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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.

MIT removes online courses of professor found to have engaged in online sexual harassment

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MIT removes courses of prominent professor it found to have engaged in online sexual harassment of a student.

Number of Ph.D.s awarded climbs; recipients' job prospects dropping

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American production of Ph.D.s continues to grow, even as the degree recipients' job prospects appear to wane, federal data show.

U. California president calls for greater efforts to defend graduate education

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Janet Napolitano, U. of California president, says deans and other academics have been too quiet and have avoided lobbying for too long, while state and federal policies have moved in the wrong direction.

U. of Oregon grad students strike for better benefits

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U. of Oregon graduate teaching assistants walk out, with end of semester looming, after failed negotiations over paid leave. 

Another decline in jobs in English and foreign languages

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Annual study by MLA finds declines in jobs in English and foreign languages.

Analysis says humanities Ph.D.s get take longer in coursework than dissertations

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New analysis suggests that time to degree for Ph.D.s may not be as lengthy as some assume, and that the key to shorter humanities doctorates may be coursework, not the dissertation.

Number of college employees declines slightly

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As enrollments dip, so too do the number of college and university employees -- but disproportionately at for-profit institutions.

National survey suggests a greater focus on teaching but ongoing concerns about diversity, adjuncts

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Survey of undergraduate instructors suggests increased attention on student-centered teaching and ongoing concerns about diversity and adjunct working conditions. 

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