EXECUTIVE POSITIONS

Small private colleges steeply cut their sticker price, but will it drive down college costs?

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Small private colleges cut their sticker price in an effort not to scare away middle-class students. But will it work or hurt? Will anyone really save much money?

William Peace University may bet $21 million of its $33 million endowment on one shopping center

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William Peace University, a small liberal arts college, plans to make a big bet on a local shopping center but alumnae are not buying it. Should any university spend two-thirds of its endowment on one project?

College presidents harbor doubts about governing boards

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Only 3 percent of presidents are strongly confident American colleges are well-governed by trustees, and a large majority of public four-year presidents would replace their boards if they could, survey finds.

Higher education leaders respond to Obama's ambitous ratings system plan

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Obama proposes expansive college rating system. Making it happen won't be easy, but higher education leaders said they'll play ball.

NYU confirms end date for Sexton presidency

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University confirms that John Sexton will end presidency by 2016, and abandons policy of offering favorable loans to top officials for vacation homes.

Scientists applaud Ball State president's position on intelligent design

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After investigation of professor accused of promoting religious views in a science course, Ball State U.'s president says intelligent design shouldn't be taught in such classes.

2 Christian colleges announce merger

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Montreat and Point -- both Christian colleges -- announce plans to combine operations under the Point name. Online reaction from Montreat alumni is swift and negative.

Could music students be more at risk for sexual misconduct by professors?

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Recent charges of sexual assault and harassment by music professors raise old questions about a "sinister trend" in the discipline. Experts blame a mix of cultural factors and unique windows of opportunity.

E-mails reveal that Mitch Daniels, as governor, tried to ban Howard Zinn book

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Mitch Daniels, while governor of Indiana, tried to ban the teaching of Howard Zinn and sought to cut funds to program led by a professor who was a critic, AP investigation reveals. UPDATE: Daniels responds.

UConn launches investigation into its own handling of child sex abuse allegations against professor

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UConn goes public with investigation into child sex abuse allegations against professor -- and some documents indicate that as far back as 2006, some at the university were told of the charges.

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