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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.

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U. of Akron Ends Partnership Talks With For-Profit ITT

The university's president, Scott L. Scarborough, wrote in an email that he would "continue to search for appropriate ways to strengthen" Akron.

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Faculty

George Mason’s Plans to Honor Scalia Spark Protests Over the University’s Direction

Critics of an agreement to rename the Virginia institution's law school after the late Supreme Court justice see the move as evidence that the university is being steered rightward by big donors like the Charles Koch Foundation.

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Teaching

How Colleges Are Turning Their Racist Pasts Into Teaching Opportunities  

In keeping John C. Calhoun’s name on a college, Yale University says it welcomes the chance to teach American history. Here’s how that has worked out on three other campuses.

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Leadership & Governance

In Fight Over UC-Davis Chancellor’s Future, Where Does the Faculty Stand?

Despite her mounting controversies, many faculty members say Linda P.B. Katehi should stay on as the campus leader, while others are using the opportunity to voice different concerns.

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Students

Students Vent Frustrations as Yale Leaves a Slavery Champion’s Name Intact

The decision to retain the name of Calhoun College has touched off a passionate reaction at a university that has faced months of racial unrest.

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Budget Cuts Prompt U. of North Dakota to Eliminate More Than 100 Positions

Among the positions to be lost are 51 on the faculty.

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Duke's President Will Step Down in 2017

Richard H. Brodhead has been at the university's helm for 12 years, perhaps most notably during the lacrosse scandal of 2006.

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Middle Tenn. State President Wants to Strip Confederate General's Name From Building

Forrest Hall, an ROTC building that honors Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, may have a new name soon.

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U. of Utah Plays Down Honorary-Degree Recipient's Role in 'Hate Groups'

The philanthropist Lynette Nielsen Gay has worked with groups that oppose LGBT rights, and a university spokeswoman said they do not reflect the campus's values.

Technology

Online Badges Help Refugees Prove Their Academic Achievements  

A novel program in Germany seeks to recognize migrants’ educational attainment even though they might lack the diploma to prove it.

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Faculty

After 3 Years, U. of Colorado Deems Its Conservative-Scholars Program a Success  

But the Boulder campus’s invitation of visiting professors of conservative thought may not work elsewhere.

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Yale Keeps Name for College That Honors a Slavery Apologist

The university's president defended the decision to retain the name of John C. Calhoun on a residential college, saying it held educational value as a reminder of a controversial past that the institution needs to confront.

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George Mason Faculty Calls on Leaders to Abandon Scalia Name for Law School

In a symbolic gesture, the Faculty Senate voted 21 to 13 to call for a reopening of the naming process.

Teaching

Dissecting One (Extremely Boring) College Lecture  

Three teaching experts offer color commentary on a classroom scene, and discuss the pros and cons of this enduring teaching format.

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UC-Davis Chancellor Is Placed on Leave

The chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, will be on administrative leave while the University of California system investigates potential policy violations.

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Maine's Governor Calls Protesting Students 'Idiots' and Storms Off Stage

He later apologized to university leaders, but said the pair of protesters were "smug and self-serving."

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Justice Dept. Changes Counterespionage Tactics After Wrongful Arrest of Temple U. Professor

Since Xi Xiaoxing, a Chinese-American physicist, was incorrectly accused of being a spy last year, the agency has moved to prevent more such mistakes.

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Technology

How Academics Can Use Snapchat to Share Their Research  

A Norwegian professor posts videos on the platform, even though it deletes them after 24 hours.