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Calls for major reform of college sports unlikely to produce meaningful change

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From The Atlantic to sports radio, talk of a "crisis" in big-time college athletics is rampant. If you pay attention to history, the likelihood of transformative change is tiny. Unless ...

Georgia university system proposes consolidation of 8 campuses

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The recession opened the door for the University System of Georgia's proposal to consolidate eight campuses. It still won't be easy.

Law schools gather in DC for annual conference

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The Association of American Law Schools gathers in Washington today, but with few mentions of the crisis in legal education on the agenda.

University of Virginia falls short of $3 billion fund-raising goal

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University of Virginia's $3 billion fund-raising campaign falls short at deadline, a victim of the economy and overly optimistic ambition.

Florida A&M death illuminates prevalence of non-Greek hazing

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Most people know hazing happens outside fraternities and sororities. But a tragedy at Florida A&M makes it harder to ignore.

Gingrich puts forward higher ed ideas in 2012 campaign

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Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich is unique in the field for his academic past -- and for some of the ideas he has put forward.

Women job candidates in philosophy appalled by the "smoker"

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Some philosophers wonder why a key part of the hiring process in their discipline is an event that sounds like fraternity rush.

Simmons to Be Permanent President of Prairie View

The first African-American to lead an Ivy League institution will soon be the permanent president at Prairie View A&M University, a historically black university in Texas enrolling more than 8,700 students.

Ruth J. Simmons, who has been Prairie View A&M’s interim president since July, was named the sole finalist for the position Thursday by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. She will be Prairie View A&M’s eighth president.

Simmons served as Brown University’s president from July 2001 to June 2012. She has also been president of Smith College, vice provost at Princeton University and provost at Spelman College.

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Study Finds Industry-University Collaborations Benefit Research Trainees

Universities and businesses benefit from collaborative research endeavors, but what about the graduate students who train in them? A new study in The Journal of Technology Transfer says that graduate students benefit significantly from training in these kinds of consortia, specifically National Science Foundation-funded Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers. The study, which is part of an ongoing effort to measure the country’s innovative capacity, compared two groups of trainees. The first included 173 trainees across 42 cooperative research centers, while the second included 87 trainees who were not affiliated with a cooperative. Surveyed about their experiences, trainees in cooperatives felt, on average, with a few qualifications, more prepared for their careers and more satisfied with their training and reported having bigger networks than did their traditional trainee counterparts.

The study’s lead author, Olena Leonchuk, a postdoctoral fellow in psychology at North Carolina State University, said via email that the study’s biggest takeaway is that the NSF-funded collaboratives not only benefit industry, university and government but also graduate students. She attributed those gains to the fact that “industry involvement in these centers follows a more consortia model, as opposed to more one-on-one contractual relationships with individual faculty.” Students are therefore trained “in a team environment and have a meaningful experience working with industry on real-world problems before graduation.”

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U of Chicago Grad Students Form Union

Graduate students workers at the University of Chicago voted to form a union, 1,103 to 479, they announced Thursday. Students have been organizing as Graduate Students United on campus since 2007, in affiliation with the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors, but legal precedent against graduate student unions on private campuses prevented an election until the National Labor Relations Board reversed that precedent last year. Graduate Students United said in a statement Thursday that it would immediately begin working on a first contract with the administration. A university spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Some other private institutions have recognized their unions after a vote, while others have moved to challenge them in court.

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