Wisconsin system's budget reserves become target for lawmakers

State lawmakers say the U. of Wisconsin system’s budget balances are excessive. Higher education officials say that criticism is a misreading of how university budgets work. It’s not the first such conflict, and it won’t be the last.

Diversity plays positive and negative roles in University of Kentucky provost search


After media scrutiny about all the white men in the University of Kentucky administration, two women and a Hispanic male are named finalists in the provost search. Can a public emphasis on diversity undermine the goal?

Experts weigh possible outcomes, effects of NCAA likeness lawsuit

Lawyers, university presidents and former NCAA officials say that the lawsuit against the NCAA has the potential to go far, but disagree on whether it will be transformative for college sports.

Votes of no confidence proliferate but their impact seems minimal

As the number of faculty votes of dissatisfaction with university administrators rises, the influence of such votes seems to wane.

Fossil fuel divestment movement is picking up steam and unlikely to go away

After winning over boards of some small colleges, movement to divest endowments from fossil fuel companies gains momentum. But while pressure is likely to increase, wealthy institutions worry about financial cost.

University presidents work to increase recognizability with alumni

Despite social media and alumni magazine profiles, most college alumni don’t know the president of their alma mater. Does that matter?

Video shows Rutgers basketball coach assaulting players and using slurs

Video obtained by ESPN shows basketball coach kicking players, hurling balls at their heads and using anti-gay slurs. University briefly suspended coach in December, but didn't take further action until the video became public

Purdue's Mitch Daniels is challenging higher education leadership

Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has an unconventional background for a research university president, but he and Purdue’s board think that is what is needed to address the unconventional issues facing higher education. And he's winning over campus skeptics.

Vanderbilt's singular focus on raising money for aid lowers debt

Vanderbilt has seen average student debt decline due to “singular focus” on fund raising for need-based financial aid, a potential model for other universities. Hopkins has taken similar approach.

Academics born in India see growth in presidential ranks


Indian-born academics are seeing their numbers grow in top campus jobs, reflecting internationalization trends over the past 40 years.


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