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February 7, 2006

Blackboard announced Monday that the Justice Department has cleared its plan to merge WebCT into its operations. The merger plans, announced in October, required Justice Department antitrust review because of the dominance the two companies have in the course-management industry. But Blackboard and WebCT officials had earlier predicted that approval would take place.

February 6, 2006

West Virginia Wesleyan -- to distress of some professors -- deals with enrollment drops by cutting physics and math majors.

February 6, 2006

2 years after supposed breakthrough, concerns mount at U. of Alabama over racial segregation at sororities and fraternities.

February 6, 2006

Black graduate students charge that they are recruited -- and then discouraged from going for doctorates.

February 6, 2006

The meetings of the Secretary of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education tend to make one's head hurt.That's not a commentary on the quality of the ideas expressed (which, as for any committee of its type, run the gamut) but of their volume. With 20 commissioners and panel after panel of guest speakers offering their own views and recommendations and pet concerns, it sometimes seems as if the commission could spread itself too thin, or collapse under its own weight, by taking on too many issues in a scattershot way.

February 6, 2006

Chowan College has announced that it will drop its use of "Braves" as a team name, going along with a push by the National Collegiate Athletic Association to end -- in most cases -- the use of Indian team names and mascots. Chowan, a Baptist college in North Carolina, has maintained that its use of the name was part of the institution's links to Native American tribes, including one that shares the college name.

February 3, 2006

Amid signs students are paying more attention to culture when picking a college, institutions respond with ambitious plans.

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