Gun-Violence Researchers, Anticipating No Change Under Trump, Rethink Strategy

With a 20-year ban on federal funds for studies of firearm violence, researchers at more than 80 public-health institutions plan to make progress locally.

The Ticker

Education Dept. Clarifies Rule Governing Online Courses

The department said that an agreement under which more than 1,300 colleges had already been approved to offer online courses across state lines would satisfy the new regulation.



In California, Tensions Over Growth Divide a Campus

Faculty and administrators at the University of California at Riverside are wrestling with how to heal a rift caused in part by fallout from an ambitious expansion plan.


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An Attempt to Replicate Top Cancer Studies Casts Doubt on Reproducibility Itself

Studies organized by Brian Nosek’s Center for Open Science have once again sounded an alarm about whether research can be replicated. But the authors of those studies take issue with the approach.

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U. of Wisconsin System Sues Former Campus Leaders Over Handling of Millions

The system alleges that officials on the Oshkosh campus engaged in illegal financial dealings related to development projects.


At Long Last, Agency Completes Overhaul of Rules on Use of Humans in Research

The revisions, delayed by more than five years of acrimonious debate, will take effect next year regardless of the change in presidential administrations.

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Nation's Largest Student-Loan Servicer

The federal agency's lawsuit asserts that Navient, formerly a part of Sallie Mae, made repaying student loans more costly and difficult for borrowers.



Obamacare Repeal Could Bring Relief for Colleges, Uncertainty for Adjuncts

Republicans in Congress are working to roll back the Affordable Care Act. What its replacement could mean for higher ed and its work force is anybody’s guess.


Graduate Students

How Hard Is It for a University to Revoke a Ph.D.?

The case of a Trump aide who bowed out of a White House post after reports that she had plagiarized parts of her dissertation raises questions about what actions an institution can take.



DeVos Takes Center Stage: Highlights From Her Confirmation Hearing

The education-secretary nominee avoided specifics as senators pressed for her positions on issues including student debt, regulations on for-profit-colleges, and Title IX.

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Janet Napolitano, U. of California System President, Is Being Treated for Cancer

She was hospitalized on Monday because of side effects from her treatment, which is nearly complete, according to a statement from her office.

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Anchorage Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in U. of Alaska President

The university's consolidation of its education programs on the Juneau campus has faculty members at Anchorage worried about the future of their own campus.

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Leader of For-Profit College Says He Was Fired for Sheltering Homeless Student

The president of Vatterott College at Kansas City says he allowed the student to stay in the library on a freezing night.



5 Things to Know About Betsy DeVos

A primer on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s pick for education secretary, whose confirmation hearings begin today.



On Eve of Trump Inaugural, Harvard Official Takes Key Title IX Post at Education Dept.

Mia Karvonides will advise top people at the department’s Office for Civil Rights and will help enforce the federal gender-equity law.

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Following Plagiarism Reports, Trump Aide Bows Out of White House Post

Two news organizations discovered evidence that Monica Crowley had plagiarized parts of a book as well as passages from her doctoral dissertation at Columbia University.

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Idaho State Settles Sex-Harassment Suit for $170,000

An employee who worked for the university's Museum of Natural History said she'd been assaulted by her boss and then punished by the institution after she complained.


Graduate Students

A New Panel Tackles a Familiar Challenge: How to Make the Ph.D. Serve a Broader Need

Graduate programs in the sciences serve faculty members, universities, and research agencies very well, says the leader of a committee convened by the National Academies. But too often, students and employers don’t come out ahead.



The Need for More M.D.-Ph.D. Hybrids, and What Colleges Are Doing About It

Physician-scientists are uniquely adept at translating basic discoveries into cures. But graduate programs aren't producing many such scholars.



The Fine Art of Sniffing Out Crappy Science

Two professors at the University of Washington want to teach students how to survive the avalanche of false or misleading data shaken loose by shifts in media, technology, and politics.



Blue Bubble in a Red State

Like many flagships, the University of Kansas is a liberal enclave, separated from many of the communities it was created to serve. What responsibility do those campuses have to make the bubble more porous?



One Professor Looks to Lead as a Way to Push Change

Through a University of Georgia program, Sheneka Williams hopes to enter higher-education administration.