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Canada Makes It Easier to Repay Student Loans

Students won't have to repay debt until they reach a minimum income level

(Newser) - Canada's about to make it a lot easier for low-earning graduates to repay their college debt, Global News reports. A new plan allows those earning less than CAD $25,000 (USD $18,650) per year to defer payment on government loans until they secure a higher-paying job. Almost 750,... More »

Top College to Freshmen: Don't Expect Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings

University of Chicago letter to students says school supports academic freedom

(Newser) - The controversial concept of "safe spaces" on college campuses—a place where members of a marginalized group can feel secure and able to express themselves—has grabbed the media's attention over the last year, spurred by such high-profile cases as the racial strife at the University of Missouri... More »

Grad Loses Case Against 'Misleading' Law School

Jury votes 9-3 against Anna Alaburda

(Newser) - A split jury Thursday decided the case of Anna Alaburda versus the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and it came down on the side of the school, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Alaburda, 37, sued the nonprofit California school in 2011, claiming it fudged post-graduation employment numbers. She said those... More »

UTexas Students Can Soon Bring Guns to Class

School prez says state law is forcing his hand

(Newser) - At the University of Texas, handguns could soon become commonplace. Once a new state law takes effect on Aug. 1, University President Gregory Fenves says he'll be forced to allow licensed concealed handgun holders 21 and older to bring guns into classrooms. State leaders passed the "campus carry"... More »

Mouse Found Dead in 155-Year-Old Trap

Rodent got caught in Victorian mousetrap on display in museum

(Newser) - When Colin Pullinger & Sons patented its "Perpetual Mouse Trap" in 1861, the company boasted the device would "last a lifetime"—and it wasn't kidding. One of the antiquated models on display at the University of Reading's Museum of English Rural Life ended up trapping... More »

Tiniest of Typos Looms Large on College Billboard

Yep, apostrophes matter, as the University of South Dakota has discovered

(Newser) - A University of South Dakota billboard erected east of Sioux Falls on Interstate 90 boasts that it's the "Best in the Dakota's," adding an apostrophe that shouldn't be there, the Argus Leader reports. The director of the university's marketing department tells the Leader that... More »

University Slammed for Controversial Job Ad

White, Asian candidates appeared to be excluded

(Newser) - The University of Louisville is under fire after advertising an opening for a professor—an "African-American, Hispanic-American, or Native American Indian" professor, to be exact. Inside Higher Ed first highlighted the job ad in an article titled, "Whites, Asians Need Not Apply," and noted that the ad... More »

White Professor Uses N-Word, Gets in Hot Water

But Andrea Quenette says it was part of legitimate conversation

(Newser) - A white professor is on leave and under investigation after using the n-word in class—but she says her actions were part of a legitimate conversation about race, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Andrea Quenette, an assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, says she requested a paid... More »

Freakonomics Author Busts Cheating Kids via Algorithm

Four of the 12 that his algorithm deemed highly suspicious have confessed

(Newser) - When a professor at an anonymous "top American university" recently suspected cheating in a class, no student would admit to it, so he called in a big gun: Freakonomics author and University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt. Levitt and Ming-Jen Lin, of National Taiwan University, devised an algorithm to... More »

Graphic Video Gets Indiana University Frat Suspended

Alpha Tao Omega pledge allegedly seen performing sex act on woman

(Newser) - A fraternity has been suspended from Indiana University after a video circulated online showing a pledge performing oral sex on a woman as other members watch, the Indianapolis Star reports. A university rep cited "credible video evidence" that led to its decision, while the Alpha Tao Omega national office... More »

This Is the World's Top University

Yup, Harvard leads the pack yet again

(Newser) - Harvard University is the best university in the world, according to US News ' ranking of 750 universities around the globe. Harvard, which also topped the Best Global Universities rankings in 2014, kept the top spot despite an additional 250 schools that were evaluated this time around. Not only does... More »

One College Gets Rid of Textbooks for Good

University of Maryland University College trades heavy tomes for online resources

(Newser) - Lugging around big, heavy textbooks you'll get next to nothing back on at the end of the semester has become a thing of the past at one Maryland institution of higher learning. The University of Maryland University College says it's getting rid of textbooks for good this fall,... More »

11-Year-Old With 3 College Degrees: It's No Big Deal

Tanishq Abraham graduated from American River College on Wednesday

(Newser) - Tanishq Abraham dreams of one day becoming a Nobel Prize-winning doctor/medical researcher and the president of the United States. That may not be such a stretch for him, since graduating with three degrees from California's American River College at the age of 11 "isn't much of... More »

Harvard Agrees to Revise Its Sexual Assault Policy

Some Harvard Law profs warn new policy lacks fairness, due process

(Newser) - Harvard Law reached a settlement yesterday with the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights, in which it agreed to update its sexual harassment policy to change how it responds to sexual assault cases. The update, however, is likely to make the law school's approach more similar to the... More »

Why Did We Believe the Jackie Rape Story?

...and other reactions to Rolling Stone's controversial article

(Newser) - With the University of Virginia gang-rape story springing leaks , reactions are rolling in—including a piece on why many people believed the horrific tale of seven frat-house boys committing ritualized rape. The answer: "We found something in that article that struck a chord with us," writes Julia Horowitz,... More »

MIT's Sexual Assault Survey Is Disturbingly Revealing

'Rare' report on attitudes finds distressing amount of victim-blaming

(Newser) - MIT has released the results of a sexual assault and sexual harassment survey that takes a look not only at the stats, but also at the incredibly detailed "experiences and attitudes" that accompany such cases on campus, the New York Times reports. At least 17% of undergrad women and... More »

'Rape Factory' Frat Ordered to Admit Women

Wesleyan orders residential frat houses to go co-ed

(Newser) - Wesleyan University has a message for its residential frat houses: Go co-ed by 2017. The school's board of trustees emailed the announcement to campus fraternities today, saying women must become full members and leaders in the organizations, Business Insider reports. The mandate follows a period of "heightened discussion"... More »

Harvard Gets Its Biggest Donation Ever: $350M

Money goes to School of Public Health

(Newser) - An alum is handing Harvard its biggest donation ever. The university's School of Public Health will receive $350 million from Gerald Chan, 63, the head of a property developer in Hong Kong. He chose the School of Public Health for his donation after he was inspired by a teacher... More »

Professor Fired After Pic Appears on Beer Can

Christian university apparently didn't approve of beard brew ad

(Newser) - The owner of the most awesome beard on campus at Charleston Southern University got canned after his picture was used by a local brewery. Paul Roof, a professor of sociology, says officials at the small Christian university complained after a picture of him taken by a professional photographer at a... More »

Found in University Basement: 250 Corpses

Department director resigns over gross debacle

(Newser) - It seems journalists with Spain's El Mundo have stumbled onto Frankenstein’s laboratory. "This is not Auschwitz in 1942. Neither Srebrenica ... nor Rwanda," as El Mundo puts it. No, it’s the basement of the Anatomy and Embryology Department at Madrid's Complutense University, where the body... More »

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