Research universities

Encouraging Interdisciplinarity

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Consortium of research universities considers steps to support cross-departmental research by making changes at faculty and administrative levels.

Almost Ready for the Doctoral Program Rankings

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National Research Council -- gearing up for February's long awaited and delayed evaluations -- offers hints on parts of its approach, and hears reservations about methodology.

International Applications Up 4%

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The growth is concentrated among graduate schools that already have the largest numbers of foreign students.

A Culture of Assessment

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Hofstra U. students did not think much of the services and community offered them, until the institution discovered and responded to their concerns via a cycle of surveys.

Split Over Open Access

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10 university press directors back requirements for free online versions of federally sponsored research -- even as presses' association fights to end such a requirement.

Drawing Lines on Conflicts of Interest

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University and med school groups endorse prospect of increased oversight of financial conflicts in biomedical research, up to a point.

Gee's Take on Gee

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From 2+2 to 3+1

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Arizona regent floats idea of dealing with space and money crunch by creating programs in which students work through end of junior year at community college, and then pick up bachelor's after one year at a university.

Buyer's Remorse

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As the University of California grapples with massive budget reductions, the youngest institution in the 10-campus system is once again being forced to defend its very right to exist.

Furloughs, program cuts and layoffs now plague the system, and those draconian measures have many asking whether the university can afford to nurse along the Merced campus, which was born into controversy and still struggles to attract students.

Reputation Without Rigor

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The assessment survey used in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings is subject to apathy and glaring disparities, an Inside Higher Ed review reveals.

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