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84 Staff Positions Cut at Howard University

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Posted by    Monday, April 6, 2015 at 2:00pm

File this story under higher ed bubble.

Nick Anderson reports at the Washington Post.

Howard University cuts 84 staff positions

Howard University cut 84 staff positions this week, an action the university said was “necessary to ensure long-term financial stability.”

It marked the third straight year Howard has announced reductions in its workforce. The latest...

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Prof. Accused of Offering to Pass Student for Sex

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Posted by    Monday, April 6, 2015 at 12:30pm

So, this replaces studying?

Campus Reform reports.

Prof. accused of offering failing student passing grade for sex

Extracurricular activities just aren’t what they used to be.

Prairie View A&M University Professor J.D. Oliver, who allegedly tried to have sex with a failing student in a hotel, is now embroiled in a pair of lawsuits and...

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Campus Sexual Assault Survey Causes Concern at Some Colleges

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Posted by    Monday, April 6, 2015 at 11:00am

Some people think the survey was rushed out. Kind of like another federal program involving healthcare.

University Herald reports.

Major US Colleges Distribute Campus Sexual Assault Survey Amid Conflict of Interest Concerns

A group of major U.S. colleges and universities rolled out a survey to gauge how they are responding to students’ complaints of...

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Virginia Students Locked Out of Tuition Hike Meeting

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Posted by    Monday, April 6, 2015 at 9:30am

Tuition increases again.

Campus Reform reports.

Students surprised with monumental tuition hike while locked out of tuition meeting

As the University of Virginia announced a plan to increase tuition by 11 percent—one of the highest increases in the country—the public university locked students out of the library where its board members were meeting...

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Rutgers Prof Trashes Religious Conservatives in Column

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Posted by    Monday, April 6, 2015 at 8:00am

Naturally, the column was published by Salon.com.

Tom Johnson of News Busters reported.

Rutgers Professor: Religious Right Worships a Fictional, ‘A**hole’ God of ‘White Supremacy and Patriarchy’

Christianity’s tent is not big enough to accommodate both the supporters of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper, who in a Wednesday piece...

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Faculty Protest Changes at Roxbury Community College

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Posted by    Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 3:30pm

Unfortunately for these professors, protests can’t change the bottom line. The school is struggling financially.

Ashley A. Smith of Inside Higher Ed reports.

Change and Protest

Financial troubles have plagued Roxbury Community College in Boston for years. Now faculty unrest appears to be on the rise.
Faculty and staff at the small two-year college protested...

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Profs: Acknowledging Your Male Privilege Not Good Enough

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Posted by    Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 12:30pm

When it comes to appeasing the left, it’s never enough.

Nathan Rubbelke of the College Fix reports.

Professors: Acknowledging your ‘male privilege’ not good enough; fight against it

Panelists delve into ‘how male privilege manifests itself to the detriment of others’

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A panel of scholars, students and community educators recently came...

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Penn College Senior Lives in Forest Hut Near Campus

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Posted by    Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 11:00am

Forget the dorms! Live in a forest hut.

ABC News reports.

Pennsylvania College Senior Lives in Forest Hut Outside Campus

A college senior from Juniata College in Pennsylvania has been garnering lots of attention for choosing to live in a self-made hut for the past seven months in the woods about a mile...

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Buffalo State Student Government Reverses Freeze of Newspaper’s Funding

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Posted by    Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 9:30am

I guess somebody finally figured out this was a bad idea.

Susan Kruth reports at the FIRE blog.

After Outcry, Buffalo State Student Government Quickly Reverses Freeze of Newspaper’s Funding

Wednesday was April Fool’s Day, and college newspapers across the country aimed to bring some humor to their articles this week. However, not all...

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Over 50 And Back At College

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Posted by    Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 8:00am

Just like Roger Dangerfield going Back to School.

Over 50 and back in college, preparing for a new career

A month before turning 60, Helen White received her master’s degree in sport management at George Washington University and now teaches basketball and pickleball and organizes recreational programs and tournaments for older adults throughout...

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Duke Student Fesses Up to Hanging Noose on Campus

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Posted by    Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 5:00pm

Reportedly, the student responsible for hanging a noose on Duke’s campus has admitted to doing so.

Steve Almasy reports for CNN:

Duke University: Student takes responsibility for noose found hanging on campus

A Duke student has admitted to hanging a noose made of rope from a tree near a student union, university officials...

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Student Government Yanks Paper’s Funding Over April Fools’ Edition

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Posted by    Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 3:30pm

No more fun of any kind!

Greg Piper of the College Fix reported.

Student government censors paper, yanks funding because of April Fools’ edition

The most dangerous time to work at a student newspaper is April 2.

That’s when negative reactions to the April Fools’ edition come down hard on the newspaper staff – and...

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Auburn University Publishes 370,000 Current and Former Students’ Data on Website

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Posted by    Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2:00pm

A data security issue at Auburn University reportedly caused the online publishing of 370,000 individual’s personal information.

Erin Edgemon reports for Al.com:

370,000 current, former Auburn students had personal data exposed on website, university says

Auburn University is investigating a data security incident that could have exposed the personal information of about 370,000 current,...

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American Students Travel to Germany for Free College

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Posted by    Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 12:30pm

Traveling to Europe can be a little pricey but hey, free college.

Marketplace reports.

American students head to Germany for free college

Despite the high cost of college in this country, most American students will choose to go to school here. But a growing number of students are getting their degrees in other countries,...

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Former Stanford Student Facing Charges of Poisoning Classmates

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Posted by    Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00am

Talk about cutthroat.

SFGate reports.

Former Stanford grad student accused of poisoning classmates

A former graduate student at Stanford University is facing four felony charges of attempting to poison her classmates by secretly dumping a chemical into their water bottles, according to court documents.

Starting in September, medical students working in a lab at the...

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Barnard Students Demand ‘More Diverse’ First Year Requirements

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Posted by    Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9:30am

Does anyone else find it funny when college students demand requirements for themselves and others?

Dave Huber of the College Fix reports.

Barnard students want ‘more diverse’ first-year requirements

A group of some 220 students at Barnard College want the school to require a “more diverse and critical first-year curriculum.”

The petitioners, led by senior...

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Stanford Will Give Free Tuition to Families Making less than $125,000

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Posted by    Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:00am

Financial aid at Stanford just got more generous.

CNN reports.

Stanford offers free tuition for families making less than $125,000

Last week, 2,144 teenagers got the news they’d long dreamed of: they got accepted to Stanford University.

The cherry on top is that Stanford also announced it was expanding financial aid. The university said that...

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This University Is Losing a Dollar a Second

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Posted by    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 6:30pm

Probably not the best way to spend money…

Forbes reports:

Losing at a Dollar a Second: Rutgers University

Of all the schools that have tried to use intercollegiate athletics to advance the university’s name recognition and mission, none have done so more vigorously and expensively than Rutgers University. At last report, the school’s spending...

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Why Colleges Have Become Insufferable

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Posted by    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 5:00pm

The Washington Free Beacon has put together an amazing video which reviews some of the most ridiculous controversies on college campuses over the last few years.

Take a look.

Why College Campuses Have Become Insufferable, In Two Minutes

Remember when college and graduate school campuses were supposed bastions for freedom of thought?

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Medieval Graveyard Beneath Cambridge University Discovered

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Posted by    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 3:30pm

It’s not every day a medieval graveyard containing hundreds of skeletons is found buried beneath a university.

NBC News Reports:

Hundreds of Medieval Skeletons Found Under Cambridge University

Hundreds of skeletons from a medieval graveyard have been discovered beneath Cambridge University in England.

Archaeologists got a rare chance to excavate one of the largest medieval...

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Matthew McConaughey to Get $135,000 for Commencement Speech at University of Houston

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Posted by    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 2:00pm

Who does this guy think he is, Hillary Clinton?

Jake New of Inside Higher Ed reports.

$135,000 for Commencement Speech?

After first trying to keep the deal a secret, the University of Houston admitted this week that it is paying Matthew McConaughey $135,000 — plus travel and a fee...

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95% Rejection Rates at Some Ivy League Colleges This Year

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Posted by    Friday, April 3, 2015 at 12:30pm

The odds are getting harder.

Bloomberg reports.

Harvard, Stanford Reject 95 Percent of Applicants This Year

Ivy League colleges once again disappointed tens of thousands of teenagers as they accepted a lower percentage than ever — even as they encouraged more to apply.

Harvard University accepted a record-low 5.3 percent of hopefuls after attracting 37,307...

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