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Grad students and policy experts say taxing graduate students' tuition waivers would spell disaster

Graduate students and higher education experts warn GOP plan to tax tuition waivers would be disastrous to both students’ finances and institutions’ teaching and research missions.

Chief Justice John Roberts calls data on gerrymandering 'sociological gobbledygook.' Sociology fires back

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Social scientists clap back at U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts after he calls data on partisan gerrymandering “sociological gobbledygook.”

ABA cracks down on low-performing law schools in wake of criticism by feds

In the wake of federal criticism of its accreditation standards, the American Bar Association sanctions another for-profit law school.

Study: Graduate students may take on unnecessary postdocs

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New study argues science Ph.D.s often plan for postdocs without considering whether they're necessary or beneficial to their career plans. Actual evidence is mixed.

U of Wisconsin Madison approves faculty-backed tenure policy

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Madison faculty members are trying to restore in university policy what Governor Scott Walker and Republican legislators took away. Will the plan work?

Author of new book on 'purposeful graduates' says colleges must talk to students about making meaningful lives

Author of new book on "purposeful graduates" says colleges must talk to students about the importance of creating and living meaningful lives.

Philosophy association board reaches out to victims of sexual assault and harassment

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Disciplinary association issues open letter to victims of harassment and sexism, and calls for departments to promote equity. While some philosophers welcome the move, others doubt it will change anything.

Academics weigh in on the curious case of Rachel Dolezal

Academics weigh in on the curious case of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who allegedly passed as a black instructor of African-American studies for five years.

AAUP committee survey data raise questions on effectiveness of student teaching evaluations

AAUP survey finds declining response rates on student reviews of professors, too many colleges that do little beyond student reviews, and concerns about bias against women, minorities and adjuncts. But association panel wants to improve system, not end it.

Wisconsin-Madison chancellor vows to protect academic freedom, tenure

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With faculty members saying she hasn't done enough to fight legislative attack on tenure, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank reaffirms her commitment to academic freedom. But with many questions still unanswered, will her words be enough to prevent a flight of talent?

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