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February 17, 2005
Whenever a spate of recruiting or academic scandals hits college sports, critics typically suggest that "everybody does it" and defenders of the sports enterprise write off the wrongdoers as being among a relative handful of "bad apples."Which is closer to the truth? Judging by one measure -- the number of big-time sports programs that committed major violations and were punished for them by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the first five years of this decade -- the truth is somewhere in between, but probably closer to the former than the latter.

February 16, 2005
Harvard's president hears a barrage of criticism from angry professors.

February 16, 2005
At a time of steadily rising tuitions, Saint Louis Christian College is going the other way -- all the way the other way.

February 16, 2005
Liberals are tired of getting their hats handed to them -- and not just in presidential elections, either.Today, Campus Progress, which is backed by the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank, opens a campaign to try to win back to liberalism the hearts and minds of American college students.

February 16, 2005
Honoring a labor boycott, the Organization of American Historians is moving its annual meeting from San Francisco to San Jose.

February 16, 2005
A new contract at Temple will make tenure harder to get -- and provide new benefits for full-timers off the tenure track.

February 16, 2005
Rep. John Boehner told a group of college presidents Tuesday that members of Congress are tired of hearing from constituents who can't figure out why their children can't transfer credit from one institution to another."We hear about it nonstop," Boehner (R-Ohio) said. He said that both of his daughters were "caught up" in the issue, thinking that they were taking courses that would transfer -- only to find out that wasn't the case.

February 15, 2005
While many colleges go dry, Colby is letting students enjoy wine and beer -- in moderation -- in campus dining halls.

February 15, 2005
For five years, graduate students facing stress or feeling suicidal have had a hotline that they could call 24/7.On Monday, the founders of the hotline announced that they had turned it over to another group. While about 50 universities have publicized the service, many others have declined to do so because it was created by a religious organization, the Campus Crusade for Christ. The hotline organizers decided it would be best to find a secular home for the hotline, so it could reach more people.

February 15, 2005
Put a bunch of college officials in a room the week after the release of the federal budget proposal, and it's not hard to tell what it contained. Lots of money, lots of smiles (O.K., that doesn't happen a lot).With a budget like last week's -- full of hundreds of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to programs that colleges hold dear -- the mood is one of uncertainty and frustration. And that was evident Monday at the National Legislative Summit put on annually by the Association of Community College Trustees and American Association of Community Colleges.

February 15, 2005
Margaret Spellings gave her first address to a college audience Monday, telling college presidents that they should work to provide better information about their institutions, and that they should back President Bush's budget plans.

February 14, 2005
A federal panel recommends meningitis vaccination for all college freshmen who live in dorms.

February 14, 2005
We asked some of our favorite poetry professors -- many of them poets themselves -- for verses of love academics might want to recite for their Valentines. We hope some of their ideas may inspire.

February 14, 2005
Colleges need to accept that the "social compact" between higher education and government that led to a century of growth for American higher education is dead and will not return, Larry R. Faulkner said Sunday.Faulkner, president of the University of Texas at Austin, delivered that message to hundreds of college presidents gathered in Washington for the annual meeting of the American Council on Education. Bemoaning the death of the compact is not of itself earth-shattering -- academics have been complaining along those lines for some time.

February 14, 2005
The professor who leads the center that invited Ward Churchill quits her administrative post.

February 14, 2005
A pair of sexual harassment claims against professors at Western Oregon University has drawn the attention of the state's top official.

February 11, 2005
If a report issued Thursday gains momentum, the tenure clock -- and many other things about faculty career paths -- could see significant changes.The American Council on Education released the report, which attacks what David Ward, president of the council, called the "rigidity" of the tenure system. The report warns that unless colleges become more flexible about how professors are recruited and what is expected of them, they will lose much of the best talent -- especially women.

February 11, 2005
In a highly unusual move, the presidents of three leading universities issued a statement Thursday to challenge the views of Lawrence H. Summers, the president of Harvard University, on women and science.Summers has apologized for his statements, in which he suggested that "innate differences" between men and women may be a reason why there are so few women in science.

February 11, 2005
When Ward Churchill's scheduled appearance at Hamilton College this month was called off because of threats of violence, the debate about his appearance didn't go away. In formal forums and informal discussions, online and in person, students and faculty members have continued to talk.

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