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Students Who Don't Stay Put

A new study shows the extent to which undergraduates are less likely to have any single institution that is alma mater.

Gender Gap at Flagships

Some trustees at U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggest affirmative action for male applicants.

'Toolkit' for Helping Chinese Higher Education

A group of public university presidents traveled to China last week to kick off a new approach for collaboration between colleges there and in the United States.

The Institute of University Design, which is being created at Arizona State University, will sponsor projects in which presidents and educational leaders from the two countries will collaborate on projects of mutual interest. The first project will be a book, jointly written by presidents of universities from the two countries, on the "toolkit"  needed to create the future of the academic institution.

The Vice Chancellor Who Wasn't There

When Paul W. Barrows announced in November that he was stepping down from his administrative position at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he cited "changing family circumstances" and said he would use his eligible leave time while preparing for a career change. The university press release included praise for Barrows for his work as vice chancellor for student affairs.

John D. Wiley, the chancellor, praised Barrows for his "thoughtful leadership."

Crash Course

Intensive summer program preps students from low-income L.A. high schools for top colleges -- and will track their progress.

California Considers a Cap on Spending

College officials, especially at 2-year institutions, fear the effects -- and see Colorado as a cautionary tale.

New Politics of Race at Berkeley

As Asian enrollment nears 50 percent of freshman class, ethnic groups on campus face new demographics and new issues.

Moving Beyond Test Scores

Following a large drop in admitting black freshmen, U. of Kentucky changes its admissions procedures to emphasize diversity.

Lowering the Flag(ship)

Arizona State plans to do away with its “main” campus by giving each of its branches a unique identity.

'Solutions for Our Future'

Nearly every gathering of college officials these days reveals at least an undercurrent of concern, if not a full blown anxiety fest, about the public’s heightened scrutiny of and skepticism about higher education.


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