Research universities

'The Power of Privilege'

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Conventional wisdom and plenty of books tell a story of how the post-World War II years saw a great shift take place in elite higher education: As a result of the G.I. Bill, the civil rights and women's movements, changing demographics, and some forward thinking academic leaders, you no longer needed to have the right ancestors and the right prep school to get into the top universities. Meritocracy emerged as a dominant force.

How Another University Coped

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Nearly 20 years ago, 35 Syracuse U. students died while aboard Pan Am Flight 103. The university is still responding.

Ohio U. Restricts File Sharing

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Ohio joins just a handful of institutions to essentially ban all use of peer-to-peer technologies.

MIT Dean Claimed Unearned Degrees

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Prominent admissions dean resigns after university found she had misrepresented her academic background.

Inquiry or Indoctrination?

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Debate over first-year curriculum challenging "hegemony" at UC San Diego heats up as 2 graduate students lose their jobs.

Proposed Cutoff of Medicaid Funds

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U.S. plan would strip teaching hospitals and medical schools of $1.8 billion in federal matching money for graduate medical education.

Whose Blood Is It, Anyway?

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In victory for research universities, appeals court finds that research subjects do not have right to transfer their donations elsewhere.

When Prayer Reaches the Locker Room

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Dispute on whether Iowa State's football team should have spiritual adviser raises issues of church and state at public universities.

The Science Lab Is Flat

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Study documents increasing share of papers by American researchers with foreign partners.

'Institutionalizing' Interdisciplinary Research

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As interest in interdisciplinary research continues to increase, colleges still don’t have answers to critical questions about the best ways to support and encourage collaboration across the disciplines. How can a department fairly evaluate interdisciplinary research in promotion and tenure decisions, for example? How can an institution raise money for interdisciplinary endeavors within a system designed to fund raise for individual schools and colleges?

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