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After 30 years of service, I was ready to retire when I heard about an opening at a small Christian college in Kentucky, I applied for the position of academic vice president and was hired.
After 30 years of service, I was ready to retire when I heard about an opening at a small Christian college in Kentucky, I applied for the position of academic vice president and was hired.
 
About two years ago, I spoke to a class of UNC-Chapel Hill students about free speech: what it is and why it is important.
About two years ago, I spoke to a class of UNC-Chapel Hill students about free speech: what it is and why it is important.
 
Over the years, qualified immunity has expanded so that it today covers higher education administrators when they violate the constitutional rights of students or faculty members.
Over the years, qualified immunity has expanded so that it today covers higher education administrators when they violate the constitutional rights of students or faculty members.
 
There are several notable differences between the higher education systems in the United States and the United Kingdom.
There are several notable differences between the higher education systems in the United States and the United Kingdom.
 
COVID-19 has revolutionized how we think about online college teaching.
 
I am so grateful for and blessed by my time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
I am so grateful for and blessed by my time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
College athletes’ rights, including their economic rights, have long been denied.
 
Former Harvard president Derek Bok has long lamented that our institutions of higher education largely underperform in their missions.
Former Harvard president Derek Bok has long lamented that our institutions of higher education largely underperform in their missions.
 
Collegiate esports — competitive video gaming — has grown dramatically in recent years.
Collegiate esports — competitive video gaming — has grown dramatically in recent years.
 
In March, the North Carolina legislature appointed five new members to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
In March, the North Carolina legislature appointed five new members to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors.
 
With “cancel culture” running rampant on social media, in politics, and in the classroom, professors who put forth the effort to help students think critically and challenge their beliefs are needed more than ever.
With “cancel culture” running rampant on social media, in politics, and in the classroom, professors who put forth the effort to help students think critically and challenge their beliefs are needed more than ever.
 
Parents will go to all sorts of lengths to give their children a leg up.
 
Students across the country report that they are being left in the dark about their grades.
Students across the country report that they are being left in the dark about their grades.
 
In the past year, the North Carolina Community College system said goodbye to one president and gained another.
 
Boarding schools and charter schools have been “feeder schools” to the Ivy Leagues for decades.
 
Michelle Goldberg complains in the pages of The New York Times about how it is the left wing that is currently a victim of cancel culture — thanks to the right, which is trying to destroy “critical race theory.”
Michelle Goldberg complains in the pages of The New York Times about how it is the left wing that is currently a victim of cancel culture — thanks to the right, which is trying to destroy “critical race theory.”
 
North Carolina State University students need to be taught about how to be “inclusive,” according to the school’s chancellor and top administrators.
North Carolina State University students need to be taught about how to be “inclusive,” according to the school’s chancellor and top administrators.
 
In a new law that will change the direction of higher education in the United Kingdom, the British government is drafting the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, which might require universities to defend free speech and freedom of expression.
In a new law that will change the direction of higher education in the United Kingdom, the British government is drafting the Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill, which might require universities to defend free speech and freedom of expression.
 
Colleges and universities used to proclaim that their mission was to give students a broad education that would expand their intellectual vistas
Colleges and universities used to proclaim that their mission was to give students a broad education that would expand their intellectual vistas
 
My first year at Duke Divinity is, well, not quite what I expected.
 
Last year, advocates of racial preferences in California, where they’d been banned since 1996, attempted to change the law so that state colleges and universities could again give admission advantages to certain groups.
Last year, advocates of racial preferences in California, where they’d been banned since 1996, attempted to change the law so that state colleges and universities could again give admission advantages to certain groups.
 
The University of North Carolina system includes 16 universities, from large campuses with high research activity to small liberal arts institutions.
The University of North Carolina system includes 16 universities, from large campuses with high research activity to small liberal arts institutions.
 
The fight for “equity” in higher education is a story-driven project.
 
Last week, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees came under fire for “viewpoint discrimination” over its decision not to offer tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones
Last week, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees came under fire for “viewpoint discrimination” over its decision not to offer tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones
 
The certification process couldn’t be more different from traditional higher ed.
 
Students have had to make many sacrifices over the past year, be they financial, academic, or personal.
Students have had to make many sacrifices over the past year, be they financial, academic, or personal.
 
As American higher ed prepares for the on-campus experience again, college leaders are encountering a problem: whether they can (or should) mandate th
As American higher ed prepares for the on-campus experience again, college leaders are encountering a problem: whether they can (or should) mandate th
 
The 1960s were a turbulent period for academia, and we are still struggling with the repercussions of that turbulence today.
The 1960s were a turbulent period for academia, and we are still struggling with the repercussions of that turbulence today.
 
The recent hiring of New York Times columnist Nikole Hannah-Jones as a faculty member in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism raises serious red flags about how the university is being run.
The recent hiring of New York Times columnist Nikole Hannah-Jones as a faculty member in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism raises serious red flags about how the university is being run.
 
Diversity training is now in force at many institutions of higher education.
 
UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media recently announced a heralded addition to their faculty.
UNC-Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media recently announced a heralded addition to their faculty.
 
As students’ grades are falling at alarming rates, so too is their mental health.
 
Members of the media and faculty erupted into histrionics at the recent appointment of Darrell Allison to the chancellorship of Fayetteville State University.
Members of the media and faculty erupted into histrionics at the recent appointment of Darrell Allison to the chancellorship of Fayetteville State University.
 
Everything that the UNC system and its constituent institutions do is dependent on a generous inflow of money.
Everything that the UNC system and its constituent institutions do is dependent on a generous inflow of money.
 
Woke” academics have taken to attacking almost everything that’s traditional in our culture.
 
The recent appointment of Darrell Allison to the chancellorship of Fayetteville State University (FSU) has sparked a controversy.
The recent appointment of Darrell Allison to the chancellorship of Fayetteville State University (FSU) has sparked a controversy.
 
An unfolding case at Smith College shows how the obsession with race can blind administrators to facts and lead them to act in ways that harm innocent people.
An unfolding case at Smith College shows how the obsession with race can blind administrators to facts and lead them to act in ways that harm innocent people.
 
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