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Discouraging 'Course Fishing'

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Policies that allow students to try out courses and drop them by a certain deadline are a time-honored way for colleges to encourage students to sign up for classes they're not sure about or get out of ones they don't like. But the policies are sometimes manipulated by students hunting for easy A's or a sure-to-pass course in ways that can cause headaches for faculty and administrators.

Court Upholds Autonomy for Seminaries - Will Decision Help Diploma Mills Too?

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Texas Supreme Court throws out state regulation of some religious institutions -- and some fear diploma mills will gain a new way to evade scrutiny.

Mixed Results on Bonds and Taxes for Colleges and Research

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Texans back funds for cancer research and student loans; several community colleges win key votes. U. of Iowa students help defeat bar limits.

Creationist College Advances in Texas

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Advisory council urges approval for institute to offer online master's degrees for teachers. Will state commission go along? Will recent court decision give it any choice?

Questions Delay Creationist Master's Degrees

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Scientists fearful that Texas was about to approve a program to offer online master's degrees in science education -- from a creationist perspective -- received some good news Tuesday.

Affirmative Action Challenged Anew

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Lawsuit against U. of Texas raises novel question: If a university has diversity success with a "percent plan," does that preclude doing more?

A President in Texas (No, Not That One)

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At Abilene Christian U.'s commencement, Madagascar's leader joined 24 graduating scholars supported by his government, with hopes of greater good.

Charlie Wilson's Chair

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He may not be Thomas Jefferson, but that does not seem to matter to his supporters. Charlie Wilson, the notoriously fun-loving former Texas Congressman, may soon have an endowed professor’s chair named in his honor, to the dismay of some professors at the University of Texas at Austin.

Poster Policy Unites Obama and McCain Supporters

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Following uproar, UT Austin suspends rule barring window decorations one day after students displaying signs faced punishment.

Houston, We Have a Tax Cut

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Texas community college district opts to cut rate at which property owners are charged.

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