Research 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.

Upping the Ante in Graduate Stipends

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Chicago announces expanded benefits for students in humanities and social sciences -- with goal of speeding Ph.D. completion.

Unusual Mix of Prayer and Politics

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Yale Divinity School students burn the Ten Commandments and Bill of Rights -- in prayer, not protest.

Pork Spending Drops Drastically

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Watchdog group says this year's dip in Congressional earmarks, a controversial funding source for research initiatives, was a fluke.

Are Public Universities Losing Ground?

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Data suggesting big edge in faculty research output at private institutions is questioned, but seen as emblematic of evidence yet to come.

Threats to Rare Resource for Humanists

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U. of Illinois grant program, which gives 200-plus professors awards up to $25,000 a year, could face the budget axe.

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