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12/31/2012 11:57 am ET Updated Dec 31, 2012

12 Most Influential Forces In Higher Education In 2012

The year is drawing to a close. The world did not end on December 21, 2012, despite History Channel specials suggesting otherwise.

This year featured controversies at big schools like Penn State University and the University of Virginia, an explosion of Massive Online Open Courses, a mass rebuke of Chick-fil-A on campuses and no shortage of "Call Me Maybe" parodies.

HuffPost College took a look back at 2012 and named the 12 most influential forces in higher education this year. You can check them out in the slideshow below, placed in no particular order.