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November 3, 2006

A faculty panel has found plenty of blame to go around in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's failed attempt to hire Alla Karpova -- considered one of the finest young talents in neuroscience. Karpova turned down an MIT job offer and in July, some documents related to the search were leaked to The Boston Globe indicating that Susumu Tonegawa, a neuroscientist at MIT and a Nobel laureate, has discouraged her from accepting the position.

November 3, 2006

Trustee nominating processes rarely receive much attention. But at Dartmouth College, graduates have voted down a proposed new constitution for its alumni association that would have, among other things, changed the timing for when petition candidates would make their intentions known.Many viewed the proposed changes as designed to make it more difficult for candidates who questioned the board's decisions to win election.

November 3, 2006

The charm may have gone out of smoking, but a survey released Thursday suggests that students in Minnesota remain a hard drinking crowd. The study’s author said the results show that tobacco reduction programs can be effective, but that campus health officials have to think up creative solutions to lessen binge drinking.

November 3, 2006

Listen to some critics of higher education, and you'll hear constant calls for more accountability and assessment.

November 2, 2006

A symposium on student success kicked off Wednesday with a sobering message from the keynote speaker: “It’s clear that students in our universities are making progress, but only modest progress, ” said Derek C. Bok, interim president at Harvard University and the author of six books on higher education.“Our current practices are out of step with our values as faculty members,” Bok said. “We want to provide the best undergraduate educational experience possible and that is not what is happening.”

November 2, 2006

In final rules for new grant aid, requests for modifications are repeatedly met with the phrase "Changes: None"

November 2, 2006

The site that students love and faculty members hate now wants the former to send in photographs of the latter.

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