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Hello. Articles on our site this week explored the outcome and implications of a federal ruling backing the rights of graduate students at private universities to unionize, one university's unusual warning that students won't be coddled, and a study on where faculty diversity is improving (and where it isn't). And if you haven't checked out our new jobs site, please do -- thousands and thousands of available positions:  
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Critics of this week's NLRB decision in favor of graduate student unions at private institutions say it could turn graduate education upside down. But that hasn't happened on a campus with one of country's oldest public-sector graduate employee unions.
Federal labor board overturns ruling that denied collective bargaining rights. On many campuses, grad students vow to organize. Many higher ed leaders and Republicans in Congress criticize ruling.
After a year of protests nationwide, one university is trying to be clear about what students should expect.
Thirteen people reported killed in attack by gunmen that came weeks after two foreign professors were kidnapped. Seven students among the dead, as is instructor who studied in U.S.
A medical school building keeps its name at Marian University in Indianapolis, even after the man it's named for can't fulfill a $48 million pledge.
Bard College takes (another) ratings downgrade on liquidity concerns. Can leaders keep defying the conventional financial wisdom?
Stanford adopts policy banning large containers of hard alcohol on campus, leading to criticism that such policies do little to protect victims of campus sexual assault.

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Recognizing graduate students as employees is good for the whole university, argues Mary Grace B. Hébert.
Students deserve safe spaces on a campus because the absence of such spaces is counter to the very mission of higher education, argues Matthew Pratt Guterl.
The long-lasting unequal outcomes in higher education -- especially among Latino, black, Native American and underserved Asian-American students -- are evidence that we haven't made needed changes in the classroom, writes Estela Mara Bensimon.
If we are going to use taxpayer dollars for job training, we must be assured the programs will create new jobs, argues Anthony P. Carnevale.
It depends on whom you ask, write David L. Brunsma, David G. Embrick and James M. Thomas, who contend that institutional leaders often try to deny racial tensions on their own campuses.
Simple characterizations of campus protests as confrontations between hypersensitive students and fearful campus employees do little to advance the goal of achieving equity in higher education, write Magdalena L. Barrera and Shelley S. Lee.
Scott McLemee reviews a scholarly article that examines how small but significant tweaks to an academic paper's title can make it more likely to win attention.

Career Advice      // view all career advice »

A rejection letter is often the last impression an institution leaves on the job candidate, writes Maria Shine Stewart. so why not make it a good one?
Graduate students and postdocs should understand the importance of being able to communicate about their competencies to prospective employers during their job search, writes Joseph Barber.
You may secretly -- or not so secretly -- steer clear of collaborative projects, but Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder highlights four key benefits.
Once Roberto Abadie came to the realization that he wouldn't get tenure, he began to see the upside.
Hillary Clinton’s comment at the Democratic convention suggests we might be entering an era in which women can see ourselves represented in many diverse champions, writes Judith S. White.

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“How many students does a section need to have to run?”  
5 hours 34 min
 The paradox of growth being good for the platform, but bad for its users.
5 hours 38 min
A review of Ingrid Burrington's new book, Networks of New York.
6 hours 36 min
Fantastic images from the sector
13 hours 14 min
How the Chicago debate differs from the realities of a community college student body.  
23 hours 8 min
That instructor would be me.
23 hours 23 min
Prospective students — both teens and older students — are repeat visitors to the “academic program” pages on higher ed websites. Make sure that they can find them -- and that content meets their needs.
23 hours 38 min
A book that is not about campus IT, but that may motivate us to think differently about campus IT.
1 day 5 hours
U Venus bloggers share their resolutions.  
1 day 6 hours
Colombia has been on the path toward developing a sophisticated, diversified and equitable system of higher education for many years. This is promising but there are many shortcomings in policy and practice.
1 day 9 hours

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