EXECUTIVE POSITIONS

Senate tax bill has some but not all provisions that alarmed higher education leaders in House bill

Tax on wealthy private college endowments is included. Deductions for state and local taxes -- viewed as essential by public higher ed -- would be killed. Some other provisions of House bill opposed by colleges are not included.

Excise taxes on colleges spark criticism but may signal a tough future for higher ed

Republican tax plan would cut off key source of borrowing and impose new taxes on wealthy institutions. Some see historic shift in view of elite universities from a public good worthy of sheltering from taxes to a source of funds for government.

College requires students to take Patriotic Education and Fitness

College of the Ozarks president calls new required course “a balance against a pervasive negative view of America.”

Nine lessons learned after Richard Spencer's talk at University of Florida

What other institutions can learn from the way the university prepared for the event, avoided violence and offered support to students.

Cleveland State University president criticized for lukewarm response to homophobic poster

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The president of Cleveland State University has been harshly criticized for defending free expression without speaking out against a flier that called for gay people to kill themselves.

Texts cast doubt on Kennesaw State president's statements

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New questions are being raised at Kennesaw State after local politicians boasted about influencing the president’s decision on how to respond to a racial protest movement.

Ohio State, University of Cincinnati diverge on how to answer Richard Spencer

University of Cincinnati will let the white supremacist speak. Ohio State, citing safety concerns, is “considering other alternatives.”

College presidents and provosts gather to consider issues of free speech

Participants agree that campuses must be places for all views to be expressed. But some academic leaders also see this as time to change the narrative on higher education and to challenge the idea of students as “snowflakes.”

Breaking: NCAA finds no academic fraud by UNC

Ruling comes despite university’s finding that many athletes were for years enrolled in and passed courses they did not attend and that were not taught by anyone.

Wisconsin merger plan stokes controversy, but some see upside

Professors fear an ambitious systemwide merger plan is rushed, but system president argues it is necessary amid tight budgets and declining enrollment at Wisconsin's two-year colleges.

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