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Wellness Incentives Pay Off For Washington & Lee

The fitness program at Washington & Lee University is yielding benefits for the school's bottom line as well as their collective waist line.

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Physicists Seek To Lose The Lecture As Teaching Tool

Lecturing has never been an effective teaching technique, and now that information is everywhere some say it's a waste of time. Now, physicists have the data to prove it. But efforts to lose the lecture encounter resistance — sometimes from students.
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An Amazing Trickeration?: Banished Words For 2012

At Lake Superior State University, college officials have been releasing a list of banished words since 1976. Words that you're not allowed to say this year include "baby bump" and "occupy." It's a list destined to receive some "blowback."
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How To Fix College Sports

Joe Nocera is among critics who say that college athletics are an exploitative system. In a business that takes in $6 billion in revenue annually, should players get compensation beyond their scholarships? Nocera talks with guest host Jacki Lyden about his plan to make things right.
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Big Education Grants Threatened By Teacher Spats

Teachers and school districts say they agree better teacher evaluations are needed, but they can't agree on the details. Disputes in Hawaii and New York could lead to revocation of lucrative federal grants and also force the Department of Education to take aggressive action.
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Report: School Suspensions Show Racial Disparities

An analysis of suspensions in the D.C. region show that black students are two to five times as likely to be suspended in schools than white students.

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With A Job, Life Improves For 9th Grade Dropout

Nearly three decades ago, Kenny Buchanan decided to drop out of school. Over the last 26 years, he's jumped from job to job and unemployment. He now has a full-time job and for the first time in years, he and his family have health insurance and can enjoy a few luxuries.

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