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Why Ed-Tech Software Patents Could Harm Innovation

The arcane details, as it turns out, pose a serious risk to colleges, in complex ways.

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Outdated Immigration Laws: Bad for Students, Worse for Local Economies

The energy and innovation that colleges have used to recruit international students is needed to advance immigration-reform efforts that would allow the United States to hold on to this talent after graduation.

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Why All Humanists Should Go to Prison

Academics could learn a lot from volunteering in a penal institution — about teaching, technology, and the value of a liberal-arts education.

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Missouri’s Public-Health Enemy No. 1: a Gun in Every Pocket

How can an educator reassure her worried students when irresponsible legislators have granted a universal right to carry firearms, no training required?

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Graduate-Student Unions Mean Good News for Professors, Too

Despite overblown warnings from university administrators, collective bargaining does not damage the mentor-mentee relationship.

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The No-Censorship Approach to Life

The burden we impose on ourselves by forgoing limits on speech is the responsibility to engage in the debate, on campus as in the larger society.

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Welcome, Freshmen. Look at Me When I Talk to You.

Digital technologies can enhance student learning. But they also present dangers, which we should explain to digital natives newly arrived on campuses.

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NLRB’s Graduate-Assistant Ruling: Bad News for Administrators and Students

The decision in the Columbia University case will have a profound and unfortunate effect on private education as we know it.

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‘Safe’ Is in the Brain of the Beholder

Instead of disparaging students’ requests for safe spaces, professors should try joining them there.

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What Research Universities Can Learn From Teaching-Intensive Counterparts

The future of the biomedical work force depends on creating more-sustainable ways to fund the mission of the institutions that train its scientists.

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What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed

The new economics of higher education are harsh, but institutions that listen to the needs of their undergraduates can get them to the finish line.

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Reimagining College as a Lifelong Learning Experience

The value of college is increasingly found in the connections it creates. We should embrace that role, aiming for deeper and more lasting ties to graduates.

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Academic Work Is Labor, Not Romance

The academy is merely another realm of economic life, the NLRB ruling tells us. It’s time to drop the sentimental pretensions.

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MOOCs Are Dead. Long Live Online Higher Education.

The hype has faded for the massive courses, and their leading commercial proponents have moved on to other gigs. But they’ve left a legacy of the transformative potential of online technology in teaching.

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Why We Are Going to Duke

The president of Marist College defends his institution’s decision to play a basketball game in North Carolina, despite calls to boycott the state to protest its controversial "bathroom law."

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‘Discovery’ Curriculum Pushes Students to Find What’s Next

To raise the bar for undergraduate education, provide more opportunities for original research.

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Free College? The U.S. Should Look at State Models That Are Already Working

Although education will always have to be funded by someone, it remains the best investment any of us can make.

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A Front-Row Look at State-Sanctioned Terrorism

Journalism students studying abroad in Uruguay and Argentina witness the aftermath of an attack on freedom of the press.

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How Colleges Prepare (or Don’t Prepare) Their Leaders Is Holding Back Innovation

Eight lessons about why it is so problematic to find the next generation of leadership, and by extension, why innovation so often gets stuck on campuses.

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The Liberal Arts in the Real World

A new curricular-diversity requirement at Hamilton College is a good thing, writes a student who will be subject to it.

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Colleges Need to Be More Welcoming to Post-9/11 Veterans

America’s best institutions are missing out on the wealth of experience and diversity that former service members can bring to the classroom.

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Texas Picked an Ominous Date to Arm Its Public Colleges

Fifty years after the first mass shooting on a campus, is this really the best that we can do?

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Why a College Should Teach Its Own History

For one thing, a large course with cross-disciplinary appeal creates a sense of community that, in both short and long terms, do a college good.