Open records and academic freedom come to a head in Kansas

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Legal fight at University of Kansas over emails from a professor who has received funding from the Koch brothers sets off a debate about undue influence and academic freedom. 

New Congress seeks to redefine full-time work in health law, which colleges support, adjuncts don't

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As Republicans take control of Congress, an early priority is to redefine a full-time work under the health care law from 30 to 40 hours -- a change colleges support but adjuncts oppose. 

Study analyzes when women win teaching awards in political science

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Study finds that women in political science are likelier than men to be honored for teaching. But does this help them get ahead?

Historians discuss ways to engage students on Ferguson protests

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At annual meeting, historians discuss ways to engage students on protests in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere.

Study finds no impact of increasing class size on student outcomes

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Adding students to sections has no impact on outcomes, according to a large national study.

New book argues for more effective, collaborative methods of shared governance

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New book from William Bowen and Eugene Tobin argues for more effective, nimble and collaborative approach to institutional decision-making, saying new models of shared governance are needed. Some of the authors' suggestions are sure to be controversial.

Marquette professor who blogged about a TA's decisions in class is suspended with pay, pending inquiry

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The Marquette U. professor who criticized a TA's teaching on his personal blog is suspended, pending a university investigation into his conduct. 

Arizona State tells non-tenure-track writing instructors to teach an extra course each semester

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Arizona State tells non-tenure-track English instructors to shift from 4-4 to 5-5 course load, without increase in compensation and in violation of professional codes on how many writing students one can effectively teach.

New report argues for better mentoring, pay, and career progression for postdocs

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National Academies report sees system in disarray and calls for better pay, more mentoring and speedier path to their own labs.

Rethinking the library proves a divisive topic at many liberal arts institutions

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Library directors at liberal arts institutions are losing their jobs as they clash with faculty and administrators over the future of the academic library.


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