Politics

Creating Controversy

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A debate over the teaching of evolution at Seventh-day Adventist college in California draws the attention of church leaders, who say students should be exposed to the theory and then dissuaded from believing it.

What Doomed Global Campus?

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The attempt by the University of Illinois to build an online institution was a huge failure. What can it teach us?

Friending a Strike

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At Oakland U., the action isn't just on the picket lines. It's on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

'60s Tactics, New Cause

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Few think the clock will be turned back to the Berkeley of the 1960s, but the protests planned across the University of California today mark a return to the tactics of another era. This time, however, the cause isn’t free speech or an end to war, but instead a response to the university administration’s budget-cutting proposals.

'Wannabe U'

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Want to know what faculty members really think about administrators these days? You may want to check out Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University (University of Chicago Press).

The Fix That Wasn't In

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When administrators send Mike McKinney an e-mail, they often begin with “Howdy.” It may seem an informal introduction, but the Texas A&M University chancellor invites that sort of thing. Such is the way in Texas, where major deals can be brokered over football games – and handshakes are expected to be honored like contracts, McKinney says.

“This is Texas,” says McKinney, who runs the 11-campus system. “This is not some other places. Don’t give your word until you’re ready to keep it, and once you give your word you have to keep your word.”

Non-Communication Association?

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Scholars who focus on rhetoric, persuasion and debate want to know why their disciplinary group doesn't seem to engage in those activities.

Rice at a Crossroads

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The fate of a merger with Baylor College of Medicine will likely be decided in the coming weeks, but concerns about the partnership remain pronounced.

Second Opinion

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With trust in short supply, increasingly skeptical faculty and students turn to independent auditors to analyze the state of university budgets.

New View of Faculty Liberalism

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Study links a range of factors -- including educational attainment, gap between educational attainment and expected income, and religion -- in making academe "politically typed."

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