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Survey suggests a smaller science-religion divide than many perceive

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The divide between scientists and people of faith may be less clearcut than many imagine, in part because many scientists have religious faith, survey finds. But key differences remain, especially on evolution.

Sarah Lawrence creates its own assessment tool, bypassing standardized tests

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Sarah Lawrence, faced with the pressure to assess student learning, bypasses the commonly used tools and invents its own approach. It's not nationally normed, and this college is proud of that.

Faculty object to plan to replace humanities requirement with self-help course

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Replacing a required humanities course with a class based on the popular self-help book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has faculty up in arms at one community college.

IRS guidance on health care law clarifies formula for counting adjunct hours

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Final IRS rules on employers' responsibility for health insurance requires colleges to credit adjuncts with 2.25 hours of work for each hour they teach; rules don't exempt student employees.

Researcher casts doubt on plagiarism detection software Turnitin's efficacy claims

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Did the plagiarism detection software Turnitin cut "unoriginal writing" by almost 40 percent? Not so fast, one researcher says.

College work forces grew but not as fast as enrollment

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Study documents that growth in higher ed hiring in recent years has failed to keep pace with enrollment increases, and challenges idea that tuition increases can be blamed on professors' pay.

Drexel's community college partnerships win fans

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Drexel University takes its bachelor's degrees and faculty to three community college campuses, an unusual move for a private university.

U. of Colorado plans to change culture of philosophy department found to be sexist

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U. of Colorado releases extraordinary report about sex bias and incivility in department, and brings in outside chair to change the culture. Move comes in a discipline regularly criticized for lack of support for women.

Obama becomes latest politician to criticize a liberal arts discipline

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President joins the ranks of politicians who suggest liberal arts disciplines don't lead to jobs.

Experts Say Academics Are Timid About Fair Use Laws

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A new report from the College Art Association says that artists and art historians have real and perceived concerns about fair use laws. Experts say other kinds of academics do, too.

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