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Their Research Is in the Toilet

Chronicle of Higher Education - 7 hours 13 min ago
A pair of librarians ponder the meaning of the bathrooms in their midst.
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Subdued Reception for Controversial Scholar Shows Just How Fluky Free-Speech Flashpoints Can Be

Chronicle of Higher Education - 7 hours 13 min ago
Charles Murray’s talk three weeks ago at Middlebury College resulted in violence and roiled higher ed. What does it say that the reaction hasn’t reoccurred?
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Spanier Trial Closes With Appeal to Moral Outrage

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2017 - 8:30pm
Prosecutors argued that the former Penn State chief might have spared some of Jerry Sandusky’s sexual-abuse victims, but instead conspired to preserve the university’s reputation.
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A Public University Mends Fences With Its State

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2017 - 9:26am
The University of Wisconsin at Madison has endured several years of budget cuts and a stronger hand by the state government in its policies. Chancellor Rebecca Blank discusses winning back some funds, repairing dings to its reputation, and navigating the Trump administration.  
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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Attacks Texas A&M Election as 'Stolen'

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2017 - 2:55am
In an extraordinary op-ed for the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor said a student-government election at his alma mater had "made a mockery of due process and transparency."
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In Early Moves, Education Department Erodes Some Student Protections

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2017 - 2:55am
While Betsy DeVos’s department hasn’t laid out specific policy goals on higher education, a pair of early moves — and charges of conflicts of interest — indicate a possible pattern.
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Remorseful, Spanier’s Lieutenants Say They Failed Children

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2017 - 2:55am
Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, both high-ranking former administrators at Penn State, were confronted in court with the fact that Jerry Sandusky kept abusing boys after they decided not to report that the coach was seen showering with a child.
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In the Trump Era, Even Commencement Politics Are More Charged

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 23, 2017 - 2:28am
President Trump will give the keynote at Liberty University’s commencement this year, and Vice President Pence will speak at the University of Notre Dame. Students at both institutions have voiced opposition.
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Trump Will Deliver Keynote Address at Liberty U. Commencement

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 22, 2017 - 9:28am
The university's president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has been a strong supporter of the U.S. president, to the dismay of some students.
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Trump’s Actions on Immigration Bring Uncertainty to English-Language Learners

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 22, 2017 - 2:55am
Programs that teach English as a second language are seeing enrollments fluctuate because of immigrant students’ rising anxieties.
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Gender Pay Gap Persists Across Faculty Ranks

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 22, 2017 - 2:55am
Although women’s salaries have grown at a slightly higher rate than men’s, the latest figures show that academe still hasn’t remedied a perpetual problem.
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Spanier Trial Opens With Former Penn State President Facing Charges With Few Precedents

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 22, 2017 - 2:55am
Testimony in a Pennsylvania courtroom, while familiar, was for the first time squarely aimed at the university’s former chief.
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Here's Where Charles Murray, Whose Presence Inflamed Middlebury, Is Speaking Next

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2017 - 9:47am
The controversial sociologist has visits booked at Duke University, Columbia University, New York University, the University of Notre Dame, and Villanova University.
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Meet the Professor Who Looks Up ‘Top Chef’ Spoilers — and Studies Them

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2017 - 2:55am
A professor at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has examined whether spoilers enhance or diminish readers’ or viewers’ enjoyment. Spoiler alert: The research is inconclusive.
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In the Age of Trump, Scientists See Reproducibility as Risky Business

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2017 - 2:55am
Attempts to replicate high-profile scientific studies can be a valuable way to hold scholarly feet to the fire. But some scientists worry that those efforts could be exploited by skeptical lawmakers.
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U. of Texas at El Paso Watches Warily as Trump’s Budget Threatens Its Needy Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 21, 2017 - 2:55am
The main obstacle is not the 30-foot-tall wall that the president wants to build on the Mexican border. It’s his plan to scale back a host of programs that help the university’s impoverished enrollment.
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Former For-Profit Lobbyist Quits Job at Education Dept.

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 20, 2017 - 1:25pm
Taylor Hansen left his new post just days after the Trump administration reversed a regulation that limited fees charged by student-loan-guarantee agencies.
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In Spanier Case, College Leadership Goes on Trial

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 20, 2017 - 2:55am
The prosecution of Penn State’s former president, charged with covering up Jerry Sandusky’s abuse, will scrutinize administrative decision-making and feed on a growing culture of accountability.
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The Clock May Be Ticking on Graduate Unions

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 20, 2017 - 2:55am
Under President Trump, the National Labor Relations Board could soon take a dimmer view of Ph.D. students’ bids to unionize. Some say colleges are using litigation as a stall tactic.
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In a Polarized Climate, Free-Speech Warriors Seize the Spotlight

Chronicle of Higher Education - March 19, 2017 - 5:00pm
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a champion of First Amendment rights, has gained new prominence as campus controversies spread. Yet FIRE has also found itself in the cross hairs of increasingly fraught debates.
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