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Selective universities want more high-achieving community college students to transfer

Many community college students with high grade point averages aren't transferring to four-year institutions, new research finds, a fact some of the nation's most selective universities want to change.

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How two institutions diversified their faculties without spending big or setting hard targets

Boston College and UC Riverside share how they quickly hired more faculty members from underrepresented minority groups, without relying on hard numerical targets or costly initiatives.

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Outrage over position that would pay a Ph.D. $28,000 for what many see as a full workload

University of Illinois-Chicago ad for language program director draws outcry.

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Study questions whether elite college courses are of higher quality than others

Study's preliminary findings suggest that teaching quality and academic rigor are not necessarily stronger at prestigious institutions.

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Princeton grad student takes on the humanities crisis from a decidedly gendered perspective

Everyone seems to have a theory as to why humanities majors are disappearing. One doctoral student thinks the trend is due to women's widening career paths. His notion is gaining traction.

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Temple University faces scrutiny over rejection of African-American studies department's choice as chair

Temple was the first institution to offer a doctorate in African-American studies and has seen heated debates over the discipline's direction. The rejection of the department's choice as chair has set off a new controversy.

The role of the chair in inviting students into a department (opinion)

It is one of the most important commitments a healthy and thriving unit can make—and, if you are the chair, part of your responsibility, writes Kevin Dettmar.

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The benefits of department chair exchanges in an institution (opinion)

Faculty-driven chair exchanges can be a positive force for budget transparency, camaraderie and interdisciplinary collaboration, writes Hollis Robbins.

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Administrators should encourage faculty not to teach when sick (opinion)

The embrace of remote learning has encouraged institutions to believe faculty should teach even when they are sick, Carol Bishop Mills writes, which has negative consequences for faculty morale.

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How chairs can sustain positive changes to teaching and learning (opinion)

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Suzanna Klaf and Amanda L. Irvin describe five ways chairs can, and should, help sustain positive changes to teaching and learning that have resulted from the pandemic.

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