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Study shows 8.7% decline in humanities bachelor's degrees in 2 years

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Number of bachelor's degrees awarded fell 8.7 percent between 2012 and 2014, study finds.

U of Wisconsin Board of Regents approves new tenure policies, despite faculty concerns

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U of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approves new tenure policies, rejecting a series of proposals that professors said would have protected some of their rights.

Undergraduate curricular reform efforts at Harvard and Duke suggest there's no one way to do it well

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Amid concerns that requirements may not mean much to students or professors, Harvard and Duke Universities both look to curricular changes to improve undergraduate education.

Study suggests graduate student instructors influence undergraduates to major in the discipline, and graduate students also benefit from teaching

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Study suggests grad students may outperform faculty members in the classroom and may also benefit from time away from their dissertations.

Iconic ethnic studies college at San Francisco State says it can't pay its bills

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Overspending or chronically underfunded? Students and faculty at San Francisco State's College of Ethnic Studies say it already struggles to pay basic bills, but the university wants it to rein in spending.

Does academic freedom protect falsehoods?

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Academic freedom is supposed to protect unpopular views. A case involving an Oberlin professor who claimed that ISIS is really the CIA and Mossad asks whether that freedom extends to falsehoods.

Sexist joke leads to debate and 118 resignations on academic Listserv of planning and geography

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Online group of scholars of planning and geography divided over one professor’s sexist humor – and how others reacted to it.

U of Missouri board votes to fire Melissa Click as assistant professor

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Dismissal is linked to two incidents -- both videotaped -- in which the professor was involved in protests. Faculty leaders say that board violated due process and university procedures.

U of Houston Faculty Senate suggests changes to teaching under campus carry

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Is teaching under campus carry still teaching? New guidelines from the Faculty Senate at U of Houston ask the question, with suggestions such as dropping controversial course content for safety concerns.

Purdue increasing graduate student stipends as it cuts graduate enrollment

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Purdue is cutting grad enrollments to boost pay of those it enrolls -- and is pushing professors to teach more intro courses. Will the approach provide focus? Or is it another attack on English that could leave undergrads without enough instructors?

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