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Freshman reading focuses on diversity, racial equality

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Common reading choices for incoming freshmen this year center on diversity and race relations and tend to feature nonfiction, but a few colleges go with literary classics.

Two Christian colleges announce they will hire faculty members in same-sex marriages

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Two Christian colleges change hiring rules to permit employment of faculty members who are in same-sex marriages.

Massachusetts investigation says Boston College retaliated against professor returning from mental health leave

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Massachusetts agency finds that Boston College retaliated against professor returning from leave he took while facing severe mental health issues.

Purdue moves to make mentoring undergraduates a criterion for tenure

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Purdue moves to change its promotion requirements to reward professors who are mentors, especially to at-risk students, and who promote undergraduate research and teaching innovation. Faculty leaders are not pleased.

Debate escalates over Twitter remarks by Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor at Wisconsin-Madison

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First Republicans, and then faculty leaders, have questioned tweets of Wisconsin's Sara Goldrick-Rab, particularly in seemingly discouraging admitted students from enrolling. Her supporters call her courageous and say her defense of academic freedom has made her a target.

Bethel in Indiana: Faculty members can no longer take leadership roles in groups that differ with biblical inerrancy

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Bethel College tells faculty members they can't take leadership roles in groups that differ from church view on creation. Are Christian colleges cracking down on supporters of evolution?

Academics, publishers find new communities on Reddit

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On Reddit, the "Wild West" of social networks, individual scholars and publishers find authenticity helps in establishing a presence.

Army shuts down controversial Human Terrain System, criticized by many anthropologists

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U.S. Army quietly shuts down Human Terrain System, which placed anthropologists and other scholars with military units in Iraq and Afghanistan and set off huge debate over scholarly ethics.

Scholar who has made name as Cherokee is accused of not having Native American roots

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In wake of Rachel Dolezal scandal, a prominent professor in Native American studies who regularly says she is Native American is accused of misrepresenting her background.

Supreme Court takes case that could threaten financing of most faculty unions

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U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear case that could effectively make dues optional for professors at public colleges and universities.

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