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Higher ed split on merits of patent company Intellectual Ventures

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Some colleges say Intellectual Ventures, a company that acquires patents, is a worthy partner and smart investment. Others fear the company's lawsuits squelch innovation.

San Antonio College officials debate online office hours

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San Antonio College debates proposal that would allow professors to move half of their 10 required hours online. Proponents say it's next logical step in digital revolution, while critics fear reduction in student contact.

Rethinking the humanities Ph.D.

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Stanford professors have plan to halve degree time and link student programs to varying career goals. Efforts at Harvard, Minnesota and Colorado reflect growing interest in real reform of doctoral education.

 

California's public colleges face more budget cuts if tax hike fails

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California's governor lays out deep "trigger cuts" to higher education if a tax hike fails in November. But business leaders and one faculty union appear unlikely to back the tax plan.

House passes bill to bar spending on political science research

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House-passed bill, driven by concerns about “meritless” research, would bar National Science Foundation from spending funds on political science research.

 

 

Senate bill hopes to speed up technology licensing process

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Commercialization offices are fighting a Kauffman proposal that would let researchers take potential commercial ideas to any technology transfer partner, not just their home institution.

Tensions over social issues front and center at several Catholic colleges

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Several colleges have seen heightened tensions in recent months over how much church teachings should dictate college policies.

Is the AAUP about to change course?

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The American Association of University Professors’ newly elected slate of officers promises to make collective bargaining a priority. Where does that leave the other roles of the AAUP? 

The Bidens’ tax returns stir adjunct discussion

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The Bidens' tax return had non-tenure track instructors wondering how one of their own could be earning $82,000 a year, but it turns out Jill Biden has become an associate professor.

Counselor faculty consultations on rise since Virginia Tech

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Five years after the tragic killings at Virginia Tech, counseling centers report that they are much more likely than in the past to hear from professors who are worried about a student.

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