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Robert Zemsky's 'Checklist for Change' tries to get at what's holding back higher ed

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Longtime higher education scholar Robert Zemsky tries to get at what’s actually keeping higher education from making changes. His answer? A lot.

UC business schools see different levels of resistance to innovation plans

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UCLA wins approval to make M.B.A. program self-sufficient, which the school sees as key to long-term success. The UCLA plan remains controversial, but Berkeley’s Haas School has changed its business model with much less resistance.

UT-Austin president and admissions director discuss the Fisher decision

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UT-Austin's president and admissions director discuss the Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. the University of Texas and its impact on the university.

Virginia audit seeks to find what's driving up college costs

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Virginia audit agency is exploring cost drivers in higher education, placing an initial target on auxiliary services. The multiyear review could influence the national discussion, but finance researchers urge a more sophisticated analysis.

Groups call for big changes in recruitment and training of community college presidents

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With a wave of retirements looming, community college leadership pipeline needs urgent repairs, report finds.

Big 10 provosts question partnerships with ed tech companies

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Academic leaders of Big 10 and U. of Chicago issue statement promoting joint online instruction, but suggesting that universities may be better off managing it without corporate involvement.

Collegiality experts advocate its role in personnel decisions

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Collegiality is a sticky subject when it comes to personnel decisions. But some argue that a well-defined notion of collegiality could make for better department dynamics in the long run.

Communications consultants say athletics controversies are more difficult to manage

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Gordon Gee's retirement in wake of a controversy that got major attention from sports media raises this question: Are athletics issues at universities fundamentally different from others that presidents face?

Florida law gives students and colleges flexibility on remediation

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New Florida law lets high school graduates decide for themselves -- no testing needed -- whether they are ready for college-level work.

Ohio State President Gordon Gee retires amid controversy

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Ohio State President Gordon Gee, who served six presidencies over 32 years, is retiring amid controversial statements. Whether or not it was the remarks that forced Gee’s retirement, his legacy will likely be large.

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