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January 28, 2005
After freshmen go home for their December break, a major concern for many institutions of higher education is making sure they come back.Mary Stuart Hunter, director of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience, says that many institutions have started programs based on the "urban myth" that students will have made up their minds about whether or not to stay after their first six weeks in college.

January 27, 2005
The University of Oregon is under fire for ordering the removal of a "Support Our Troops" decal from a state-owned truck.

January 27, 2005
A new study documents the extent of the pay gap between those on and off the tenure track.

January 27, 2005
Hamilton College defends its invitation to a scholar who called those killed in the World Trade Center "little Eichmanns."

January 25, 2005
"Carnegie Classifications" -- widely used to group colleges -- are undergoing the most significant changes in their history.

January 24, 2005
In 'mutual' decision, Baylor's president decides to step aside amid mounting criticism over the direction of the institution.

January 24, 2005
Colleges did very well in 2004, with an average return of 15.1 percent; the greatest gains were made by institutions that were already wealthy.

January 21, 2005
The University of Dayton's law school has become the first in the nation to offer a five-semester program, instead of the traditional six. Until last year, the American Bar Association required six semesters, so the option Dayton is offering was impossible. Dayton's program, under which students can take their first semester in the summer, will make it possible for student to obtain a law degree in just two years. Students still have the option of a six-semester program.

January 21, 2005
The NBC hit The Apprentice kicked off a new season last night, with a new gimmick: a team of college graduates would face off against a team of people who had never attended college.Promotions of the series played up the showdown between "book smarts" and "street smarts," so we thought it would make sense to review the show with an expert on the education of business leaders. Catharyn Baird has been a business professor at Regis University for 20 years, teaching in its undergraduate, MBA, and online programs.

January 20, 2005
Minnesota's governor wants his state to copy a Colorado college financing system that hasn't begun, let alone been proven to work.

January 20, 2005
The University of Pennsylvania has wrapped up its grand experiment in curricular reform.

January 20, 2005
Educators dispute rosy analysis and say foreign students continue to face obstacles.

January 20, 2005
Two days after UVa altered its policies to reduce students' loan burdens, Williams increases its grant levels.

January 19, 2005
Enrollment is rising dramatically in American Sign Language, creating debates about how language and culture are defined, and which languages should count toward colleges' requirements.

January 18, 2005
A year ago, the University of Virginia joined the growing list of selective institutions altering their financial aid policies to make them friendlier to students from low-income families. Now it has decided that it needs to do even more, and do it sooner, than originally planned.

January 17, 2005
There is no such thing as an offhanded comment from a White House spokesman.So when Trent Duffy, in explaining Friday that President Bush would seek to bolster the Pell Grant program in part by reducing the subsidies paid to lenders in the student-loan program, called the subsidies "excessive" and described the loan industry as "very profitable," the political winds surrounding the student-loan programs continued to shift.

January 14, 2005
SUNY's chancellor won't get a sabbatical, but SUNY might get a new chancellor.

January 13, 2005
"Upwardly Mobile Academic" consists of brief e-mail interviews with newly named presidents about their career paths and philosophies. Kermit L. Hall has just been named president of the State University of New York at Albany. A historian of the federal court system, Hall has been president of Utah State University since 2000.Q: You were selected for the Albany job after missing out on the University of Tennessee presidency, a search in which you criticized the process. Can you compare the two search processes?

January 13, 2005
Buck up, Les Miles -- you have to start somewhere.Miles, Louisiana State University's new football coach, will earn at least $1.25 million a year under the seven-year deal that the university has offered him, LSU announced Wednesday. The university's Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the deal January 20.

January 12, 2005
A new program to ease the transfer of community college students to elite institutions is on the horizon.


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