Politics (national)

Pro-Trump chalkings inflame many campuses

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Pro-Trump chalkings and graffiti spread to dozens of campuses, in many cases accompanied by comments about immigrants or Muslims, and set off debates about free speech and tolerance.

Senate education panel seems poised to confirm Obama education secretary nominee

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In a confirmation hearing, the Senate education committee seemed confident that John B. King Jr. would be approved as education secretary.

Professor, a top Trump aide, describes his role, the plan to keep Muslims out and a coming higher ed agenda

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National co-chair of campaign discusses his role, proposal about Muslims and how it would affect international students, and coming "revolutionary" plan for higher education.

Survey finds support by college presidents for free tuition plans

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Survey finds half of college presidents back or somewhat back idea of federal infusion of funds to allow two free years of public higher education. Support exceeds two-thirds at public institutions but is less than one-third at private colleges.

In appeal to college supporters, political campaigns show lack of knowledge of university policy

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In their rush to recruit student volunteers, political campaigns may inadvertently ask faculty members to violate college and university policies.

Governors races and impact on higher education

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Winners include some whose views on public colleges have been controversial and others whose views have won widespread praise.

Survey suggests politicians overstate public's desire for vocational view of higher ed

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Seeking to gauge how to rebuild public support for higher ed, survey project finds that Americans have less vocational view of college than their leaders do.

Impact of 2013 elections on higher education

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Colleges celebrate passage of several bond measures. Virginia voters reject gubernatorial candidate who frequently clashed with academe. New York City's new mayor has pledged a focus on CUNY.

Senate vote prompts discussion among political scientists about their political strategy

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Senate vote to bar support from the NSF has many scholars wondering whether their discipline needs a new strategy. Also being debated: Was an exception to the ban a win for research or a loss on principle?

Legislator pressure leads North Dakota State to freeze Planned Parenthood grant

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North Dakota State U. wins $1.2 million grant for a sex education program, then -- after legislators protest -- says it might be illegal to use the money. Faculty accuse administrators of sacrificing academic freedom.

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