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Caroline Solomon is a professor of biology at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Professors are now particularly attuned to the issue of "impostor syndrome" — a feeling students can have that they must have gotten into MIT by mistake. Robin Lubbock/WBUR hide caption

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The Sweet Briar College campus in western Virginia. Aaron Mahler/Sweet Briar College hide caption

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Makenzie Vasquez (from left), Pamala Hunt, Latonya Suggs, Ann Bowers, Nathan Hornes, Ashlee Schmidt, Natasha Hornes, Tasha Courtright, Michael Adorno and Sarah Dieffenbacher are refusing to pay back loans they took out to attend Corinthian Colleges. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Kristen Hannah Perez, a low-income, high-achieving student from Celina, Texas, plans to attend Dartmouth€ College next fall. Shereen Meraji/NPR hide caption

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MIT is one of several schools that offer classes through edX, which provides free online courses in partnership with some of the country's top universities. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Jorge Cham is the creator of PHD Comics and received his doctorate in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. PHD (Piled Higher and Deeper) is a comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in academia. See more of his work at www.phdcomics.com. Jorge Cham/PHD Comics hide caption

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For his study Professor Benjamin Schmidt culled roughly 14 million reviews from the website Rate My Professor. Blue dots represent male professors, red dots female. The farther right the dot, the more often that the word on the left was used to describe the professor. Alyson Hurt hide caption

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Higher Ed

How We Talk About Our Teachers

The words college students use to describe their professors say a lot about how men and women are judged differently.

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