Faculty Lounge

Collegial Collusion

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The Chronicle of Higher Education reported yesterday that the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has decided to cancel an online Ph.D. program for community college administrators because it competes with Morgan State University, a historically black institution which offers a similar Ph.D. program.

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National Security Takes a Hit

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A little less than a year after an academic and other groups wrote the Secretaries of State, Homeland Security and Justice demanding that the Obama Administration end President Bush’s “practice of ‘ideological exclusion’” in its visa policy, it seems that two Muslim academics previously barred entry could soon be making their way to American soil with visas in hand.

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Penn State Climategate Updates

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Professor Michael Mann is under investigation by his employer, Penn State University, for his role in the Climategate emails. Since the 60-day investigation began in November more details should be available by the end of January, say University officials.

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Poetic Naiveté

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At a recent MLA panel, one academic criticized how, he argues, poets have abandoned their usual “skepticism” about political speech when it comes to President Barack Obama’s “eloquence.”

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