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Columbia Falls Hard Amid 'Shoddy' Rankings Controversy

Ivy League school drops from No. 2 to No. 18 on 'US News' list that critics say is easily manipulated

(Newser) - US News & World Report's annual college rankings dropped on Monday, and one university in particular dropped significantly: New York City's Columbia, which fell from the No. 2 spot it held last year to No. 18—back to a spot it hadn't seen in more than 30...

Here Are the Best, Worst Colleges for Free Speech

Per Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, 3 Ivy League schools are in bottom 10

(Newser) - Students usually head off to college excited to open their minds, on campuses where academic freedom is said to be valued and the exchange of ideas paramount. However, per Greg Lukianoff, CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, free speech "has gotten far worse in the last...

Biden to Grads at Alma Mater: 'No Time to Be on the Sidelines'

President gave commencement speech to Class of '22 at University of Delaware on Saturday

(Newser) - President Joe Biden told graduates Saturday at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, that "now it's your hour," as he encouraged young people in the United States to help the country live up to its ideals. Speaking to more than 6,000 graduates, and with the...

UCLA Advertises Teaching Job With $0 Salary

It sought candidates with PhDs and extensive experience

(Newser) - In what academics say is just one example of a much bigger problem, UCLA recently advertised an assistant adjunct professor position that required extensive qualifications in return for a salary of nothing. "Applicants must understand there will be no compensation for this position," said the ad on an...

Before Her Plunge, a Text: 'Something Just Happened'
'Something Just Happened'
Was Final Text. Then She Fell
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'Something Just Happened' Was Final Text. Then She Fell

Death of Penn State sophomore Justine Gross ruled accidental

(Newser) - Update: Police have ruled out foul play in the death of a Penn State sophomore who fell to her death down an 11-story garbage chute in her off-campus apartment building. Justine Gross' death has been ruled accidental and the case has been closed, the Centre Daily Times reports. Autopsy results...

FBI Says HBCU Threat Investigation Is of the 'Highest Priority'

Source says agency has identified six 'tech savvy' juveniles as persons of interest

(Newser) - The FBI says its Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating bomb threats to historically Black colleges and universities as hate crimes—and the matter is of the highest priority. Almost 20 institutions across the country received threats Monday and Tuesday, causing some to lock down their campus. A law enforcement...

College Enrollment Drop Into 2020 Wasn't a Blip

Numbers kept falling in 2021 and researchers are very concerned

(Newser) - When enrollment at college and universities dropped sharply in 2020, officials hoped it was a one-year blip caused by the pandemic. Instead, numbers are still dropping and analysts fear a wider shift away from higher education could be underway. According to data released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse, undergraduate...

Harvard Extends Big Pandemic Change for 4 More Years

Candidates won't be required to send in their SAT, ACT scores until at least 2026

(Newser) - It was a change brought about by the pandemic, and one that Harvard University now plans on continuing for at least four more years—and maybe even for good. The New York Times reports the Ivy League school has decided to go the test-optional route, not requiring SAT and ACT...

Dixie State University Gets a Controversial Name Change

Utah Legislature votes for change to Utah Tech University

(Newser) - Update: Dixie State University will likely soon be called Utah Tech University. The Republican-controlled state legislature in Utah voted to change the name Wednesday, despite local outcry from those who insisted the regional importance of the word "Dixie" is separate from the word's association with slavery, the AP...

Future College Professes to Be a Haven for Free Speech

University of Austin will help students develop their views, organizers say

(Newser) - The University of Austin, its founders say, will soon rise up from a Texas campus in opposition to the censorship they believe to be pervasive at American colleges. Students and faculty will be free to present unpopular perspectives, the New York Times reports, starting next summer with Forbidden Courses—an...

Billionaire Plays Architect, and a Real Architect Quits
His Dorm Design Is Likened
to 'Psychological Experiment'
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His Dorm Design Is Likened to 'Psychological Experiment'

Billionaire Charlie Munger is paying for a largely windowless dorm on California coast at UCSB

(Newser) - It's good to be the king. Or if you have enough money, it might even be good to be the architect. However, one billionaire's foray into the field is generating all kinds of controversy in California. The unusual tale:
  • The billionaire: Charlie Munger, the 97-year-old right-hand man to
...

Here Are America's 10 Best Colleges
This Is the Best
College in America

This Is the Best College in America

MIT is No. 1, at least according to WalletHub

(Newser) - Deciding where to go to college can be a stressful time for high schoolers. For those who are determined to attend the best of the best, WalletHub tries to ease the burden by sifting through all the pros and cons of more than 1,000 higher-ed institutions. The site looked...

Prof to Teach Class on Drake, the Weeknd: 'It's Time'

Canada's Ryerson University is offering deep-dive course on Toronto-born performers

(Newser) - If you're an undergrad at the Creative School, part of Toronto's Ryerson University, there's a class on Aubrey Drake Graham and Abel Makkonen Tesfaye that may interest you. Don't recognize those names? You likely know them as Drake and the Weeknd, and if you want to...

Top 10 Colleges in US
Top 10 Colleges in US

Top 10 Colleges in US

Harvard is No. 1 in 'Wall Street Journal' ranking, with Michigan the top public school

(Newser) - US News & World Report doesn't have a monopoly on college rankings, and an annual survey by the Wall Street Journal /Times Higher Education is out. Its champion of higher education is Harvard. Again . The Journal acknowledges that the upper echelon of its list is little changed from last...

8 Dead, Dozens Injured After Shooting at Russian University
8 Dead in Russia Mass Shooting 

8 Dead in Russia Mass Shooting

Shooting on Monday at Russia's Perm State University also left dozens injured

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire at a university in Russia on Monday morning, leaving eight people dead and 24 hurt, officials said. The gunman was detained after the shooting at Perm State University, according to the Interior Ministry. There was no immediate information on his identity or possible motive, per the...

At US Colleges, a Big Shift Is Accelerating

'Wall Street Journal:' Women outnumber men on campuses, and the gap is at a record high

(Newser) - One college enrollment consultant calls it "higher education's dirty little secret"—schools have begun going out of their way to beef up the enrollment of male students. The reason is made clear in a story by Douglas Belkin at the Wall Street Journal about the ever-widening gap...

Limbs of College Students, Staff Turn Blue After Apparent Poisoning

Police are trying to figure out how 7 were sickened at Germany's Darmstadt Technical University

(Newser) - Students and staff at a German college had a quite unpleasant dining experience this week, and now local police suspect poisoning. Cops in the state of Hesse say seven students and employees took ill Monday on the Lichtwiese campus of Darmstadt Technical University, reports the Guardian . Police suspect that milk...

With Rising Cases Come Vaccine Mandates
This Week, a 'Turning
Point' on Vaccinations
THE RUNDOWN

This Week, a 'Turning Point' on Vaccinations

As case numbers rise once again, vaccine mandates gain support

(Newser) - The US has reached a turning point in the pandemic, with businesses, state governments, and even a federal government agency now backing mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for employees. How'd we get here?
  • A 'groundswell': "With vaccination rates stagnating and the delta variant driving yet another wave of cases,
...

No More 'Freshmen' or 'Sophomores' at Penn State
No More 'Freshmen' or
'Sophomores' at Penn State
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No More 'Freshmen' or 'Sophomores' at Penn State

Gendered terms will be dropped from course descriptions

(Newser) - Freshmen, underclassmen, and upperclassmen are going to be a thing of the past at Penn State, at least in course descriptions. The Faculty Senate has approved a proposition to remove gendered and binary terms from course and program descriptions as part of a push to use more inclusive language, the...

Rutgers Blazes a New Path With Its COVID Mandate

Students will need to be vaccinated to attend in-person classes this fall

(Newser) - It may be a nationwide first: New Jersey's Rutgers University on Thursday announced that students will need to show proof of vaccination in order to attend in-person classes for the fall 2021 semester. Exemptions may be requested for medical or religious reasons, reports CNN . The Middlesex Daily Voice notes...

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