Presidents / chancellors

Midway College's attempt at creating a pharmacy school shows dangers of assumed quick fix

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Midway College’s aborted effort to construct a pharmacy school shows that an assumed quick fix to finance problems might not be as easy as it seems.

Shift from branch campuses reflects changes in educational delivery and demand

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Shift from local to far-flung branch campuses in some parts of the country reflects changes in educational delivery and demand.

MIT's quick president search is a lesson in how to shorten selection timeline

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MIT's three-month presidential search suggests that with all the change going on in higher education, universities don't have the time or appetite for drawn-out selection processes.

University of California faces questions about its governance structure

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The University of California system is facing questions about whether its centralized governing structure is still optimal, but some wonder whether more independence would be good for all campuses or just a few.

$10,000 degree push has led to innovation in pricing but not cost control

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Several Texas universities have set up programs to meet the governor’s $10,000-degree challenge, but experts question whether the programs are subsidized by fellow students who pay more and whether these programs can ever have a broad impact.

Davidson reconsidering requirement that president be Presbyterian

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Davidson is one of the few Presbyterian colleges that still require presidents to be members of the denomination. Now the college's board is studying that rule and may overturn it.

LSU president's dismissal shows influence of politics in university leadership

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LSU system president's dismissal shows that politics might limit what public university leaders say in public. Does that change what makes for a good president?

Liberal arts college presidents say new forums needed to talk about sector's future

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To move the conversation about the future of liberal arts colleges forward, several presidents say new forums -- some open, some closed -- are needed.

Less elite colleges, well versed in confronting problems, think they can teach elites a few things

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Less-elite liberal arts colleges, which have struggled with demographic and economic change for years, think they have something to teach the elites, who are starting to consider those issues.

Princeton, Penn and Michigan join the MOOC party

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With help from venture-backed company, Princeton, Penn and U. of Michigan announce they will become the latest high-profile universities to offer free, interactive courses to massive online audiences.

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