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February 4, 2005
Can professors nationwide band together to battle the clout of Texas school boards? One professor, fed up with the influence of Texas educators on children's knowledge of sex and science, is trying to find out.Sean G. Massey, the professor, got angry last fall, as he was reading about the latest skirmishes between textbook publishers and Texas school officials.

February 3, 2005
As regents gather to discuss Ward Churchill, politicians rush to denounce him and faculty groups offer support.

February 3, 2005
House Republicans unveiled their proposals for renewing the law that governs federal financial aid programs, which mirror the bill introduced last year.

February 3, 2005
Yale's law school joins Harvard's in again barring armed services recruiters; Congress sends colleges a warning.

February 3, 2005
Brown's president tells students that the "dominance of certain voices" may stifle debate.

February 2, 2005
Publishers and a student advocacy group trade charges.

February 2, 2005
Colleges are at risk of losing some of the most talented young academics -- especially female ones -- if they don't make major changes in the faculty career path. That was the message at a briefing Tuesday for presidents attending the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

February 2, 2005
Citing death threats, Hamilton calls off a planned talk by a Boulder professor. Colorado's governor seeks his resignation.

February 2, 2005
Regulating diploma mills is a little like herding cats.The institutions, which offer fraudulent degrees in exchange for cash and little or no academic work, crop up overnight and disappear nearly as fast, when consumer complaints rise or law enforcement officials catch the scent. State and federal lawmakers yearn to crack down on these "colleges," but because they're hard to define and hard to nail down, there's often little they can do.

February 2, 2005
An education student wrote a paper last semester advocating corporal punishment; now Le Moyne College won't let him enroll.

February 1, 2005
It's rare for a publication to print letters to the editor about articles published more than 25 years ago. But a letter in the new issue of The New York Review of Books couldn't have been published back then.The letter, "McCarthyism at Harvard," details the experiences of Robert N. Bellah, an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley who previously taught at Harvard -- and ran into difficulties there in the 1950s because of his brief membership in the Communist Party while a Harvard undergraduate in the late 1940s.

February 1, 2005
"Rising Faculty Star" features e-mail interviews with up-and-coming young professors about their backgrounds, their work and their career arcs, among other things. Alison Farmer, a fifth-year graduate student in astrophysics at Caltech, was all over the Astrophysics Rumor Mill this winter; she received fellowship offers from MIT, Berkeley and Harvard.Q: What drew you to astrophysics?

February 1, 2005
A federal appeals court on Monday breathed new life into a long-running legal battle between two competing student loan companies.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned a lower court jury's 2003 ruling siding with Sallie Mae in a lawsuit brought by College Loan Corporation.

January 31, 2005
A discipline attempts to explain its values -- while also trying to teach students not to plagiarize.

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 28, 2005
As enrollments at American colleges continue to soar, vaulting past the 17 million mark in fall 2002, students grow ever more likely to be black or Hispanic and female and to attend community colleges or for-profit institutions, according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Education Department.

January 28, 2005
A group of colleges started an effort Thursday to redefine liberal education -- and to ensure that all colleges that profess to provide one actually do.

January 28, 2005
As "60 Minutes" prepares to broadcast a potentially damaging report on for-profit colleges, the Career College Association has begun a public relations campaign aimed at dealing with "any fallout here in Washington or elsewhere," the group's president said in an e-mail to its members last week.

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.

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