Pioneering college tries to stay relevant amid intensifying competition

Excelsior College, founded to help adults complete degrees online, staggers after curtailing its biggest program over quality concerns. Administrators say "repositioning" is working, but a more competitive market awaits.

Proposed changes to shared governance at the University of Wyoming recall those passed in Wisconsin in recent years

Proposed changes to shared governance at the University of Wyoming recall those passed in Wisconsin. Professors in Wyoming say tenure would exist in name only if their governing board gets what it wants.

Education Department to revisit regulatory restrictions on religious colleges

Department offers few details in release of regulatory agenda, and some say review may be as much symbolic as substantive.

Connecticut ponders future of online education as distance learning consortium closes

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium served the state's online initiatives for two decades. Now the challenge -- or opportunity -- for the institutions is to continue that work as the consortium closes.

More institutions consider ending their 'big deals' with publishers

An increasing number of universities are ending, or threatening to end, bundled journal subscriptions with major publishers.

Critics question Education Department's efforts to help students from Puerto Rico

Four-fifths of the money approved by Education Department to help students from Puerto Rico went to those on the mainland. And critics say new pot of money has application process that will disadvantage island universities.

Top court in Massachusetts finds colleges and professors have duty to prevent student suicides

Top court in Massachusetts rules that colleges and professors in some cases may be sued for failing to prevent students from killing themselves.

Doctoral programs need to rethink their use of standardized tests (opinion)

Graduate programs, not just undergraduate colleges, need to think about whether they need standardized admissions tests and whether they are using them in appropriate ways, write Julie R. Posselt and Casey W. Miller.

Tennessee chancellor dismissed abruptly; president cites 'poor performance'

Unusually public, harsh dismissal letter for Beverly Davenport cites "unsatisfactory performance" across many realms.

White House reportedly weighs restrictions on Chinese citizens doing sensitive research at U.S. universities

White House reportedly considers new restrictions barring Chinese citizens from engaging in sensitive research at U.S. universities. Higher education groups say they want to protect national security interests, but U.S. universities must remain open.


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