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Below is a news feed from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s "The Ticker” blog, providing breaking news in higher education.  Fresh content is pulled from the feed at 15 minute intervals.


Wayland Baptist U.’s Former Finance Chief Pleads Guilty to TheftOpen in a New Window

James E. Smith, who was fired last year as Wayland Baptist University’s chief financial officer, will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to felony theft, the Plainview Daily Herald reported.

A judge also ordered Mr. Smith to repay the West Texas institution $1.3-million. He waived his right to appeal.

Paul W. Armes, the university’s president, said in a statement cited by the newspaper that “we are gratified that the legal process has been completed.” He said the university...

 

Historically Black Colleges Feel the Effects of the RecessionOpen in a New Window

Report: “America’s Public HBCUs: A Four-State Comparison of Institutional Capacity and State Funding Priorities”

Authors: William Casey Boland and Marybeth Gasman

Organization: University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Minority-Serving Institutions

Summary: Public, historically black colleges in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina have seen at least a doubling in Hispanic enrollments since 2008, while enrollment of white students generally has declined at those institutions.

Findin...

 

Missouri’s Westminster College Will Close Its Campus in Mesa, Ariz.Open in a New Window

Westminster College, in Missouri, announced on Tuesday that it planned to close its campus in Mesa, Ariz., citing “less-than-expected enrollment and market demand at that location.”

The liberal-arts college enrolled its first students on that campus in the fall of 2013. Westminster had expanded to Arizona after the City of Mesa began recruiting colleges to open up satellite operations there.

“Three years ago, Westminster saw both the need in Mesa and the opportunity for a great partnership wit...

 

Mass. Sues Former President of Small College Who Drew Fire Over High PayOpen in a New Window

Attorney General Martha M. Coakley of Massachusetts on Tuesday sued the former president of a small nonprofit college, seeking to force him to repay the institution money that he allegedly misspent on excessive compensation, cars, and a time-share in the Caribbean, The Boston Globe reported.

Robert J. Gee, who founded the National Graduate School of Quality Management, in Falmouth, Mass., was fired in 2012 as the institution’s president after the newspaper drew attention to his pay and lifesty...

 

Boston U. Women’s Basketball Coach Resigns Following Bullying AccusationsOpen in a New Window

Kelly Greenberg has resigned as head coach of the Boston University women's basketball team, following a review of allegations that she abused players. The university formed a committee to investigate the matter after The Boston Globe reported last month that four scholarship players had left the team, alleging that they had been mistreated. The university said Ms. Greenberg's resignation was effective immediately.

“I do not agree with some of the findings of the review panel regarding my coaching style, which was intended to produce well-rounded athletes and a winning team,’’ Greenberg said. “However, given all that has transpired, I do not believe that it will be possible for me to continue as an effective coach at Boston University.” Todd Klipp, senior counsel at the university, was quoted by BU Today as saying that the complaints could not be substantiated, but that “a compelling case was made, based on interviews with the team as a whole, that the manner in which Coach Greenberg interacted with many of her players was incompatible with the expectations and standards for university employees, including our coaches.” Greenberg’s attorney, Paul Kelly, said he and Greenberg would have no comment Tuesday night.

Read more at: www.bostonglobe.com

 

Adjunct in Connecticut Apologizes for Remarks That Angered RepublicansOpen in a New Window

Brent Terry, an adjunct faculty member at Eastern Connecticut State University, on Tuesday apologized for comments he made in a creative-writing class that angered Republicans in the Legislature, The Day reported.

Campus Reform, an advocacy group that has become known for posting recordings of professors’ comments online, obtained an audio recording of Mr. Terry’s classroom remarks. In urging his students to vote in the coming elections, he said, “it’s absolutely possible that the Republicans wi...

 

U. of California to Pay Surgeon $10-Million in Whistle-Blower CaseOpen in a New Window

The University of California has agreed to pay $10-million to a former chairman of orthopedic surgery at the University of California at Los Angeles to settle a case of alleged retaliation against a whistle-blower, the Los Angeles Times reported. The surgeon, Robert Pedowitz, had alleged that UCLA’s medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care.

In a lawsuit that named UCLA, the university system’s regents, and others as defendants, Dr. Pedowitz ...

 

Who’s Looking for College-Educated Workers?Open in a New Window

Report: “The Online College Labor Market”

Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Tamara Jayasundera, Dmitri Repnikov

Organization: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Summary: The paper uses data from Burning Glass Technologies to analyze the demand for college-educated workers in different occupations and industries.

Findings:

  • More than 80 percent of job openings for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree are posted online, while less than half of advertisements for workers ...

 

American U. Investigates Underground Fraternity Emails That Sparked UproarOpen in a New Window

The university is looking into possible student misconduct after a series of emails and other documents containing slurs and references to sexual assault were leaked online and cited in an article in the student newspaper. The messages angered many on the campus. The messages refer to a group that calls itself Epsilon Iota, which is not a recognized fraternity at the university. Epsilon Iota was the name of a university chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity that was shut down 13 years ago for alcohol-related and other problems.

On Monday, AU President Cornelius M. “Neil” Kerwin said in a statement to the campus community that “harmful behaviors” depicted in the e-mails “not only conflict with our values and standards, but also may represent breaches of our student conduct code and of the law.” Kerwin pledged “swift and deliberate action” to investigate. He said AU would apply its student conduct code “to its fullest extent” and cooperate with law enforcement if any crimes are uncovered. “This situation cannot be viewed as an isolated set of circumstances,” Kerwin said. “It raises broader concerns about student conduct and high risk and harmful behaviors. Over the ensuing weeks and months, we will review with the community the steps we have taken to educate and address such issues and solicit ideas about what else might be effective in curtailing dangerous, damaging and illegal behaviors.”

Read more at: www.washingtonpost.com

 

Former Member of Radical Group Will No Longer Teach at U. of IllinoisOpen in a New Window

James W. Kilgore, a former member of the radical group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army, will no longer teach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after the university told him that it would not renew his contract, The News-Gazette reported.

Mr. Kilgore was arrested in South Africa in 2002 and served six years in prison for his involvement in a 1975 bank robbery that killed a customer. Mr. Kilgore has been a part-time, non-tenure-track lecturer on the Urbana-Champaign campus ...

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