EXECUTIVE POSITIONS

New Purdue president outlines critiques of higher education

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Former governor of Indiana, in first week as Purdue president, issues unusually frank letter about challenges facing higher education, urging university to become "counterexample" to the failings of academe.
 

NYU vote of no confidence highlights divergent views of faculty role in governance

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Upcoming vote of no confidence in NYU president highlights a divide between how faculty members and administrators understand their roles in governance.

Tech Officials Weigh in on Big Data, MOOCs, and open source

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New survey from Campus Computing Project suggests that colleges are not taking full advantage of Big Data, and remain apprehensive about open source applications. But many see a role for MOOCs in academic instruction.

Colleges seek collaborations with Brazil

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Inspired by the scale of the Science Without Borders program, universities seize opportunities to expand partnerships in Brazil.

U.Va. board retreat focuses on structure and attitudes

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In second half of retreat, U.Va. board focuses on how to restructure and divide responsibility between board and president, with lessons that might be applicable to other boards.

U.Va. board tries to move past leadership controversy

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At first meeting since its leadership controversy in June, U.Va.’s board tries to move past mistakes and begin to confront emerging challenges.

$60M fine, 4-year bowl ban among penalties; university removes Paterno statue

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Association imposes $60 million fine, 4-year bowl ban, steep scholarship cuts; university officials signed off. Penn State opts to take down what has become a controversial honor for the late coach, but library name will not be changed.

Trustees are different than they used to be, and U.Va.-like clashes will be more common

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Boards are different than they used to be. Expect more incidents like the one at the University of Virginia.

Catholic colleges worry as number of female presidents falls

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For decades, female presidents led the majority of Catholic colleges. But as women leaders have gained ground elsewhere, at Catholic colleges, they’re disappearing.

UVa president's ouster centers on disagreement in pace of change

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In a day of unusual protests at UVa, a board holds its ground, an ousted president defends her philosophy -- and differences illustrate debate about how speedily a great university should change, and who should decide how it does so. Divided board picks interim president after meeting of almost 12 hours.

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