A Board Out of Control

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Special accrediting panel finds Maricopa trustees in violation of numerous standards and to be lacking in civility or knowledge of their roles.

The Nuclear Option

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Facing a fiscal crisis and little prospect of tax-supported revenue in the near future, Colorado State hypothetically entertains privatization.

The Fix That Wasn't In

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When administrators send Mike McKinney an e-mail, they often begin with “Howdy.” It may seem an informal introduction, but the Texas A&M University chancellor invites that sort of thing. Such is the way in Texas, where major deals can be brokered over football games – and handshakes are expected to be honored like contracts, McKinney says.

“This is Texas,” says McKinney, who runs the 11-campus system. “This is not some other places. Don’t give your word until you’re ready to keep it, and once you give your word you have to keep your word.”

Porn, Without Protection

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Citing First Amendment, Maryland’s public universities defy legislature’s demands for a policy barring the use of public facilities for the display of obscene materials.

Tufts Defines Speech Limits

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Trustees approve a policy that applauds free expression, but says it's not an "absolute" right on campus.

New Wave of Student Activism

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Are the protests in California the start of a new national movement for access and affordability?

Gender Matters

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Colleges with women as presidents and provosts and a critical mass as trustees have been speedier than other institutions in increasing share of faculty that is female, study finds.

The Trustee-Faculty Relationship

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New report finds "generally healthy, constructive" governance roles, but some wonder whether the right people were asked.

Limits on Presidents' Love Lives

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When Robert Zimmer separated from his wife and disclosed to trustees that he was romantically involved with a faculty member, the University of Chicago president gave rise to a host of thorny issues. How will conflicts of interest be resolved? How long will Zimmer’s estranged wife remain in the presidential residence, where official university functions are still taking place? And, more broadly, how might Zimmer’s own credibility be affected by his decision to date a professor on the campus?

Efficiency from Incompetence

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Hatched amid public conflict between board and employees, plan to redesign large Arizona community college district aims to heal institutional wounds.


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