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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.


Christian Student Group Loses Official Status at Cal StateOpen in a New Window

A Christian student group has lost its standing as an official student organization at California State University because it has declined to comply with a university policy that prohibits Cal State campuses from recognizing any student group that denies membership and leadership to students based on a variety of factors, including religion, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

The group, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, is open to all students, but its bylaws require chapter leaders to agr...

 

Appeals Court Reverses Conviction Over Threatening Poem Sent to ProfessorOpen in a New Window

A federal appeals court has tossed out the conviction of a former Utah Valley University student who was found guilty of a felony for sending a professor an email containing a violent anti-immigrant poem, according to reports by the Associated Press and The Salt Lake Tribune.

The poem, sent from the email username “siegheil_neocon” to a professor at the University of Utah, contained such phrases as “we will … detain you and slay you, by a bowie knife shoved up into the skull” and “we put the noo...

 

Adjuncts in Michigan and Louisiana Protest Long Waits for PayOpen in a New Window

Part-time lecturers at Eastern Michigan University are protesting a decision by its administration to delay their first paycheck, leaving them among many adjunct instructors nationwide who find themselves facing long waits to be compensated at the start of each academic year.

Adjunct instructors at Delgado Community College, in New Orleans, are similarly facing financial hardship as a result of the college’s decision to extend their wait for their first paycheck from five weeks to seven, The Tim...

 

Paine College’s President Resigns Amid Accreditation TroublesOpen in a New Window

George C. Bradley resigned on Tuesday as president of Paine College, which has faced scrutiny from its accreditor and calls for Mr. Bradley to be removed from office, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

Paine’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, placed the Georgia college on probation in June, saying it had failed to resolve problems with its finances and governance. An anonymous website called the Paine Project, which claimed to document mismanagem...

 

21 Individuals Are Named as MacArthur Fellows for 2014Open in a New Window

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday named 21 individuals as recipients of MacArthur Fellowships for 2014, and several of the winners have affiliations with colleges. The foundation said in a news release that the fellowships recognize “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future.”

Each fellowship winner receives a “no strings attached” grant of $625,000, which is paid out over f...

 

5 Jaw-Dropping Allegations in the Federal Lawsuit Against CorinthianOpen in a New Window

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday filed suit against Corinthian Colleges, alleging that the for-profit higher-education provider, which is in the process of selling or closing all of its campuses, engaged in deceptive lending and recruiting practices in recent years, in violation of federal law.

Many of the lawsuit’s allegations are astounding. Here are five:

1. To bolster its job-placement statistics, employees at one of the company’s Everest College locations created fake emp...

 

50 Years Later, Longwood U. Apologizes for Not Backing IntegrationOpen in a New Window

Longwood University, in Farmville, Va., has apologized for its inaction during a period known as "massive resistance," in which some school districts in Virginia closed in protest of federal orders to integrate. The school district in Prince Edward County, where Longwood is located, closed from 1959 to 1964, and the university's Board of Visitors voted on Saturday to express "profound regret" for, among other things, failing to stand up for "the inarguable principle of equal protection under the law and educational opportunity for all" during that time. The College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia have issued similar statements of regret. Longwood also announced the formation of a new scholarship program to help students "with a demonstrated commitment to the cause of equality of opportunity in education."

"While many individual members of the Longwood community spoke and acted bravely in support of the inarguable principle of equal protection under the law and educational opportunity for all, as an institution Longwood failed to stand up publicly for these ideals, resulting in support to those who opposed desegregation, and falling short in its duty to provide strong moral leadership in the community," the resolution states.

Read more at: www.timesdispatch.com

 

Lawmakers Barred From Interviews in Admissions Investigation at U. of TexasOpen in a New Window

The University of Texas’ Board of Regents voted on Monday to bar state legislators from attending interviews conducted as part of an independent investigation into admissions practices on the Austin campus, The Texas Tribune reports.

Two lawmakers last week said they would attend the hearings, which are being held to determine whether political favoritism has played a role in the flagship campus’s admissions process. The system’s departing chancellor, Francisco G. Cigarroa, ordered the investiga...

 

Black Colleges Face Challenges in Their Global Efforts, Report SaysOpen in a New Window

Report: “Creating Global Citizens: Challenges and Opportunities for Internationalization at HBCUs”

Organization: American Council on Education

Summary: As global learning becomes a top priority in American higher education, historically black colleges and universities may face challenges that are common to other institutions but in a more pronounced manner, according to a report released on Monday by the American Council on Education.

The report highlights the experiences of seven HBCUs that wor...

 

State Senator Meets a Tough Crowd as He Vies for Top Job at Florida State U.Open in a New Window

A Florida state senator who is seeking to become president of Florida State University had a tense day of meet-and-greet at the Tallahassee campus on Monday, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

John E. Thrasher, one of the most influential politicians in the state and one of four finalists to lead Florida State, got a hostile reception from some students and faculty members in a daylong interview conducted as part of the search.

Mr. Thrasher was asked in his session with faculty members if he beli...

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