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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.

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
Hamilton College defends its invitation to a scholar who called those killed in the World Trade Center "little Eichmanns."

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.

January 25, 2005
"Carnegie Classifications" -- widely used to group colleges -- are undergoing the most significant changes in their history.

January 24, 2005
Colleges did very well in 2004, with an average return of 15.1 percent; the greatest gains were made by institutions that were already wealthy.

January 24, 2005
In 'mutual' decision, Baylor's president decides to step aside amid mounting criticism over the direction of the institution.

January 21, 2005
The NBC hit The Apprentice kicked off a new season last night, with a new gimmick: a team of college graduates would face off against a team of people who had never attended college.Promotions of the series played up the showdown between "book smarts" and "street smarts," so we thought it would make sense to review the show with an expert on the education of business leaders. Catharyn Baird has been a business professor at Regis University for 20 years, teaching in its undergraduate, MBA, and online programs.

January 21, 2005
The University of Dayton's law school has become the first in the nation to offer a five-semester program, instead of the traditional six. Until last year, the American Bar Association required six semesters, so the option Dayton is offering was impossible. Dayton's program, under which students can take their first semester in the summer, will make it possible for student to obtain a law degree in just two years. Students still have the option of a six-semester program.

January 20, 2005
Two days after UVa altered its policies to reduce students' loan burdens, Williams increases its grant levels.

January 20, 2005
Minnesota's governor wants his state to copy a Colorado college financing system that hasn't begun, let alone been proven to work.

January 20, 2005
The University of Pennsylvania has wrapped up its grand experiment in curricular reform.

January 20, 2005
Educators dispute rosy analysis and say foreign students continue to face obstacles.

January 19, 2005
Enrollment is rising dramatically in American Sign Language, creating debates about how language and culture are defined, and which languages should count toward colleges' requirements.

January 18, 2005
A year ago, the University of Virginia joined the growing list of selective institutions altering their financial aid policies to make them friendlier to students from low-income families. Now it has decided that it needs to do even more, and do it sooner, than originally planned.


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