Research universities

Renaming of NYU's engineering school after donors irks some students and faculty

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Controversies at NYU and Paul Smith's College point to the potential downsides of agreeing to change a name for a large gift.

Investigation finds UT-Austin president influenced admissions decisions

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An investigation of the University of Texas at Austin finds the president likely swayed admissions decisions to aid well-connected applicants. Everybody does it, President Bill Powers said.

Some professors fear Catholic colleges are ignoring call by the pope to focus less on abortion and homosexuality

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New pontiff has suggested that church leaders focus less on abortion and homosexuality. So recent actions at Roman Catholic colleges have faculty members wondering if administrators missed the latest from Rome.

As effects of sequester take effect, scientists worry about future of research

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Across-the-board spending cuts are prompting scientists across the country to lay off staff, close laboratories and scramble for other sources of funding. Another round of reductions is slated to take effect in the coming fiscal year. 

Duke proposes a mandatory, short video pitch to accompany dissertations

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Should universities require graduate students to pare down years of research into a soundbite that can be understood by non-scholars?

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Holden Thorp to become provost at Washington University in St. Louis

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Outgoing chancellor of UNC-Chapel Hill will become provost at Washington University, an uncommon move that reinforces a trend of public university administrators finding a home in private higher ed.

NRC report calls for greater investment and improved efficiency for research universities

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U.S. research universities' global dominance will be threatened in coming years unless governments invest more and universities become more efficient and better educate under-represented groups, according to new National Research Council report.

Cornell and Technion's win in New York competition reflects desire to grow urban ties

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Cornell's victory in New York City competition, and its intense desire to win, show the importance of urban ties for the future of research universities.

Reverse transfer plans go beyond handing out degrees

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For some colleges, reverse transfer isn't just a way to hand out degrees to boost completion numbers.

Educational spending by public universities increases despite state disinvestment

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Public universities are increasing educational spending even as their overall revenue declines, largely due to state funding cuts.

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