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British Libraries Push Back

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Research institutions demand price cuts before they will renew package deals.

'Can't Afford to Be Too Choosy'

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A head of school at a leading British university e-mailed academics urging them to be "VERY generous" when assessing graduate applications, warning them that they "simply cannot afford to be very choosy."

The e-mail, seen by Times Higher Education, was sent to staff at the University of Birmingham’s School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion by Helen Beebee. She writes that she "CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH" how important it is that all academics "try as hard as we possibly can" to recruit graduate students for the coming year.

Rising Price of British Graduate Education

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Many fear that programs will be "priced out of the market."

The Real Rising Cost of English Universities

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Tuition will exceed government's estimates, leading to more questions about direction of higher education.

New Competition in the UK

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Many British universities plan to recruit more top students under government's plans.

Boycott Backlash

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AAUP condemns boycotts -- and faces criticism for invitations to backers of sanctions against Israeli universities.

Boycott Debate Is Back

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Some British academics again try to isolate colleges and professors in Israel -- and other academics see the movement as offensive.

British Professors Seek to Cut Ties to Israeli Scholars

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Union vote proceeds despite intense lobbying from American faculty groups, who see a serious violation of academic freedom.

Making Sense of 'Bologna Degrees'

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In the early 1990s, the then-presidents of Oberlin College and Stanford University floated the idea that the standard time for an undergraduate degree might be better at three years instead of four. The idea went nowhere -- at least in the United States.

Point of No Return to Bologna

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With deadline approaching for unifying higher ed system, European universities pick up pace on aligning degrees.

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