Politics (national)

Professor in Chief

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Obama's critics have again taken to deriding his professorial past, shedding light on longstanding stereotypes about academe.

Old School Shimer

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Shimer College’s new interim president signaled efforts Tuesday to end a contentious chapter at the small Chicago-based institution, pledging to uphold traditions many had seen as being under fire during his predecessor’s short and controversial tenure.

Profs Turned Pols

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From local school board races to Congressional campaigns, an effort is under way to push scientists out of the lab and onto the stump.

Wins for Higher Ed in 2 State Votes

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On a primary election day in which anti-tax, anti-government sentiment was strong nationally, public colleges and universities in Arizona and Oregon won key victories.

Introducing Glenn Beck University

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Glenn Beck, the controversial broadcaster, has decided to introduce his own education service: Beck University.

'A Home Elsewhere'

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For over three decades, Robert Burns Stepto has been writing about and teaching African American literature. His book From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative (University of Illinois Press), which focuses on several autobiographies of and novels about young black men growing up in America, was first published in 1979.

Colleges and the Governors' Races

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With state budget shortfalls likely to hit $180 billion in 2011, the incoming governors -- a potentially record-size pool of brand-new state chiefs -- will have a lot to take on when they take office in January. Jobs and the economy have dwarfed all other campaign issues, and higher education -- despite its link to economic development -- is unlikely to be a focal point in this year’s elections.

Politics or Civility?

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New sociology research suggests that nonpolitical campus characteristics may influence whether conservative students thrive with or feel intimidated by faculty at overwhelmingly liberal institutions.

Civic School Spirit

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In a systemwide campaign, the City University of New York is using campus spirit as an impetus for voter participation on its 23 campuses and beyond.

High Stakes in Ohio

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In a state that has seen aggressive higher education changes under the incumbent governor, colleges have a lot riding on the upcoming election for Ohio's next leader.

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