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State College of Florida replaces three-year contracts for professors with one-year contracts

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After the State College of Florida replaced a tenure-like system with three-year contracts for all new faculty members, some complained. So the board shifted to one-year contracts.

Plymouth State announces layoffs, restructuring around interdisciplinary clusters

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Plymouth State plans to replace them with clusters. Restructuring and layoffs have professors scratching their heads.

AAUP votes to censure two institutions for alleged violations of academic freedom and calls out two more abandoning shared governance

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AAUP votes to censure two institutions for alleged violations of academic freedom and calls out two more -- including U of Iowa over presidential search -- for abandoning shared governance.

Debate over whether all undergraduates should take mathematics course

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Wayne State University drops what has been part of its general-education program for all students, raising the question of which fields are needed by all undergraduates.

SUNY Buffalo and University of Virginia reform general education

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At the University at Buffalo and the U of Virginia, professors fear that too many requirements and not enough thought about them may detract from students' learning. Both move toward more thematic approaches to general education.

Biennial Scholars at Risk gathering focuses on threats to scholars and academic values globally

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The biennial Scholars at Risk gathering focuses on threats to scholars and academic values globally.

University of Chicago cost cutting draws objections

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Faculty members and students worry they're paying the price for construction projects amid a focus on cutting administrative costs.

University of Washington plan to alleviate salary compression is under fire

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At many colleges, new assistant professors earn close to or even more than long timers. U of Washington is trying to do something about it -- and finding out how hard it is. Among other ideas: countering expensive retention raises with new salary steps subject to approval by one's peers.

Anthropology group rejects resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions

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Members of the American Anthropological Association narrowly vote down a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

New study documents long-term losses of new humanities faculty jobs

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New analysis shows dramatic decreases in open positions for professors. Health professions faculty jobs, once equal in number to those in humanities, now far outnumber them.

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