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Past articles by Abbi:

A University Declared Financial Exigency and Laid Off 67 Professors. This Couple Was Among Them.

Henderson State University leaders say they made tough choices to balance the budget. But that had a human cost. → Read More

Grad Students Suspend Their Strike at Indiana U. But the Fight’s Not Over.

The monthlong walkout drew strong support from the faculty, but university leaders remain opposed. The students plan to resume labor action, with greater force, this fall. → Read More

Its Finances Dire, This Arkansas University Will Lay Off 44 Tenured Faculty Members

Administrators at Henderson State also plan to cut 25 degree programs following a declaration of financial exigency. → Read More

Native American Students Can Now Attend U. of California Tuition-Free

The university system will waive many costs for in-state students from federally recognized tribes — and a new scholarship announced on Wednesday will cover other Native students. → Read More

At This College, the President Will Now Approve Speakers

After a professor came to campus and expressed views that many saw as racist, officials at Saint Vincent College have announced a stricter policy for sponsored events. → Read More

A University Asked Professors to Help Quash a Grad-Student Strike. Hundreds Have Refused.

Indiana University’s graduate students will refuse to teach their classes starting on Wednesday. → Read More

Why Search Committees Struggle to Diversify the Faculty

A new study examines how human biases and institutional barriers affect the groups responsible for finding diverse candidates for faculty positions. → Read More

Why a Faculty Union at Howard U. Called Off Its Strike

After a years-long standoff over pay and working conditions, the historically Black university reached a deal with a union representing adjunct and non-tenure-track instructors. → Read More

What’s in a Name? An Enrollment Increase, When a College Becomes a University

A new study finds a competitive advantage for institutions that make the jump. → Read More

‘Divisive Concepts’ Ban Targets Tennessee’s Public Colleges

The state legislature could soon allow students and staff members to sue the institutions if they feel forced to agree with such concepts. → Read More

A National Campus-Climate Survey and Other Higher-Ed Tidbits in Spending Bill

More than 200 congressional earmarks, and hundreds of millions of dollars, went to colleges. → Read More

Amazon’s Employees Can Go to College, Free. What’s in It for Higher Ed?

While the jury is still out on tuition benefits, they are increasingly popular offerings for major corporations, and many colleges too. → Read More

‘Dangerous Ground’: Republican Lawmakers Target Gender Studies at U. of Wyoming

A measure to defund gender and women’s studies at the university has stoked faculty fears about how far legislators will go to stop public colleges from teaching courses they don’t like. → Read More

A Snapshot of Pandemic Life for Adjunct Faculty Members

In one of the first pandemic-era studies of contingent and adjunct professors, the American Federation of Teachers shows how Covid-19 exacerbated their struggles. → Read More

As Covid Cases Fall, Colleges Are Relaxing Restrictions. But Experts Urge Caution.

The Omicron surge is waning, yet public-health officials say colleges should be careful and intentional about altering their policies. → Read More

Colleges Send Mistaken Acceptances Every Year. Why Does This Keep Happening?

In the last month, two universities have mistakenly given prospective students news that was too good to be true. → Read More

Why a Rural-Serving College May Look Different Than You Think

The designation is more complicated than simply charting geographic coordinates. A new report takes a stab at determining which institutions fit the bill. → Read More

Local group works to bring awareness to unsolved cases in Arkansas, Oklahoma

Remembering Every Victim and Person is working to provide closure and resources to the families of victims of unsolved homicide and missing person cases in Arkansas and Oklahoma. → Read More

This Professor Was Suspended for Calling His Students ‘Vectors of Disease.’ Now He’s Suing.

Ferris State University placed Barry Mehler on administrative leave this month after the videotaped incident, which the institution’s president said had left him “shocked and appalled.” → Read More

Small in size, big in heart: Fort Smith’s Little Theatre celebrates 75th anniversary

For 75 years the community and volunteers have helped make Fort Smith's Little Theatre possible. → Read More