Higher Education
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Former Wheaton prof lands UVA fellowship named for Muslim leader

Higher Education
by Leigh Jones
Posted 3/04/16, 10:50 am

Larycia Hawkins, the former Wheaton College professor who caused a furor when she declared Muslims and Christians worship the same God, has taken a new position at the University of Virginia.

Hawkins, a political science professor, will join the school’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, focusing on religion and race. Her fellowship is named for 19th century Algerian Abd el-Kader, a Muslim leader who advocated for intercultural dialog.

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How long should bad choices haunt college-bound students?

Higher Education
by Melinda Taylor
Posted 3/03/16, 12:35 pm

A group of lawyers wants to remove high-school discipline questions from the Common Application used by the admissions offices of more than 600 colleges and universities. Officials from participating universities previously asked that those questions be included, but some say it’s possible they do more harm than good.

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Catholic college president resigns after freshman retention controversy

Higher Education
by Melinda Taylor
Posted 3/02/16, 03:40 pm

The president of the nation’s second-largest Catholic university resigned this week after ensnaring the school in controversy over his strategy to weed out struggling freshmen to improve the school’s retention rate and attempts to punish faculty who disagreed with him. His use of an unfortunate metaphor, describing those struggling students as bunnies needing to be drowned, didn’t help.

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