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On YouTube, No Enrollment Caps

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University of California at Berkeley expands the public reach of its courses in a new video portal with complete lectures, ready to be streamed.

How to Deal ... With Life

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Vice is alive and well in the dorm. Now a group originating at Harvard Law School seeks to bring it into the teaching realm. Is poker a winning academic bet?

Sweetening the Deal

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Study finds faculty can do more than teach well (think chocolate) to improve their score on student evaluations.

The Pilgrimage Home

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Should colleges accept that classrooms will be empty today -- or try to keep students from starting Thanksgiving too early?

Spray-Painting Pynchon

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Vandalism or clarion call? The University of California at Santa Barbara discovers a postmodern surprise all over campus after Thanksgiving break.

Back (or Forward) to School

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Hoping to expose more people to campus and build up their donor base, colleges offer short academic programs for grandparents and their grandkids.

A New Campus, According to Ancient Principles

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Maharishi U. is reconstructing its entire physical plant in line with the "nourishing" principles of Vedic architecture.

An Unlikely Dean

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A Microsoft executive who had given up on plans for an academic career is chosen to lead Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music.

The Arrival of 'Merit-Blind Admissions'

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Some Brown University mathematics professors were confused and dismayed this month to learn that the university planned to admit 20 percent of its next freshman class completely at random -- by putting names in a hat and drawing them out.

Closure in an Ethics Case

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Southern Illinois professor who felt slighted by state's judgment that he finished a mandatory test too quickly says he feels vindicated by settlement.

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