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Critical Thinking Skills: Are Students Prepared for College ?

A star high school student has difficulty at college. He looks around, and sees others doing better, knowing how to think critically. Is his high school to blame for failing him? His parents? The country? Is this an isolated problem, or one with nation-wide application...

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Benefits Of Tech Transfer Outweigh Costs For Virginia Universities

Despite criticism that schools with Tech Transfer programs are chasing big paydays that will never come, officials at Virginia universities say the other benefits of fostering innovation still outweigh the costs.

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War Of The Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide

The tension between the two realms is greater than it's been in years, some scientists say. The latest battle played out in Tennessee, which just enacted a law that encourages teachers to question evolution despite the accepted science.
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Managing the Burden of Student Debt.

President Obama is calling on Congress to stop federal student loan rates from doubling this summer. Republicans argue extending the current 3.4 percent rate would cost taxpayers too much. We discuss the implications for families and the economy.

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Virginia Universities Draw Criticism For Tech Transfer Programs

As federal and state funds for higher education dry up, many universities are putting new emphasis on Tech Transfer -- patenting and licensing inventions made by faculty members. These inventions can be profitable, but critics warn there are pitfalls."

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New York Teacher Ratings Renew Evaluation Debate

The Obama administration is making some federal funds contingent on schools using student test scores and classroom observations to evaluate teachers. New York City recently sparked a controversy when it rated thousands of teachers with test scores alone — and then released those ratings to the public.
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Report Faults UC Davis Administrators, Police In Pepper Spray Incident

As they sought to quell a November protest at the University of California-Davis, campus police officers' "decision to use pepper spray was not supported by objective evidence and not authorized by policy," according to a review of the incident released Wednesday.
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Spate Of Bomb Threats Annoys Pittsburgh Students

The University of Pittsburgh has received more than 50 false-alarm bomb threats since mid-February, which have disrupted campus life. Security has tightened but the threats continue, and some students are wondering how they'll be able to make up class work and prepare for final exams.

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