Category Archives: colleges and universities

An essential case study in academic leadership

The Chronicle of Higher Education examine the tenure of Lou Anna Simon as Michigan State’s president. There were significant accomplishments under her leadership, and there was tremendous failure. The story is valuable for anyone inside or outside higher education. People … Continue reading

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After Texas-Tyler dumped these Nepali students, a host of other universities showed what it means to lead

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the story. Sushil K. Acharya read The Chronicle’s article about the revoked scholarships. “This is horrible,” he wrote in an email. A Nepali himself, he had helped raise money to support recovery efforts after … Continue reading

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Say what? University of Texas-Tyler rescinds 50 full-ride scholarships to Nepalese students

Imagine learning that you had been awarded a full-ride college scholarship. Now imagine an official from that university MONTHS LATER gets in touch with you to inform you that the offer has been pulled. More than four-dozen students from Nepal … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Radical changes possible to PA’s 14-school public university system

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that major changes could be coming to Pennsylvania’s 14 state-run universities. The study’s authors on Wednesday provided five options to right the struggling 102,000-student system, the first of them as modest as keeping the current State … Continue reading

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What? Hire adjuncts…but don’t pay them?

Southern Illinois University has a PR nightmare on its hands. Its leaders will need to explain why it is promoting an idea that seems unjustifiable: Hire recently minted Ph.D’s for specific assignments but offer them no money. You read that … Continue reading

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Uh, oh: Journalism censorship at one U.S. university?

You decide after reading this story from the Seattle Times. The editors of the university’s student newspaper The Spectator say it’s a good photo, one that they don’t regret putting on the cover of last week’s edition. That puts them … Continue reading

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Which is more appropriate for America’s elite public universities? Seek first the enroll the best from within the state, or seek first to enroll the best from around the country?

Let’s not kid ourselves: America’s colleges and universities are non-profits on paper, but they operate like for-profit companies. Their challenges are immense: Recruit faculty, and then keep those teachers and scholars; maintain positive relations with governments; secure outside funding options, … Continue reading

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