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Hoosier Shake-Up

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Indiana U. president, under fire from faculty, will leave in 2 years -- and issues restructuring plan that wins praise from his Bloomington critics.

Cornell Turns to Iowa (Again) for a President

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David Skorton says he hopes to emphasize undergraduate education and uniting university's campuses and programs.

Flexibility Required

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Ohio State and UT-Austin -- 2 of the largest universities in U.S. -- may revamp requirements with theme-based sequences.

'The True Genius of America at Risk'

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Public universities in the United States may be at a turning point, write Katharine C. Lyall and Kathleen R. Sell in The True Genius of America at Risk: Are We Losing Our Public Universities to De Facto Privatization? (Praeger). The new book comes at a time that many leading public universities are conducting billion-dollar fund raising campaigns while finding it difficult to match their states' ambitions with legislative appropriations.

UVa Aid Policy Gets a Facelift

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A year ago, the University of Virginia joined the growing list of selective institutions altering their financial aid policies to make them friendlier to students from low-income families. Now it has decided that it needs to do even more, and do it sooner, than originally planned.

Setting the Rules on Free Expression

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Federal appeals court ruling on U. of Arkansas helps clarify what public colleges can and can't do in regulating use of their campuses.

Penn State President Blocks Art Censorship

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Student's exhibit had been called off because his paintings criticizing Palestinian terrorists were viewed as offensive.

Facing Down the 'Snob Factor'

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For years, education experts have been saying that community colleges offer an underutilized path in higher education. States spend less money per student there and tuition is much lower. The institutions' emphasis on teaching and on recruiting low-income and minority students means that they reach and graduate many students overlooked by flagships or who can't afford them. While many efforts in recent years have tried to ease transfer from two- to four-year institutions, elite colleges haven't always been part of the equation.

Penn State Wears Prada

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Glossy fashion spreads, contracts with reality shows, and intense teen promotions have increased interest in the university, but can glitz get you more applicants?

Closed Doors

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Study documents the increasing difficulty of transferring to elite private institutions from community colleges.

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