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Paul Basken


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Past articles by Paul:

US states restricting LGBTQ rights face exodus of students

As states weigh hundreds of calls to cut gender-related rights, institutions are predicted to face relocations even more extensive than those tied to abortion → Read More

Battle over partisan new Chapel Hill school goes to Congress

Republicans complain after accrediting agency questions wisdom of creating new refuge at North Carolina flagship designed to amplify conservative voices → Read More

Leading US universities settle Covid online teaching lawsuits

Multiple universities pay multimillion-dollar settlements over spring 2020 tuition, as they reach deadline to finish spending federal pandemic relief aid → Read More

University of Texas puts block on new diversity policies

State system’s regents comply with Republican governor’s edict as Florida students protest similar moves by DeSantis → Read More

Canada tackles ‘chronic’ visa issues for conference attendees

Processing delays affecting guests from Global South put future of major academic events in country at risk → Read More

Market declines shrink North American university endowments

Market declines hit smallest portfolios hardest, while Harvard and Texas remain out in front → Read More

Linda Mills named NYU's first female president

Domestic violence expert and film director becomes latest in line of women heading major US institutions → Read More

NIH ban on hyperlinks in grant bids fails to click with scholars

US’ leading basic research funder says links in grant applications compromise security and fairness, but scientists call the ban antiquated → Read More

US tests new school-university partnerships

Colleges hope that disadvantaged students might do better if their school counselors are given a chance to come along with them → Read More

President ejected as Alberta politics grows more threatening

Conservative government removes Athabasca University leadership, leaving province’s academics fearing wider interference and nation exposed on online options → Read More

New African American studies course sparks controversy in US

College Board promises essential new student exposure to black history, while battling accusations it allowed key politically motivated omissions → Read More

Most business school research ‘lacks real-world relevance’

Survey portrays field as especially dangerous case of obsession with journal metrics, although chief accreditor promises aggressive bid on societal awareness → Read More

US failing to crack down on student aid fraud, audit finds

Trump administration found by congressional watchdog to have largely abandoned investigative office, while Biden team pressed to fix things quicker → Read More

SUNY, led by former education secretary, eyes newfound respect

Returning home to New York, John King envisions a future of top rankings on faculty, employment and equity – while promising his own tactical recalibration → Read More

California reaches tentative deal with striking graduate staff

Agreement on pay hikes and better benefits for graduate student instructors would end biggest-ever job action in US higher education, although many workers dissent → Read More

Harvard names Claudine Gay as first black president

Daughter of Haitian immigrants and social scientist serving as dean of arts and sciences promises to bring new commitment to interdisciplinary achievement → Read More

How Cal State bucked the trend and reduced social inequalities

Outgoing president of LA campus ties success to institution’s longstanding diverse culture, even as he leaves under accusations of failing to protect it → Read More

SUNY hires former US education secretary John King as chancellor

Nation’s largest higher education system gets its first black and Puerto Rican chancellor, in the hope of translating size into prominence and equity, while also stemming demographic declines → Read More

US universities promise more clarity on student aid offers

As tuition discounting hits record rates, nation’s higher education leaders feel need to end confusion over their net prices before lawmakers try to do it → Read More

University of California faculty join teaching assistant strike

Biggest-ever job action in US higher education reaches third week with hundreds of California professors promising to observe picket lines, and system suggesting it may halt their pay → Read More