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'Lowering Higher Education'

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With colleges under intense pressure to find new sources of revenue, many are applying business ideas or creating closer ties to corporations. In their new book, Lowering Higher Education: The Rise of Corporate Universities and the Fall of Liberal Education (University of Toronto Press), James E. Côté and Anton L.

Flexible Policies, Unchanged Practice

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More medical schools offer better-balanced work-life policies to faculty, new study finds, but few actually use them.

'Stuff Academics Like'

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The blog Stuff White People Like quickly developed a strong following and turned into a book, and then a second, with a faux anthropological look at ... stuff white people like.

The Professor's Night Job

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A former assistant professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif., has sued the institution for sex discrimination, alleging that she was fired for performing in an off-campus burlesque act.

(Liberal) Academic Self-Selection

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2 new studies suggest that bias is not the reason professors tend to lean left. But don't expect the debate to end.

Creating Academic 'Dream Teams'

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A fantasy football-style application has been launched that allows ­research managers to compare the performance of their own ­researchers with that of imaginary "dream teams" drawn from other institutions.

Why Academics Suffer Burnout

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Survey finds high stress levels for those who work in higher education, and especially for younger scholars -- all over the world.

The Guts to Publish

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For motivation, two junior faculty members agreed to write five articles before Memorial Day -- or eat a heaping pile of livermush.

'The Procrastination Equation'

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To some degree, everyone struggles with procrastination -- unless one has entirely abandoned the struggle in favor of watching cat videos on YouTube. And academics, who juggle an array of work responsibilities -- many with apparently elastic deadlines -- are no exception. But recognizing that one is guilty of procrastination, and even that it may have serious consequences for one's career or personal life, never seems to make it much easier to click away from the kitten clip.

Exercising Only Their Minds

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Study finds that, when it comes to physical activity, assistant professors are too often "letting themselves go."

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