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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 21, 2006

After a computer error incorrectly gave 78 students at Old Dominion University tuition refunds -- in some cases thousands of dollars each -- the university is demanding the money back, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Some of the students, who have already spent the money, asked the university about the refunds when the money appeared and were incorrectly told that they were entitled to them.

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

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

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