Bucking the Bad Economy, a Few Universities Plan to Hire Hundreds of Faculty

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Susan Herbt, president of the U. of Connecticut, delivers her first State of the University speech in April. Her plans include hiring nearly 300 new faculty members.
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When Brad R. Simpson visited the University of Connecticut for a job interview in February, he was struck by a vibe that he finds increasingly rare on college campuses.

People, he says, were optimistic. At a time when he encounters many demoralized...

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