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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.


Monmouth U. Will Keep Woodrow Wilson’s Name on Campus BuildingOpen in a New Window

Monmouth University has decided to keep Woodrow Wilson’s name on a campus building that honors him, following discussions on the New Jersey campus of his segregationist views, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The university said in a written statement that its board had required that “significant steps” be taken to foster a “comprehensive and balanced understanding” of the former president’s legacy.

“Moving forward,” the university said, “the board charged the administration with sharing a more c...

 

67 Colleges Will Take Part in Education Dept.’s Pell-for-Prisoners ProgramOpen in a New Window

Sixty-seven institutions of higher education will participate in the U.S. Education Department’s pilot program to make Pell Grants available to prison inmates, the department announced on Friday.

The department announced the program in July of last year. Its rollout comes more than 20 years after Congress prohibited inmates from receiving Pell Grants.

“The evidence is clear,” said the U.S. education secretary, John B. King Jr., in a news release. “Promoting the education and job training for inc...

 

Grambling State President Resigns After Less Than a Year in OfficeOpen in a New Window

The president of Grambling State University, Willie D. Larkin, resigned on Thursday barely a year after he assumed the leadership of the historically black university in Louisiana, The Advocate reported.

Mr. Larkin, who is the university’s ninth president, announced his plan to step down at the University of Louisiana’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Ruston, La., after he and other presidents in the system received their annual personal evaluations.

The system’s spokeswoman, Cami Geisman, decl...

 

Why Twitter Is Calling Abigail Fisher ‘Becky With the Bad Grades’: A Brief ExplainerOpen in a New Window

After the Supreme Court upheld the use of race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin in a 4-to-3 decision on Thursday morning, Twitter did what Twitter does best: generated a pop-culture mashup.

The hashtag #BeckyWithTheBadGrades started trending. It refers both to Abigail N. Fisher, the white female student who sued to overturn the university’s affirmative-action policy after she was denied admission, and to a Beyoncé lyric from the song “Sorry” off her most recent album, Le...

 

3 Key Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Decision on Race-Conscious AdmissionsOpen in a New Window

To many observers, the Supreme Court’s 4-to-3 decision on Thursday that upheld the use of race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin came as a surprise.

Even inside the court, it seems: “Something strange has happened,” wrote Justice Samuel A. Alito in the first line of his dissent, “since our prior decision in this case.” In 2013 the court ruled that a lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, had not applied enough scrutiny to Austin’s admissions program...

 

Supreme Court Upholds Use of Race-Conscious Admissions at U. of TexasOpen in a New Window

[Updated (6/23/2016, 12:42 p.m.) with reactions.]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, putting an apparent end to one of the most closely watched cases in higher education.

Read the opinion.

The plaintiff in the case, Abigail N. Fisher, had accused the Austin campus in 2008 of discriminating against her after she was denied admission. She subsequently graduated from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.

The 4-to-3...

 

Controversial ‘Sports University’ Draws Scrutiny From 2 North Carolina AgenciesOpen in a New Window

Two higher-education agencies in North Carolina are looking into the company calling itself Forest Trail Sports University and could nix its plans to team up with Waldorf University, a for-profit institution based in Iowa that operates mostly online.

Forest Trail had announced plans to lease unused facilities at Barber-Scotia College, an unaccredited institution in North Carolina that’s struggling to stay open. Under the plans, student-athletes would be invited to the campus to play sports year-...

 

Kentucky Attorney General Sues Governor Over U. of Louisville Shake-UpOpen in a New Window

The attorney general of Kentucky is suing Gov. Matt Bevin over his administrative shake-up at the University of Louisville, WFPL reported on Wednesday.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, said he would also seek a restraining order to block the Republican governor’s abolition of the university’s Board of Trustees and reconstitution of its membership.

Last week Governor Bevin cleaned house when he announced he was reorganizing the university’s board and Louisville’s president, James R. Ram...

 

ACT Plans Center to Help Underserved Students Succeed in College and Work ForceOpen in a New Window

These days, everyone’s talking about “equity,” and now a testing company has affixed the word to a new effort. The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.

At a news conference in Washington, officials from ACT Inc., in Iowa City, said the center would conduct research on — and develop strategies for — closing achievement gaps. The center plans to collaborat...

 

U. of Louisville Faculty Group Aims to Thwart Governor’s Shake-UpOpen in a New Window

Faculty members at the University of Louisville have asked its Board of Trustees to block their removal and other governance changes ordered last week by Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, The Courier-Journal reported on Tuesday.

Governor Bevin, a Republican, announced on Friday that he was dismissing all the board members and that the university’s president, James R. Ramsey, would step down. The governor also said he would convene a new board with 13 members, 10 of whom would be appointed by Mr. Bevi...

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