Robert Richardson

Journalism schools fret over student attempts to cheat on ethics exam

Journalists are expected to pursue the truth in all its forms, but they must balance that obligation against their profession’s demand that they acquire their information ethically. Journalism schools like Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism now require students to takes classes on journalism ethics. Samuel Freedman, who teaches the class “Critical Issues in Journalism” […]

Colleges cope to accommodate surge in autistic students

NBC aired an episode of the sitcom “Scrubs” in the spring of 2005 in which regular character Dr. Cox was visited by a longtime friend named Ron. Cox and Ron had competed at everything in life since their college years. Both now had two-year-old sons, whom they began to use in competitions, still vying for […]

Indian students battle castes in education standards

If you’re an American, you don’t have to be in an Ivy League university to feel reasonably certain you will get a good job after graduation. Names like Harvard, Princeton and Yale still make employers’ ears perk up, but American students holding degrees from schools without brand names are still generally treated with respect for […]

At Texas A&M, slave video reflects broader racial tensions

A homemade video recently posted on the video sharing site YouTube presented a master and slave scene with a man in blackface being beaten for not following commands. The video was made by three white students from Texas A&M University in College Station. Titled “The Adventures of Jeraboem” and two minutes long, the video begins […]

Gallaudet U. seeks new leader amid accusations of grade tampering

When the trustees of Gallaudet University on Oct. 29 withdrew their appointment of Jane Fernandes as the next president of the 152-year-old school for the deaf, many thought the university’s problems had been solved. The decision to retract the appointment was the result of cooperation between students and faculty through months of protests that included […]

Democrats capture Congress in Nov. 7 election

Sen. George Allen, R-Va., conceded a tight electoral race to Democratic challenger James Webb on Nov. 9, giving Democrats control of both houses of Congress for the first time since 1994. Webb’s victory means that the Democrats took control of six seats previously held by Republicans, the exact number needed for a Democratic majority in […]

Student aid plummets as expenses continue to increase

College costs continue to rise and federal funding is shortchanging those in need, with Pell Grant funding dropping almost $1 billion in a single year. The federal government’s Pell Grant program awards grants based on a financial need formula. Funding for Pell Grants in the 2004-2005 fiscal year totaled $13.6 billion. That amount of funding […]

Gallaudet U. retracts presidential pick

The governing board of Gallaudet University this Sunday (Oct. 29) retracted its appointment of incoming president Jane K. Fernandes in response to months of protests by students and faculty that culminated in a days-long standoff with administrators. The decision was greeted with cheers from students and other protesters. One group shredded a large effigy of […]

Poll: Young voters pessimistic about country’s direction

According to a new poll, 63 percent of young adults are paying “a lot” or “some” attention to candidates in the upcoming November elections. But are the candidates paying attention to them? Young Voter Strategies, a nonpartisan group supporting political involvement by students and young adults, released its own analyses of the annual Battleground poll […]

Yale to post free videos of lectures online

Through a new initiative, the Open Educational Video Lecture Project, Yale intends to make it possible for anyone to have the classroom experience by simply using the Internet. This service will be available for free. Through a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, complete courses, including actual classroom lectures, will be accessible online […]