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For U. of Arkansas’s New Business Dean, It’s All About Logistics

Matthew A. Waller may be the first business dean in the country to be drawn from the area of supply-chain management.

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What I'm Reading: 'The Power of Unsolvable Problems'

A newspaper article reminds an engineering professor of the importance of learning from failure.

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New Leader Takes Over at Harvard Art Museums

Martha Tedeschi will direct the museums, which recently went through an architectural transformation.

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What I'm Reading: ‘Big Magic’

A writing professor is captivated by a book that tells students their dreams of a creative life need not be derailed.

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Selected New Books on Higher Education

Topics include college for people with autism and the reimagination of academic libraries.

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3 Librarians Bring Skills in Preservation and Technological Innovation to Their New Top Roles

New library leaders at Vanderbilt, Princeton, and the University of Virginia are ushering the past into the future.

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What I'm Reading: Article on Improving Students’ Learning

It’s not that students don’t work hard to do well, a lecturer learns; it’s just that they are not studying in the most effective way.

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Historian Joins Group That Aims to Advocate for the Humanities Nationally

"If the humanities need defenders, they won’t find it at universities," says Anthony Kaye.

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What I'm Reading: Articles on the ‘Equity Imperative’

A special issue on diversity realigns an interim provost’s perspective on how to help diverse students succeed.

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Selected New Books on Higher Education

Among the topics are working conditions for campus custodians, and the impact on college women of having "helicopter," "bystander," or "paramedic" parents.

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Large Community-College System in Arizona Gets Its First Female and Latina Chancellor

Maricopa Community Colleges’ new chief says she plans to reach out to new populations and create stronger ties with businesses.

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What I’m Reading: ‘A Dance to the Music of Time’

A 12-volume novel on the social history of London reminds a university president of the value of the arts and humanities.

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What I'm Reading: ‘In Defense of a Liberal Education’

The book by Fareed Zakaria reinvigorates a president’s hopes for what his college can do for students.

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For a Personal Touch in Admissions, the President Takes Up Pen and Paper

Zach Messitte pitches in on his college’s recruitment efforts by handwriting 100 letters to prospective students a year.