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Syracuse offers unequivocal support for targeted professor

Syracuse University offers full-throated defense for a professor targeted for her views about Sept. 11, prompting other academics to wonder why more institutions don’t defend even divisive scholars in this way.

 
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The future of the academic conference

Pitched the Delta curveball, some scholarly associations turn to online meetings again while others still plan to meet face-to-face in the coming weeks. The groups are rethinking what annual meetings will look like after the pandemic, with implications for equity and accessibility.

 
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UMBC's Freeman Hrabowski reflects on his presidency

Freeman Hrabowski, the longtime president of UMBC, built a legacy challenging the assumption that only prestigious, wealthy colleges foster educational excellence.

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Christian college sues over Biden Fair Housing Act directive

College of the Ozarks argues that the Biden administration’s interpretation of the federal fair housing law forces the college to “open female showers, restrooms, and dorm rooms to biological males who assert a female gender identity.”

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Is an expectation that students mask too little, too late?

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University strengthens its masking policy one day after a department chair quits over it. The professor says the policy update still leaves professors on the hook for enforcement, with no clear recourse.

 
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FIRE launches new database for tracking attacks on speech

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says threats against scholars’ speech rights increasingly come from students -- and from the political left.

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Without mask rules, should professors pay for incentives?

Want students to mask up in class? The University of Texas at Austin has an idea: offer students nonacademic incentives of up to $50 to do so. The caveat? The university isn’t paying for any of it.

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More professors quit over face-to-face teaching mandates

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More professors quit over face-to-face teaching mandates.

 
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Ohio State takes "grow-your-own" approach to faculty diversity

Ohio State University’s education program is taking a “grow-your-own” approach to faculty diversity, training postdocs to become tenure-track professors -- in the college.

 
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Faculty and administration decide when to go remote

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In an example of how universities and faculty unions can collaborate on pandemic planning, Northern Illinois University and its faculty union have agreed to push the remote instruction button when and if the campus test positivity rate hits 8 percent.

 
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