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Freedom for American Colleges in China Has Its Limits, Federal Report Says

It says that the colleges emphasize academic freedom, but that some faculty members and students there practice self-censorship.

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National Default Rate on Student Loans Declines for Third Straight Year

It fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent for students who began repayment between the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.

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Mizzou Chancellor Is 'Outraged' After Black Students Report Racist Incident

The episode, in which students say they were verbally assaulted outside a fraternity house, is an echo of those that preceded major protests at the university last fall.

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Chapel Hill Football Player Denies Sexual-Assault Accusation

A fellow student recently went public with her allegation that Allen Artis raped her in February. Mr. Artis, who has been suspended from the team, maintains that the encounter was consensual.

Students

Amid Concerns About Stifling Speech, Colleges Take a New Look at Bias-Response Teams

Bias-response teams have found themselves under a new wave of criticism, but that’s not why some of them are changing.

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Administration

How One University Worked to Get Ahead of the Curve on Title IX

Though the University of Central Missouri wasn’t facing high-profile allegations or a federal investigation, it instituted some novel reforms in how it handles sexual assault.

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Government

Where the College Scorecard Has Gained Traction So Far — and Where It Hasn’t

A year ago, the Education Department released a revamped version of the online tool as a replacement for President Obama’s college-ratings plan. It’s caught on with some college counselors, if not so much with students.

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U. of Wisconsin, Responding to Affordable Care Act, Limits Student Workers' Hours

Some students, speaking to a local newspaper, said the reduction in hours will disturb their studies and force them to find second jobs.

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Chicago State U. Enrolls Just 86 Freshmen This Fall

The struggling institution's undergraduate enrollment has dropped by a third over the past year.

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U. of Tennessee Says No Punishment for Law Professor's 'Run Them Down' Tweet

The professor apologized publicly, saying he didn't mean to offend "people in the law school community."

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Nebraska Athlete Describes Bitter Online Reaction to Kneeling for National Anthem

One of the players who held the silent protest said they didn’t expect the wave of racist comments that ensued.

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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.

 

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Faculty

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.

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Students

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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Government

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?

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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.

Students

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.

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Administration

2008: Hard Times on Many Campuses

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