The Chronicle of Higher Education | News http://chronicle.com/section/News/6/ News Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:24:16 EDT <![CDATA[Colleges Face Calls for Better Support of Students With Learning Disabilities]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231329/ http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Face-Calls-for-Better/231329/ More students with learning disabilities are heading to college and confronting new challenges. They can find help on campus, but the most supportive programs are rare.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:56:06 EDT
<![CDATA[New Players Could Be in Line to Receive Federal Student Aid]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231333/ http://chronicle.com/article/New-Players-Could-Be-in-Line/231333/ The Education Department is weighing a pilot project that would let students use Pell Grants at coding boot camps and other nontraditional programs.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:56:04 EDT
<![CDATA[When Admissions Interviews Get Weird]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231331/ http://chronicle.com/article/When-Admissions-Interviews-Get/231331/ Sen. Ted Cruz says in his new memoir that he was hung over that day at Brown University. But, say admissions officers, that was tame compared with what they’ve seen.

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Thu, 02 Jul 2015 04:55:57 EDT
<![CDATA[Obama’s Overtime Proposal Could Be Costly for Colleges]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231287/ http://chronicle.com/article/Obama-s-Overtime-Proposal/231287/ The proposal would make more workers eligible for overtime pay, and colleges would feel its impact. It’s unclear, however, how many campus jobs might be affected.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:55:39 EDT
<![CDATA[@AcademicsSay: The Story Behind a Social-Media Experiment]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231195/ http://chronicle.com/article/AcademicsSay-The-Story/231195/ A parody Twitter account born out of frustration brought unexpected rewards — connecting with a previously unknown community and expanding research opportunities.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Can You Tell When a College Is Circling the Drain?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231285/ http://chronicle.com/article/How-Can-You-Tell-When-a/231285/ Data, opinions, and other vital signs are abundant, but good luck using them to identify a failing institution before it flatlines.

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Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Guns, Prisons, Social Causes: New Fronts Emerge in Campus Fights Over Divestment]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231243/ http://chronicle.com/article/Guns-Prisons-Social-Causes-/231243/ Columbia University’s move to dispose of investments in private prison companies highlights how student activists are expanding their aims.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:56:08 EDT
<![CDATA[U. of Phoenix Looks to Shrink Itself With New Admissions Requirements and Deep Cuts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231247/ http://chronicle.com/article/U-of-Phoenix-Looks-to-Shrink/231247/ Faced with falling enrollments and high dropout rates, the university, which once had 460,000 students, plans to pare that number to 150,000 by next year.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:55:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Self-Described ‘Cannabis College’ Sprouts Offshoots as More States Legalize Marijuana]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231241/ http://chronicle.com/article/Self-Described-Cannabis/231241/ Oaksterdam University is not an accredited institution, but that has not stood in the way of its budding growth, among users, purveyors, and planters.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:55:26 EDT
<![CDATA[What to Expect as the Supreme Court Revisits Race in Admissions]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231245/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-to-Expect-as-the-Supreme/231245/ The Supreme Court stands to revive the affirmative-action debate and throw questions of class into the mix.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Why Is It So Hard to Kill a College?]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231161/ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Is-It-So-Hard-to-Kill-a/231161/ Sweet Briar’s remarkable return from the dead is not particularly surprising when you consider the factors that tend to keep small private colleges open.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:55:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Texas State Tech College Develops Skills Translator to Match Students With Jobs]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231205/ http://chronicle.com/article/Texas-State-Tech-College/231205/ The software helps align curricula with employers’ needs, in part by making sure everyone’s using the same terminology.

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Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[As College of Charleston’s President Speaks on Confederate Flag, Faculty Question His Timing and Message]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231207/ http://chronicle.com/article/As-College-of-Charleston-s/231207/ Glenn F. McConnell’s personal history with the flag has complicated his response to the brewing controversy over its prominence in South Carolina.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:19:24 EDT
<![CDATA[What the Landmark Ruling on Gay Marriage Means for Higher Education]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231203/ http://chronicle.com/article/What-the-Landmark-Ruling-on/231203/ Students and professors will have more choices on where to enroll or seek a job. Religious colleges expressed some fears.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:56:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Lessons From the Education Department’s Ratings Reversal]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231169/ http://chronicle.com/article/Lessons-From-the-Education/231169/ The ratings won't happen, but the two-year debate over the proposal is sure to influence accountability efforts in the future.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:59:11 EDT
<![CDATA[Louisiana State’s Firing of Salty Professor Renews Worries About Faculty Rights]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231167/ http://chronicle.com/article/Louisiana-State-s-Firing-of/231167/ The university has drawn new scrutiny for dismissing a tenured instructor mainly for using obscene language and jokes around students.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:55:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Video: It’s On Colleges to Make a Better Pitch for Their Value, One President Says]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231089/ http://chronicle.com/article/Video-It-s-On-Colleges-to/231089/ Timothy M. Wolfe of the University of Missouri system says higher ed needs to do a better job of defending itself when its budget comes under attack.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Spurred by Sex-Assault Concerns, Lawmakers Add Disciplinary Infractions to College Transcripts]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231171/ http://chronicle.com/article/Spurred-by-Sex-Assault/231171/ New York is poised to become the second state to require institutions to note instances of misconduct on a student’s permanent record.

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Fri, 26 Jun 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Removing Confederate Symbols Is a Step, but Changing a Campus Culture Can Take Years]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231141/ http://chronicle.com/article/Removing-Confederate-Symbols/231141/ The University of Mississippi is striving to shift from its Confederate past. Many colleges want to do the same, but the task can be difficult.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:59:10 EDT
<![CDATA[Education Department Now Plans a College-Rating System Minus the Ratings]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231137/ http://chronicle.com/article/Education-Department-Now-Plans/231137/ Officials said they would focus instead on a consumer-oriented website that will not include any evaluations of colleges but will provide "more data than ever before."

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:55:53 EDT
<![CDATA[Sweet Briar’s Activists Turn to the Sober Work of Governing]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231139/ http://chronicle.com/article/Sweet-Briar-s-Activists-Turn/231139/ The new board helped the college avoid closure. Now its members must trade protesting for turning things around.

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Thu, 25 Jun 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Chinese Universities Told to Recruit a Student 'Army' to Patrol the Internet]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231131/ http://chronicle.com/article/Chinese-Universities-Told-to/231131/ The Communist Youth League wants a legion of undergraduates to help promote Chinese ideology online, a move that could threaten academic freedom.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:35:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Reining In a Fraternity Is No Easy Task, One University’s Leaders Learn]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231109/ http://chronicle.com/article/Reining-In-a-Fraternity-Is-No/231109/ A two-year suspension of a chapter at UNC-Wilmington has ended, but tension over the sanction hasn’t.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:58:07 EDT
<![CDATA[Digital Platform Seeks to Match Employers, Job Seekers, and Courses]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231107/ http://chronicle.com/article/Digital-Platform-Seeks-to/231107/ The initiative, Rework America Connected, aims to prepare workers for careers in a rapidly evolving labor market.

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Wed, 24 Jun 2015 04:55:00 EDT
<![CDATA[‘Let’s Make This Work’: Sweet Briar’s New President Surveys the Task Ahead]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231097/ http://chronicle.com/article/Let-s-Make-This-Work-/231097/ Phillip C. Stone discusses the first steps he plans to take at Sweet Briar — and why he doesn’t want the college to go coed.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:46:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Professor Crowdsources a Syllabus on the Charleston Shootings]]> http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/231073/ http://chronicle.com/article/A-Professor-Crowdsources-a/231073/ Chad Williams, an associate professor at Brandeis University, took to Twitter, where his #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag quickly became a valuable resource.

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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 04:58:48 EDT