Leadership & Governance

Video: How One Institution Went From a Vocational School to a University

The United States needs more-inclusive campuses, where students can complete one credential and move on to the next, says Matthew S. Holland, president of Utah Valley University, which now offers several master’s programs but isn’t embarrassed by its vocational ethos.




How Skin-Deep Judgments of Professors Might Influence Student Success

A scholar at UNLV has been examining whether students actually might learn more if their instructor is attractive. For those hoping that brains are all that counts in academe, the picture he paints isn’t pretty.



Economists Offer Unconventional Wisdom on Student-Loan ‘Crisis’

Two new books seek to add nuance to the public debate about student debt. But can their evidence sway an audience steeped in anecdotes about struggling graduates?



The Worst Roommate Horror Stories, From Those Charged With Playing Peacemaker

We asked residence-life officials to share outstanding tales of bad blood between college roommates. They did not disappoint.

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U. of Michigan Denounces Racist Fliers in Campus Buildings

A statement released Monday afternoon said the fliers "espouse a racist point of view" that is “inconsistent with the university’s values of respect, civility, and equality.”

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Iowa State President Grounds Himself After Reports of Damaged Airplane

The university aircraft required $12,000 in repairs after a rough landing last year by Steven Leath.


A University Draws Fire for Its Communications to Students About Suicidal Thoughts

Northern Michigan University has stopped warning students that they could be punished if they discuss fears of self-harm with peers. Free-speech advocates say the university hasn’t gone far enough.

Admissions & Student Aid

How 3 Words Roiled an Education Conference

NACAC’s departing president says he didn’t understand why the phrase “all lives matter” might cause offense.

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Community College Disciplined Instructor After Student Handed Out Pro-Union Pens

The college said the instructor had pressured the student to distribute pens bearing the faculty union's label. The faculty member denies the allegation.



2008: Hard Times on Many Campuses

The Great Recession forced hundreds of colleges to scramble for cash to pay their bills.



What I'm Reading: "Laudato Si’"

The pope’s encyclical on the environment reinforces the need for liberally educated citizens, a university president says.



What You Need to Know About the Past Seven Days

A community college in Tulsa, Okla., mourns a would-be student. DeVry Education Group pledges to trim its reliance on federal aid, and MOOCs take the form of "micro-masters" programs.



Obama’s Legacy: An Unlikely Hawk on Higher Ed

Behind the "Professor President," advisers executed an accountability agenda driven by economic worry and national skepticism about the value of college.



UCLA’s New Medical Dean Works on Equity Issues

Kelsey Martin, who became interested in medicine while in the Peace Corps, says she wants to foster open discussion and fair treatment.

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U. of North Dakota’s President Denounces Racist Snapchat Posts

Mark R. Kennedy said he was "appalled" by the images, and pledged to improve diversity education at the university.

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U. of Mississippi Students Stage Sit-In Over Racist Social-Media Post

The protesters said the university's response to the online provocation had been inadequate.



At Tennessee, Women’s Fears Go Beyond Campus Sex Assault

The flagship university warns students about a higher incidence at the start of the semester, but they’re already preoccupied with other dangers.



Election Casts Spotlight on an Unusual For-Profit With Global Ambitions

In the news lately over its ties to the Clinton family, Laureate Education seems to be reaping the benefits of a substantially different business model.



Sports Programs Draw Up a New Playbook for Student Activism

Few college athletes have emulated Colin Kaepernick’s national-anthem demonstrations. Athletic directors say it’s because they’re doing a better job of listening to players.

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Education Dept. Revokes Recognition of Embattled Accreditor of For-Profit Colleges

The decision was not unexpected and does not represent the end of the road for the accreditor, which plans to appeal the ruling to the secretary of education.

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U. of Kansas Chancellor Will Step Down Next Year

Bernadette Gray-Little said it was the right time to leave as the university is wrapping up several initiatives.