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Hello. Our weekly newsletter is coming early to you this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Below you'll find articles about multiple campuses facing conflict over classroom speech and the rights of students and professors, colleges that heavily discount their tuition, and protests targeting institutional ties to Thomas Jefferson. That and more below. Enjoy.

Nov 29 2015

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At University of Missouri and William & Mary, some place notes on statues honoring the author of Declaration of Independence, calling him a rapist and a racist.
Kansas professor is on leave after students complain over her use of n-word and her statements on retention. Situation is latest to raise issues of racial sensitivity and academic freedom.
Cal State Northridge professor says university is targeting him for his stance against gay adoption. But his students question why he's encouraged an English class to attend an event on family issues at the Reagan Library.
How high is too high a discount to offer students? Nearly 10 percent of colleges have rates of 60 percent or more. For some it appears to be a sign of distress, yet others see a strategy.
Responding to concerns of black students, U of Kentucky will shroud a fresco on the state's history.
Study finds notable drop in proportion of recent high school graduates from bottom 20 percent of family incomes who are enrolling in college.
After a controversial humor magazine was denounced by University of California at San Diego administrators, the student government voted to stop funding all student media.
In November, more than a dozen college campuses have been targeted by shooting and bomb threats, with many of them threatening black students.

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How Would You Like to Pay? explores the anthropology of the expanding new world of smartphone wallets and other forms of mobile payments, writes Scott McLemee.
Humanities scholars conduct their research in an arena that is flexible, efficient and cost-effective, and they should be funded accordingly, writes Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt.
To help those students obtain a degree or credential, colleges should consider accepting alternative-credit courses like those evaluated and approved by the American Council on Education, says Deborah Seymour.

Career Advice (View all)

Having just completed the process, Ramon B. Goings shares what he wished he'd known when he started.
Joseph Barber provides advice for avoiding them in your CV, résumé or interview answers.

Blog U (View all)

Explaining the problems with a flawed analysis of higher education's problems.  
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An argument about the unintended consequences of online learning for foundational residential courses.
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Arab universities, regardless of their resources, are no longer interested in being cash cows in exchange only for the privilege of being associated with a prestigious foreign university.
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