Academic Leadership

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Former University of Colorado system President Alexander E. “Sandy” Bracken has been appointed the Quigg and Virginia S. Newton Endowed Chair in Leadership at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He succeeds former CU President Hank Brown, who held the chair from 2008 to 2010. Bracken served as the 19th president of the University of Colorado in 2000 and most recently served as executive director of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado- Denver’s School of business from 2001 to 2007.

U of Northern Iowa Plans To Close Price Lab School July 1

Malcolm Price Laboratory School, a cornerstone of University of Northern Iowa’s teacher education program for more than 50 years, will close July 1, school officials said.

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US College Grads Get Older, Shift Workplace Trends

Americans 60 or older are more likely than ever to have college degrees, helping redefine work and retirement as educated baby boomers swell the senior population at rates faster than young adults earn diplomas.

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Keeping Students on Board

Implementing a research and development approach

Student retention is a big problem that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. About one-third of college students fail to obtain a degree six years after taking their first college course, and the United States is no longer in the top 10 list of countries with the highest graduation rates, according to the College Board. The drop-out rate affects long-term economic prosperity nationwide. This is particularly true in an age where knowledge, creativity, and innovation are key drivers in a globalized economy.

UT-Austin Unveils Plan to Boost Graduation Rates

UT-Austin President Bill Powers issued a campus-wide email this afternoon acknowledging his receipt of the task force’s recommendations to boost the school's four-year graduation rate to 70 percent by 2016.

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Chancellor: Dickinson State Woes Not Widespread

The chancellor of North Dakota's university system says Dickinson State University's practice of giving degrees to foreign students who didn't earn them is not widespread.

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Claremont McKenna Not Alone in Admissions Mischief: Jane S. Shaw (Opinion)

The news that Claremont McKenna College submitted false SAT scores for incoming freshmen to U.S. News & World Report (and other outlets, including the Department of Education) is causing a ripple of shock throughout higher education.

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Gaming the College Rankings

Any love-hate relationship must have its share of pain, so the academic world, in its obsession with college rankings, is suitably dismayed by news that an elite college, Claremont McKenna, fudged its numbers in an apparent bid to climb the charts.

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Are College Students Learning? (Opinion)

The open secret in American higher education is that most institutions are unable to measure the quality of their instruction.

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UMass Teacher Program In Trouble After State Review

The teacher certification program at UMass Dartmouth is in serious jeopardy after a licensure review by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education flunked the program following a three-day site visit late last year.

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