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White House retreat on 529 savings plan changes illustrates the politics of higher ed tax breaks

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White House's retreat on plan to hike taxes on college savings plans underscores support for higher education tax credits, which many researchers criticized as disproportionately helping the wealthy.

Purdue's president and faculty clash over student learning assessment

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Purdue's politician turned president wants a nationally normed measure of what students learn -- and he's tired of waiting. Professors want meaningful assessment but aren't sold on standardized exams.

Arizona State U. backs down from some details of a controversial plan for writing instructors

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Arizona State, facing criticism, agrees to pay more to some composition instructors assigned extra sections. But the university refuses to back down on courseloads that violate disciplinary standards.

Higher ed spending up in most states, but recession still stings

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Spending on higher education is up in most states since last year, but half of states are still below their recession-era levels.

Obama's new tax plans would shift education tax credits and Pell Grants, and pay for free community college tuition

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Obama proposes shifts in education tax credits and Pell Grants, using increased taxes on wealthy individuals and financial institutions to pay the costs, and to finance plan for free community college.

More than a dozen research universities opt out of higher education group's sexual assault survey

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More than one-third of research university group's members won't participate in its study of campus climate related to sexual assault. 

New book argues for more effective, collaborative methods of shared governance

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New book from William Bowen and Eugene Tobin argues for more effective, nimble and collaborative approach to institutional decision-making, saying new models of shared governance are needed. Some of the authors' suggestions are sure to be controversial.

Marquette professor who blogged about a TA's decisions in class is suspended with pay, pending inquiry

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The Marquette U. professor who criticized a TA's teaching on his personal blog is suspended, pending a university investigation into his conduct. 

A Long Island private college hopes to make it past next fall

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Dowling College's seventh president of the last 10 years hopes to be the one who can save it.

Colleges consider how flexible to be with students protesting killings of unarmed black men

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Oberlin refuses demand to bar F grades while protests continue over police shootings. How flexible should colleges be for students feeling vulnerable over current events? How flexible should students be about protests in the library during finals?

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