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November 21, 2006

Whether it's a testament to the organizing muscle of Facebook or the intense feelings about race issues at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, upwards of 650 people have signed an online petition reprimanding a group of black students for making what signatories say are unreasonable demands of the university's administration.

November 21, 2006

University commits to 50% representation in professoriate and among executive leadership by 2020.

November 21, 2006

Pro-Israel groups oppose a job candidate at Wayne State and a tenure candidate at Barnard, setting off new debates on academic freedom.

November 21, 2006

Study gives 32 universities grades of D or F on enrolling and educating minority and needy students -- but some doubt its premises.

November 20, 2006

Mary Burgan, former general secretary of the American Association of University Professors, is not happy about the trends she sees with regard to faculty rights. Traditional governance models are being replaced with strict hierarchies, and too many faculty members have too little influence in crucial decisions, she writes, in What Ever Happened to the Faculty? Drift and Decision in Higher Education, just published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

November 20, 2006

A fire early Friday morning in the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house at Nebraska Wesleyan University killed a sophomore and left three other students with critical injuries, News Net Nebraska reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the university is providing counseling for students. A series of articles over the weekend add to the criticism of the SAT.

November 20, 2006

When it comes to introductory courses in religion and theology, the big division isn't a question of faith, but of priorities. Students want lots of discussion in class sessions and they want to learn facts about religious groups. They also want to become better people. Professors aren't opposed to any of those things, but they are much more interested in teaching critical thinking. While the numbers vary, the gap between students' and professors' goals for these courses is evident at both religious and non-religious institutions.

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