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Arizona debates legislation on classroom obscenity, political discrimination

One Arizona bill would punish professors who violate FCC obscenity standards; another seeks to protect conservative faculty from alleged discrimination.

Study aims to learn why some black men succeed in college

Studying African-American males who "made it" to college, Penn scholar seeks to understand why -- and to get campus leaders and researchers to focus on success rather than just failure.

Federal probe raises new questions on discrimination against Asian American applicants

Conventional wisdom says Asian-American applicants face higher hurdle than others at elite colleges. Federal probe raises question of whether differential standards can be proven and -- if so -- would violate the law.

College officials discuss religious pluralism at AACU meeting

Many faculty and staff are clearly interested in promoting religious pluralism. The question is, how? Some colleges are trying to figure it out.

Deans of Indian origin proliferate at top U.S. business schools

Why are so many deans of the top U.S. business schools of Indian descent? The answers might lie in the changing world order.

Veterans-only classes both expanding and closing

While more colleges create sections only for those with military backgrounds, some institutions move away from that model.

Professor Who Used N-Word Won't Teach Required Courses

Paul Zwier, the professor of law at Emory University who was suspended from teaching earlier this semester for using the N-word in a torts class to discuss a case involving racial discrimination, will only teach nonmandatory courses for the next two years so that no student is obligated to take his class, the university announced Tuesday. In a letter to law students, faculty, staff and alumni, James B. Hughes Jr., Emory’s interim dean of law, said Zwier volunteered to revise the teaching manual for his textbooks to address inclusive ways of covering racially sensitive topics, and he will work with a small group of student leaders and faculty members to promote and participate in dialogues on racial sensitivity. Zwier also will complete sensitivity and unconscious bias training.

Zwier “has agreed that each of the above actions is appropriate, and he is in full support of them,” Hughes wrote. “We are a diverse collection of individuals bound together by a common set of interests and values. We sometimes disagree among ourselves and disappoint each other, but the ties that bind us compel acceptance of our flaws and forgiveness of transgressions -- especially when mistakes are acknowledged, sincere efforts to make amends are made, and forgiveness is sought. At this moment, we are presented with an opportunity to demonstrate and enhance our strength by drawing our community closer together. Let us seize it.”

In a separate memo to the law school, Zwier said that he’d used a word “that can and does cause harm, and I am writing to you to take responsibility for the harm I caused.” He added, “I have learned from this experience, and I am committed to taking positive steps -- altering my torts materials and teacher’s manual to better insure that what happened is less likely to happen again in future discussions of these cases. In my classroom teaching, I will also endeavor to be more sensitive in future conversations about cases involving allegations of racist behavior. Please accept my apology.”

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Yale to Spend $26M on Faculty Retention, Recruitment

Yale University is launching a five-year, $26 million initiative to “recruit and retain pre-eminent scholars in every field,” President Peter Salovey and Provost Ben Polak announced this week. Some of the resources will be devoted to current professors, including immediate salary adjustments in some areas of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences “where we need to be more competitive,” Salovey and Polak said in a letter to the faculty. They said Yale also will establish a universitywide fund to recruit “truly transformative faculty,” or those professors “who redefine their fields, who not only answer important questions, but change the very questions that are asked. This is a high bar, but we want to encourage schools and departments to pursue such candidates.”

Salovey and Polak said the earmarked funds augment a five-year, $50 million Faculty Excellence and Diversity Initiative announced in 2015, and that “we remain committed to building a more diverse faculty.” They warned that resources alone are not enough to recruit and retain the best, and that Yale must otherwise work to ensure faculty excellence, such as by searching “again and again without compromising our standards” and maintaining “the highest tenure standards, even when decisions are difficult.” Building the kinds of community and climate that make it “very hard to leave” matters, too, they said.

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Incident at UMass is latest in which calls to campus police suggest racial profiling

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Incident at UMass is the latest in which the police are called on nonwhite people on campus, doing nothing wrong at all.

Author discusses new book on how Latino students shape identity

Author discusses new book on what it means to be Latino at three distinctly different institutions: a liberal arts college, a research university and a regional public university.

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