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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

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.

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

Carl Wieman, Nobel laureate, sees the scientific method as key to improving science education.

November 17, 2006

A new book says foundations and educational institutions don't always see each other in the best light -- but both sides want better cooperation.

November 17, 2006

When a student in library didn't have ID, police used Taser on him -- and when video of incident turns up online and on TV, campus debate heats up.

November 17, 2006

Survey shows pay for top-level college football coaches continues to soar.

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