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Play on Our (Political) Team

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Talking about race, politics or football can be a recipe for conflict. Talking about all three at the same time? That’s an engraved invitation to a duel, especially in South Carolina.

Why They Take So Long

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Students who take too long to earn bachelor's degrees are the frustration of parents, college leaders and policy makers alike -- who see the six-year bachelor's degree (or longer) as being more expensive for all involved, and particularly wasteful when many campuses are bulging due to increased enrollments.

Building Spires in Vermont

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No enterprise can be all things to all people, but that doesn’t stop plenty of college presidents from introducing new departments, centers and initiatives aimed at making their institutions the best at everything.

Daniel M. Fogel, who’s been president of the University of Vermont since 2002, isn’t one of them. “There are so many disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas where we have strength and could build up more,” he says. “But you can’t prioritize everything: that’s not what prioritization is. We need to pick and choose areas of focus and emphasis.”

School's (Not) Out for Summer

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Many public colleges and universities were overrun this year by larger-than-ever enrollments driven up by economics and demographics, and early signs suggest that this summer will approach or pass record highs.

Across the country, at flagship universities, state colleges and community colleges, administrators are reporting that their summer session enrollments are up, as the same pressures that put students in the classroom September through May keep them in their seats all summer.

Not Scared of Selectivity

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Report highlights how successful community college transfer students can be at top-tier four-year institutions -- if they get the right kind of assistance.

Ditching Fall Semester

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U. of Florida considers giving incoming students option of taking classes during spring and summer terms only — throughout their time at the university.

Holding Presidents Accountable for Learning

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Regents of Georgia university system individually asked 35 campus leaders how they planned to improve retention and graduation rates. The meetings were occasionally uncomfortable; the answers sometimes unsatisfactory.

The Land-Grant Landscape

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DALLAS -- Leaders of land-grant universities see a slight brightening in their institutions' immediate economic situations -- but increasingly recognize that they must make structural changes to accommodate fundamental, long-term shifts in their funding models.

Boost for the Humanities

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Defying trends, Mellon Foundation puts up $10 million to get the state of Wisconsin to do the same for its flagship university.

Not So Fast

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Michigan provost wants to extend pre-tenure period to 10 years -- and faculty senate resoundingly rejects the idea.

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