campuses learned of online posts or bathroom-wall graffiti that threatened violence. Almost all of them went on high alert.



Missed Classes, a Changed Grade, and One Disillusioned Adviser  

Two years ago, Will Collier landed his dream job, overseeing academic services for one of the country's premier programs. His experience illustrates the challenge of protecting academic integrity in big-time college sports.


Chronicle Awards Prize to Versatile Reporter With Accessible Writing

Rebecca Koenig will receive the David W. Miller Award, which honors a reporter killed 13 years ago by a drunken driver.

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Charges of Harassment by Famous Astronomer Prompt Soul-Searching About Sexism in the Sciences

An inquiry by the University of California at Berkeley found that Geoffrey W. Marcy had repeatedly engaged in "inappropriate behavior" with female students. Many scientists ask why the university didn't do more to punish the professor.


Why a Certain $21 Million Is Worth Much More to the U. of Phoenix

For now, the university is barred from enrolling active-duty military personnel under a Department of Defense program. The loss of that ability, and the money that comes with it, could have an outsize impact.

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Texas Southern U. on Lockdown After One Killed and One Wounded in Shooting

The shooting comes after two similar incidents in recent weeks at or near the Houston campus, along with high-profile campus shootings elsewhere in the country.

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U. of Wisconsin Lifts Cap on Out-of-State Undergraduates

Regents approved the proposal despite criticism that the university was looking primarily to raise extra revenue.

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One Person Is Dead, 3 Wounded, in Shooting at Northern Arizona U.

The campus reported early Friday morning that the suspect in the incident, which occurred outside a dormitory, was in custody.



How Fafsa’s New Reliance on Older Tax Data Could Affect Colleges  

The chance to apply for aid earlier, using so-called prior-prior-year tax records, is widely seen as a win for students, but much will depend on how colleges and states respond.


Admissions & Student Aid

When a Small-College Scholar Wins a Nobel, the Marketing Begins

Seizing an opportunity that won’t come often, Drew University has made William Campbell, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine on Monday, the focus of a broad-ranging marketing campaign.

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California Court Says College Students Cannot Expect Protection From Classroom Crimes

A UCLA student had sued over a 2009 knife attack in a chemistry lab. Her accused assailant was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

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Defense Department Suspends U. of Phoenix From Its Tuition Assistance Program

The action comes after an investigative report on the for-profit's aggressive recruitment of military servicemembers and amid separate probes by federal and state agencies.


Thanks, Amazon. Campus Mailrooms Struggle to Keep Up With Boom in Packages for Students

The influx is fueled not by care packages from Mom, but by a surge in online shopping — for textbooks, Halloween costumes, Valentine sweets, dormitory décor, even mini-fridges.