Academic administration

Regulators and accreditor begin review of Purdue's boundary-testing deal with Kaplan

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University’s boundary-testing deal poses a test for its accreditor and could set new precedents about online education and the role of public universities.

Graduate student union bids at private institutions have succeeded, flopped and been challenged since a major NLRB decision

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Graduate student union bids at private institutions have succeeded, flopped and been challenged since a major NLRB decision last summer -- but none thus far has resulted in a contract for student workers. 

Long Island University, citing need to attract students, orders faculty to trim core curriculum

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University that locked out its faculty in the fall is now telling professors they must shrink the core curriculum within a year and make do without majors such as philosophy and math.

American Public U's new competency-based degrees do not rely on credit-hour standard

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Big for-profit American Public now offers competency-based undergraduate degrees that don’t rely on the credit-hour standard, but federal aid isn’t part of the mix, for now.

Sharp growth of California's free community college programs

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While California considers a plan to cut tuition and lower the cost of going to college, more than 50 local free two-year initiatives are popping up across the state.

AAC&U Releases Report on National, Large-Scale Look at Student Learning

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First data, based on analysis of work at 92 colleges, finds much success in writing, some success in critical thinking and more limited success in quantitative skills.

At a Pennsylvania community college, plans to sponsor refugee family are on hold

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For a group of faculty members, students and staff at a Pennsylvania community college prepared to sponsor a refugee family, their plans are on hold.

Brown U's series on campus speech faces its first test, with a scholar using racial slurs during a talk

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Brown U's series on campus speech faces its first test, with a scholar using racial and religious slurs to make a point during a talk. Some students were offended, and one challenged him -- but not his right to speak.

New study suggests training for department chairs is woefully inadequate at most institutions

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New study suggests that training for department chairs is woefully inadequate at most institutions.

Authors discuss new book challenging the narrative about colleges and the 'skills gap'

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Authors discuss book that seeks to counter the narrative about how higher ed prepares students for careers. They say college must be more than job training, and that term “liberal arts” is misunderstood.

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