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A Twitter skeptic experiments and buys in (essay)

Jack Schneider didn't think Twitter could possibly improve his scholarly work. But a challenge from a colleague led him to experiment, and he explains why it's now part of his public engagement.

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Australia plans to shift from measuring quality alone to impact of research

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Australian government plans to shift from measuring the quality of publicly funded studies alone to gauging their social, economic and environmental impact, too.

Spending on academic research rose 6.9% in 2011

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University spending on R&D rose by 6.9 percent in 2011, driven mostly by funds from federal stimulus. With budget cuts in offing, figures may represent a peak.

University licensing income rose slightly in 2011

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Colleges and universities derived $1.81 billion in revenue from their research-based inventions and created more startup companies in 2011, an annual survey shows.

Seeking to highlight federally funded research, Golden Goose Award unveiled

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Six lawmakers endorse a new award to honor the best federally funded scientific research, seeking to drown out criticism that such spending is often wasteful.

Virginia program promotes shorter-term collaboration

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The University of Virginia hopes a new program brings more interdepartmental collaboration -- and fewer specialized centers -- to campus.

Too many community college students are placing into remedial classes, studies find

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Standardized tests are placing community college students who are ready for college into remedial classes, two studies find, making them less likely to earn degrees.

Next phase of Academically Adrift research links low CLA scores to unemployment

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New research from the authors of last year's controversial book Academically Adrift suggests that lack of academic rigor in college is linked to -- among other things -- lower employment and higher debt after students graduate.

NSF report notes decline in state support for research universities

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States have decreased per-student funding for research universities by about 20 percent, NSF report finds, a rate that outpaces general higher education cuts.

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