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Admissions

At One Final Hearing, Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions Squared Off. Here’s What Happened.

By Eric Hoover
 


Both sides in a closely watched legal battle over race-conscious admissions made closing arguments in federal court on Wednesday. The judge heard allegations of discrimination — and several Orwell references.


 



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Faculty

‘Begging to Have Their Stories Told’: San Diego State Professors Create Living Archive of Migrants’ Letters From Detention

By Emma Pettit
 


Last summer, scholars wrote letters to people who had been detained by immigration agents at the local prison. Detainees wrote back. PREMIUM


Finance

Inside Wright State’s 6-Year Journey Into Financial Trouble

By Dan Bauman
 


It will take the Ohio university 20 years to return to the fiscal strength it held earlier in the decade. What went wrong? The answer is a mix of spending and scandal. PREMIUM


In the Classroom

Is Political Bias in Grading a Myth?

By Steven Johnson
 


A lecturer’s online discussion raises questions about the presence of partisan ideology in grading. PREMIUM


From the Archives

U. of Nebraska Wondered Whether Conservative Students Were Being Silenced. Here’s What It Found Out.

By Steve Kolowich
 


The university system commissioned a Gallup survey after a liberal graduate student berated a conservative undergrad. Among other things, Gallup found that some students — and faculty members — were anxious about speaking their minds.


Students

Nearly Half of Undergraduates Are Now Students of Color. But Black Students Lag Behind.

By Sarah Brown
 


A new report on race and ethnicity from the American Council on Education finds gaps in achievement and borrowing for black students particularly alarming.




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Colleges Say More Teaching Is Better. They’re Wrong.

By Aaron Hanlon
 


Reduced teaching loads are not moving scholars away from the classroom — they’re allowing scholars to be better teachers.


 



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The Great Disappearing Teaching Load

By John T. McGreevy
 


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