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New university initiatives focus on bringing open educational resources to the masses

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New initiatives at university systems show the maturation of efforts to increase the use of open educational resources.

Debate over whether all undergraduates should take mathematics course

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Wayne State University drops what has been part of its general-education program for all students, raising the question of which fields are needed by all undergraduates.

SUNY Buffalo and University of Virginia reform general education

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At the University at Buffalo and the U of Virginia, professors fear that too many requirements and not enough thought about them may detract from students' learning. Both move toward more thematic approaches to general education.

Should colleges shield freshmen from themselves by hiding first-term grades on their transcripts?

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Faculty members at various institutions debate the pros and cons of shielding freshmen from themselves (or least their performance) in the form of "covered" or "shadow" grades on transcripts.

Academically Adrift's authors on faculty project to define learning outcomes in six fields

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New book unveils faculty-led effort to chart concepts and competencies students should learn in six academic disciplines, with plan to create standardized tests. Will faculty members warm to this version of "learning outcomes"?

Conference at U Chicago poses hard questions about how liberal education can be revived

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Scholars consider how to revive the liberal arts and consider the importance of math and science, impact of hyperspecialization, economic inequality, public attitudes, admissions strategies and more.

Scholars consider how to save the liberal arts

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Scholars at conference on whether liberal arts need saving focus on evolving threats, including diminishing attention spans, mounting consumerism and a desire by administrators to quantify everything.

Sit-in at Seattle U raises allegation on dean's use of slur that may have been reference to book

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Since Wednesday, students have occupied part of humanities college at Seattle University, demanding shifts in curriculum and resignation of dean alleged to have used slur to refer to book title.

Allowing devices in the classroom hurts academic performance, study finds

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Study by faculty members at West Point finds students perform better academically when laptops and tablets are banned from the classroom.

Ball State professor earns tenure despite allegations he pushed creationism in class

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Controversial Ball State U professor earns tenure despite past allegations that he pushed creationism in the science classroom.

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