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Don’t Retreat. Teach Citizenship.

It’s possible to cultivate valuable skills and dispositions across the curriculum. And now it’s more crucial than ever.

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The 3 Qualities That Make a Good Dean

A veteran professor-turned-dean who wanted to bring light to "the dark side" explains what worked for him.

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How to Responsibly Close a College

When failure is inevitable, planning becomes crucial: How much cash is available, and how long will it last?

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Envisioning the Fully Integrated Library

No academic department is an island, and that’s doubly true for the university library of the future.

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You Talkin’ to Me?

Now more than ever, colleges should be teaching contemplative listening, the learning outcome that’s not on the list.

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Teaching Immigration Law in the Age of Trump

The president-elect’s nativist rhetoric doesn’t give students license to engage in hostile classroom debate. But the boundaries are far more contestable and contested than they once were.

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Think You’re Safe From Retirement-Plan Lawsuits? Think Again

Even public universities should be prepared to demonstrate that they are properly managing their employees’ benefits.

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Why STEM Majors Need the Humanities

It’s often argued that studying the liberal arts will enrich the life of the mind. For STEM majors, it can also give them a practical advantage in their careers.

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The Surprising Value That Need-Based Aid Brings

Making higher education possible for students who could not otherwise afford to enroll — not necessarily just the poorest — should be a priority for colleges.

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The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices

Women lead nearly half of Minnesota State’s colleges and universities. That not only adds diversity at the top level but also inspires other women to dream beyond the future they thought they had.

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Transfer Students Deserve Better Road Maps

The key for transfer success is academic preparation and transparency, writes a University of California admissions officer. Two national trends suggest that both are gaining ground.

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Racism Was Served by Silence. Justice Requires Free Speech for All.

If students think a faculty member is racist, they have every right to say so. But nobody has a right to limit someone else’s speech.

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The Good News About Learning by the Numbers

Learning-analytics software can help in judging the effectiveness of online-course techniques.

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A Foundation Leader’s Advice: Come to the Meeting Prepared

A former president of Barnard College who now directs the Teagle Foundation, the author has seen meetings from both sides of the table.

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Why Universities Need Scholarly-Communications Experts

These professionals can help researchers make better decisions about copyright, fair use, and how to get their work to the public.

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Meeting the Challenge of Demographic Change

With enrollments flattening and the population becoming increasingly diverse, colleges must improve student support to ensure an educated work force.

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In Tumultuous Times, Colleges Can Do What They Do Best

It’s called education. A campus climate of demands, protests, and unrest is a laboratory for learning from people from different walks of life.

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Guiding When It’s a Matter of Life or Death

When students are in crisis, sometimes it’s enough to simply let them know they’re not alone.

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DeVos Is Clearly No Pushover

Despite her lack of a higher-ed portfolio, Trump’s pick for education secretary combines a passion for education and impressive political skills.

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Colleges’ Realities May Curtail DeVos’s Agenda

A huge loan system and day-to-day campus complications can humble any education secretary, no matter how ideologically ardent she is.

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Expect DeVos to Apply Her Free-Market Outlook to Colleges

What she’s advocated for in elementary and secondary schools in Michigan has implications for her approach to American colleges.

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Use Data to Make a Strong Case for the Humanities

Tell students that majoring in these fields may well be a path to happiness, not penury.

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Leading From the Middle

For the sake of the future, we should leverage the power of midlevel leaders — chairs, deans, directors — to advance the mission of their colleges.