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The recent furor over a scholarly article suggesting that the "Israel lobby" drives US Mideast policy presents an opportunity for vigorous open debate on a volatile subject.

Thanks to aggressive recruiting tactics and a complaisant Congress,
online enrollments at the University of Phoenix and its spinoff, Axia
College, are soaring. So are student debt and disaffection.

OK, kids: With conservatives on the hunt for dangerous left-wing academics, take this SAT (Save America from Treachery) test. See if you can tell the difference between a terrorist and a truth-teller. First prize: A three-day getaway in Baghdad. Fail and go to jail.

As Congress jacks up the rates students and their parents are paying for college loans, the consequences are already being felt by young people whose ability to have a child or own a house is limited by debt.

Robert George, the conservative movement's favorite professor,
exerts his influence.

The Nation is pleased that so many of its contributors are
included on a right-wing list of the most dangerous academics in
America.

The lesson in Harvard president Lawrence Summers's sudden demise is that
his brand of neoliberalism works better on blackboards than in the real
world.

Women now outnumber men at colleges and universities, but higher
education has not become the fluffy pink playpen of feminism that some
conservatives envision.

Striking graduate teaching assistants and NYU administrators are hunkered down for a protracted fight, as President John Sexton has threatened strikers with loss of their teaching stipend and ability to teach. This could have a chilling effect on campus union organizing nationwide.

The privatization of the nation's greatest, once-public colleges and
universities is well under way. The loss of low-cost higher education
is a quiet tragedy, one that will severely limit the potential of
generations of future students.

Blogs

With companies' increased focus on diversity, being LGBT can be an asset.

September 21, 2010

Highlights from a panel from the US Social Forum on the politics of the contemporary American student Left.

September 17, 2010

Intercollegiate rivalry isn't all about the academics anymore. It's also about eco-friendliness, says the Sierra Club.

August 25, 2010

At the urgings of a student pro-life group, UNC now gives students the choice to exclude abortion coverage from their student health insurance plans.

August 17, 2010

 One Canadian university is sending students to help green small rural communities in Alberta.

August 4, 2010

In a society where a bachelor’s degree is the new high school diploma and a master’s degree is the new bachelor’s, the issue of college affordability is a common concern.

July 27, 2010

College students currently spend an average of $900 a year on textbooks—a number that has increased at four times the rate of inflation since 1994.

July 26, 2010

Who’d have thought a celebrated Ivy League medical center would be practicing genital cutting on small children?

June 21, 2010

A coalition of student groups are fighting for free speech and reproductive health services at a Catholic university.

April 8, 2010