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Deal for Michigan and Its Grad Students

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With strike looming, university and teaching assistants compromise on pay, benefits and other issues.

A Covenant With Students

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Chapel Hill starts to see success with its program to enroll those at the lowest income levels.

Postdoc (Partial) Satisfaction

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Most like their positions, but many have tight budgets and question whether they are actually being trained.

The Road Too Little Traveled

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A new program to ease the transfer of community college students to elite institutions is on the horizon.

Upwardly Mobile Academic: Ralph J. Hexter

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A Berkeley dean talks about taking Hampshire's top job, politically active campuses, and becoming one of the few openly gay college presidents.

Minnesota TA's Reject Union

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By a substantial margin, graduate students at the University of Minnesota have voted down a plan to create a union of teaching and research assistants.

Two-thirds of the 4,461 eligible graduate students at Minnesota's Twin Cities and Duluth campuses voted in the elections held last week. The union won the backing of 1,296 while 1,779 voted against it. State officials released the results Monday.

When Students Learn

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Chico State wants more students in classes on Fridays; Penn State cuts back on 8 a.m. courses.

Auburn President's Permanent No Comment

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Many college presidents consider reporters a necessary nuisance in a democracy. Auburn University's interim president, Ed Richardson, isn't so sure about the necessary part.

He sent a memo to Auburn faculty members and administrators last week telling them that he will no longer speak with Jack Stripling, who covers higher education for the local newspaper, The Opelika-Auburn News.

Pitfall of Public-College Privatization

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Drive for independence could hurt the creditworthiness of lower-tier state institutions, Standard & Poor's warns.

'Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money'

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The "preoccupation with money" is eroding the values of higher education, argues a new book: Saving Higher Education in the Age of Money, published in April by the University of Virginia Press. The authors -- James Engell and Anthony Dangerfield -- question the endowment obsession of presidents, the rating obsession of admissions officers, and the career obsession of students.


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