Academic Leadership

Benedictine University Eyes Mesa Site

A Catholic university is setting up shop in downtown Mesa.

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Wayne State Combining Theater, Dance Departments

Wayne State University's Board of Governors has voted to combine the dance and theater departments, effective this month.

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Joining Trend, College Grows Beyond Name

After a century firmly anchored in Boston, Northeastern University is branching out — becoming Southeastern, Northwestern and perhaps Western and Midwestern as well.

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MIT’s New Learning Platform Points To Future Of Higher Ed (Opinion)

As tuitions rise, family incomes stagnate, and the needs of students evolve, there’s no reason to think the American university of the future will look just like the current version.

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People Watch

  • A. Clayton Spencer, vice president for policy at Harvard, has been named the eighth president of Bates College (Maine), effective July 1. Before spending the past 15 years at Harvard, Spencer served as chief education counsel in the U.S. Senate, working under Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She will succeed Nancy J. Cable, interim president since July 1, 2011.
  • As of October, Kristin Rowe is assistant provost for advisement at Berkeley College.

University Of Utah Charts New Course For Struggling Middle East Center

The University of Utah is restructuring its once-prestigious Middle East Center (MEC) rather than pulling the plug on what has become a source of campus tension and embarrassment.

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Nova Southeastern Creates Nursing School

The new year will bring a new academic college to Nova Southeastern University in Davie, as the school is separating its fast-growing nursing program into its own College of Nursing.

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After Yearlong Competition, Mayor Is Said to Pick Cornell for Science School

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce on Monday that he has chosen Cornell University to create a new science graduate school on Roosevelt Island, capping an intense yearlong competition in his ambitious bid to spur a boom in New York City’s high-tech sector.

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M.I.T. Expands Its Free Online Courses

While students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pay thousands of dollars for courses, the university will announce a new program on Monday allowing anyone anywhere to take M.I.T. courses online free of charge — and for the first time earn official certificates for demonstrating mastery of the subjects taught.

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