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How International Students are Recruited and Tracked

Monday, October 22, 2012

Last week, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi student named Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis tried to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Up until his arrest, Nafis was a student at ASA College in Manhattan. And prior to that, he was studying cybersecurity at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. How did he get from Bangladesh to Missouri to New York? Who was responsible for screening him? And, more broadly, how are student visas regulated and tracked?

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The Takeaway

How Integrated Education Began at the University of Texas at Austin

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas. It’s a case that could bring an end to affirmative action, if the plaintiff, white student Abigail Fisher, wins. It’s also a case that might bring to a close an integrated era in Texas and the United States that began not with Brown versus the Board of Education, as many people presume, but with Sweatt v. Painter in 1950. 

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Ya Big MOOC Edition

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the new film "Pitch Perfect," Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane and his selection as Oscars host, and the growth of online university courses.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Elizabeth Kolbert and Michael Agger on spoiled kids; David Remnick and John McPhee on swearing.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Elizabeth Kolbert and Michael Agger on spoiled kids; David Remnick and John McPhee on swearing.

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The Takeaway

The "Threateners" Responsible for More Than 100 Bomb Threats at the University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, April 26, 2012

There have been over 100 bomb threats in the past few months at the University of Pittsburgh by a group calling themselves the "Threateners." The threats have turned university life upside down in the weeks leading up to graduation. Andrew Shull is the News Editor at The Pitt News, the independent student newspaper at the University of Pittsburgh. He joins us to discuss the threats and how student life has been affected on campus.

 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Ken Auletta on Stanford and the tech companies that surround it.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Ken Auletta on Stanford and the tech companies that surround it.

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On Being

Tiya Miles — Toward Living Memory [remix]

Thursday, February 02, 2012

For Black History Month: a MacArthur "genius" who's unearthing an especially painful chapter of the American experience — the intersecting history of African-Americans and Native Americans, and the little-known narratives that Cherokee landowners held bla

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On Being

[Unedited] Tiya Miles with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 02, 2012

For Black History Month: a MacArthur "genius" who's unearthing an especially painful chapter of the American experience — the intersecting history of African-Americans and Native Americans, and the little-known narratives that Cherokee landowners held bla

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On Being

The Dalai Lama — Pursuing Happiness [remix]

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The XIV Dalai Lama seems to many to embody happiness — happiness against the odds, a virtue that is acquired and practiced. Before a live audience in Atlanta, Georgia, Krista had a rare opportunity to mull over the meaning of happiness in contemporary lif

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On Being

[Unedited] The Dalai Lama with Jonathan Sacks, Katharine Jefferts Schori, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, and Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The XIV Dalai Lama seems to many to embody happiness — happiness against the odds, a virtue that is acquired and practiced. Before a live audience in Atlanta, Georgia, Krista had a rare opportunity to mull over the meaning of happiness in contemporary lif

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The Takeaway

Does College Tuition Cost Too Much?

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

In-state tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities rose 7.9 percent between the 2010-11 and 2009-10 school years. At private four-year schools, the average cost rose 4.5 percent. Are these rising costs improving education? Stephen Trachtenberg, president emeritus of George Washington University, presided over a 300 percent increase in tuition and fees over his two decades as president at GWU. He recently defended the high costs of tuition in an article for The Atlantic.

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Features

The New School Unveils Restored Camilo Egas Mural

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

After six years of planning and restoration, “Ecuadorian Festival” created by the artist and educator Camilo Egas in 1932, has been unveiled at The New School’s Sheila C. Johnson Design Center.

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The Takeaway

Is the Academic Job Market a Ponzi Scheme?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Going back to school for a masters or doctorate degree may seem like a smart move in this economy. And universities are happy to get grad students, upon whom they rely for inexpensive, labor-intensive research and to teach undergraduates. But while getting a PhD might stave off the job search for five to seven years, the prospects for getting a teaching job at a university afterwards are slim. The long-term professional positions will be few and far between. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that while academic positions are expected to increase by 15 percent over the next ten years, most of those positions will be for graduate assistants and non-tenured instructors. Is it a "social trap", with academic hopefuls getting the short end of the stick? 

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On Being

Andrew Freear — An Architecture of Decency [remix]

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Auburn's Rural Studio in western Alabama draws architectural students into the design and construction of homes and public spaces in some of the poorest counties. They're creating beautiful and economical structures that are not only unique but nurture

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[Unedited] Andrew Freear with Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Auburn's Rural Studio in western Alabama draws architectural students into the design and construction of homes and public spaces in some of the poorest counties. They're creating beautiful and economical structures that are not only unique but nurture

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The Takeaway

Obama to Deliver University of Michigan Commencement Speech

Friday, April 30, 2010

President Obama will deliver the commencement speech at the University of Michigan tomorrow. The university expects a majority of the students to attend along with 80,000 friends and family members. And as Jake Smilovitz, editor in chief of the student-run paper, tells us that expectations run high, considering the school's history of ground-breaking presidential speeches. Lyndon Johnson, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, and John F. Kennedy have all taken the stage at U of M.

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    The Takeaway

    Haiti's College Students: A Lost Generation?

    Monday, April 26, 2010

    Haiti's higher education system — already highly dysfunctional before the quake — is in shambles. The January 12 earthquake destroyed 90 percent of its school buildings and tore down nine of the state university's thirteen campuses. In a country that needs massive rebuilding and new leadership, who is taking care of educating its next generation of architects, politicians and doctors?

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    The New Yorker: Out Loud

    Elif Batuman on Harvard's bells

    Monday, April 20, 2009

    Elif Batuman on the return of Harvard's bells to Russia.

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    WNYC News

    New School Students Take Over Building

    Friday, April 10, 2009

    Police van outside of The New School University

    Twenty-two people have been arrested for occupying a New School building near Union Square. The protesters want President Bob Kerrey to resign, increased budget transparency, and more communication between students and faculty. The group entered the building around 6 AM and held it for five hours while supporters rallied outside. But not all students at the university were happy with the protesters. David Eisenhauer, a senior who organizes around sustainability issues, says when a protest turns into a police scene, the administration may get less tolerant of other forms of student activism:

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