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Freshman reading focuses on diversity, racial equality

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Common reading choices for incoming freshmen this year center on diversity and race relations and tend to feature nonfiction, but a few colleges go with literary classics.

Study examines bystander behavior in cyberbullying cases

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A study on bystander behavior and cyberbullying raises questions about student behavior in large online courses.

Author of new book on 'purposeful graduates' says colleges must talk to students about making meaningful lives

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Author of new book on "purposeful graduates" says colleges must talk to students about the importance of creating and living meaningful lives.

UC Irvine experiments with a new graduate degree and postdoc hybrid program

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UC Irvine moves toward a system in which doctorates can be earned in five years, half the norm for these fields at many institutions. Some departments embrace plan; they fear impact on dissertations and on adjuncts.

New letters from U.S. and accreditors provide framework for approval of competency-based degrees

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Education Department and regional accreditors seek common ground on competency-based education, including what the faculty role should be in the emerging form of higher education.

Lumina-led group seeks to develop a common framework for credentials

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Lumina Foundation creates a group to develop a framework and common language for the growing number of credentials, which range from degrees to alternative forms like badges and industry certifications.

AAUP committee survey data raise questions on effectiveness of student teaching evaluations

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AAUP survey finds declining response rates on student reviews of professors, too many colleges that do little beyond student reviews, and concerns about bias against women, minorities and adjuncts. But association panel wants to improve system, not end it.

Study examines impact of texting and tweeting on academic performance

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Study examines whether students should text or tweet in class -- or put their smartphones down -- to improve their grades. The results aren't as anti-device as some professors might think.

Teacher education accreditor dumps its founding leader

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Without explanation, accreditor of teacher training programs forces out its founding leader amid criticism from colleges and unions.

Seasoned educators weigh in on not losing control of a class

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Experts weigh in on how to get a class back on track once the professor feels he or she is no longer in control. Preventive classroom management can go a long way in never getting to that point, they say.

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