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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. 

Domestic abuse as prevalent as sexual assault on college campuses

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Over Thanksgiving weekend two college students were killed in cases of domestic abuse, which, while not as frequently discussed as sexual assault, remains a serious problem on college campuses.

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.

Guaranty agency buys most of crumbling for-profit Corinthian Colleges in U.S.

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Half of Corinthian Colleges goes nonprofit, as loan guarantor ECMC will buy 56 Everest and WyoTech campuses. Critics say the purchase doesn't do nearly enough for students or to prevent conflicts of interest.

Are selective colleges with big-time sports at greater risk for compromising academics?

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At academically competitive institutions with big-time college sports, a large gap exists between athletes and the average student -- leaving plenty of room for colleges to compromise their academic mission.

Indian company's skills test for college graduates

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Interest in workplace-readiness tests grows, and some big U.S.-based companies make all applicants in India take an assessment from Aspiring Minds, an Indian firm. 

Brown launches initiative aimed at providing internships to low-income students

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Brown University starts effort to make sure every student can have an internship. Move comes as Cornell and Duke are providing students with more learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

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. 

Panel criticizes ASA's Israel boycott at association's annual meeting

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Panel criticizes American Studies Association's year-old academic boycott of Israel at body's annual meeting. And the panelists in turn are criticized.

Colleges turn to athletics directors with business backgrounds, but results vary

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Big-time colleges were rushing to hire executives as athletics directors a few years ago -- but the results have some questioning the trend.

 

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