Research universities

Princeton Ends Early Decision

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A week after Harvard, another university shifts. Some want trend to grow while others question whether most colleges could or should follow.

The Next Level of Open Source

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Going a step beyond free course materials, Yale will put videos of selected courses online -- available free to anyone.

Does Tobacco Money Taint Research?

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U. of California urged to bar grants from cigarette companies. Both sides say academic values are at stake.

When Knowledge Overtakes a Core

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MIT plan would broaden science requirements, encourage study abroad and curb AP credit -- moves that could be influential nationally.

Beyond Michigan's Race Referendum

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On election night next month, many eyes will be on Michigan, where voters will consider a proposal that would broadly ban race or sex-based affirmative action in all government programs, including college and university admissions. But while that may be the most visible state ballot measure related to higher education this year, dozens of others -- on such diverse issues as state tax and spending limits, eminent domain and gay marriage -- could significantly affect colleges and universities.

'Death of a Department Chair'

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Isabel Vittorio, who, as a department chair at the fictional Austin University, had variously “been described as narcissistic, charismatic, brilliant, and opportunistic” was found slumped over her desk in the Department of Literature and Rhetoric early on a Monday morning, her neck broken. What ensues as the murder investigation unfolds is a peek inside what author Lynn C. Miller called the closed, “wonderful dysfunctional family template” of a humanities department.

The New Size of Critical Mass

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U. of Rochester plans major expansion, reflecting the shift of small research universities away from small.

Vote Postponed on Tobacco Research Ban

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After contentious debate on academic freedom and manipulation of research, U. of California regents punt.

Princeton Freezes Tuition

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University makes unusual move -- and couples it with large room and board hikes. What will impact be?

Tenure Reform Comes to Yale

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University panel seeks a true track for promotion and -- in move that surprises observers -- endorses the idea of nurturing young faculty.

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