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.
Yeshiva University has announced sharp budget cuts that include the sale of some buildings, programs reductions, and a decision to go forward with some cuts to the university's faculty-retirement contributions.
The university has recently been plagued by allegations that it covered up years of physical and sexual abuse at its high-school campus during the 1970s and 80s. A group of former students who say they were abused has sued the institution over those accusations.
Yeshiva has also faced considerable financial challenges: It lost $100-million in the Ponzi scheme operated by Bernard L. Madoff, and lost millions more in the economic downturn.
Some faculty members at Texas A&M University at College Station are raising concerns about the process to name an interim replacement for the institution’s departing president, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.
Faculty leaders are upset that Gov. Rick Perry is likely to throw his support behind Guy Diedrich, the system’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, who does not have an academic background. Many faculty members are supporting Mark A. Hussey, the system’s vice chancellor a...
Eight scientists have been awarded a total of $21-million in prizes that honor achievements in physics and life sciences, according to The New York Times and a news release from the foundations that sponsor the awards.
Yuri Milner, a Russian entrepreneur, led the establishment of the two awards, which are known as the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Mr. Milner’s foundation created the physics prize last year, and he later led a group of Inte...
East-West University has agreed not to threaten employees over the institution’s belief that they have engaged in activities on behalf of its adjuncts’ union, as part of a settlement that was approved by a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board.
The agreement also calls for the private Chicago institution to compensate two adjunct faculty members for lost pay they may have suffered because of the institution’s alleged discrimination against them. In a previous NLRB agreement, t...
An Ohio couple who founded a career college and one of their employees have been indicted on charges that they conspired to defraud the government of more than $2.3-million in student financial aid, according to the Canton Repository, an Ohio newspaper.
Federal prosecutors said in a news release that all three individuals had been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. The couple face additional charges of conspiring to launder money and engaging in a monetary transaction i...
Naropa University has suspended a religious-studies professor with pay for the rest of the semester after the Colorado university said it received complaints that he had threatened students and had engaged in a silent classroom protest, The Daily Camera reported.
The professor, Donald Matthews, who is black, asserted that his suspension had been racially motivated and said he had not been given a proper chance to respond to the complaints against him.
He acknowledged that he had carried out a si...
The University of Kansas has censured a former scientist with the Kansas Geological Survey, which describes itself as a research and service division of the university, over allegations of plagiarism, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
Marios A. Sophocleous served as a senior scientist with the survey from 1987 until this year, when he retired. In announcing the censure, the university said he had been found to have engaged in plagiarism and self-plagiarism in seven journal articles.
Graduate employees of New York University who participated in an election this week voted overwhelmingly in favor of forming a collective-bargaining unit affiliated with the United Auto Workers, officials of the union’s Graduate Student Organizing Committee said in a news release Wednesday night. The positive vote creates a bargaining unit of 1,247 graduate employees of NYU and its affiliated Polytechnic Institute, the group said.
“This is a huge victory that puts us in a position to negotiat...
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University voted this week to start a process that could lead to establishing the first elected faculty senate in the university's 312-year history, Yale Alumni Magazine reported. The resolution, approved on Monday, declares support in principle for an elected body to represent the Arts and Sciences faculty and asks the university's president to appoint a committee to propose a structure and rules by December 2014, when the faculty will vote again.
Eight former presidents of the American Studies Association have signed a letter voicing their objections to a proposed resolution supporting an academic boycott of Israel, which was recently endorsed by the scholarly group’s National Council and is the subject of a membership vote.
The eight scholars wrote that an academic boycott would set “a dangerous precedent by sponsoring an inequitable and discriminatory policy that would punish one nation’s universities and scholars.”
The former ASA pres...