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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.


Community College Settles Claims It Discriminated Against Military VeteranOpen in a New Window

Pima Community College has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over claims that it refused to promote an employee because of his military service.

According to a news release from the department, the college has agreed to promote Timothy Stoner to the position of police corporal and provide him back pay amounting to what he would have earned if he had been promoted when he first applied. As part of the settlement, the college denies any wrongdoing.

The department accused the...

 

Baylor Misconduct Policy Drops Explicit Ban on ‘Homosexual Acts’Open in a New Window

Baylor University has dropped an explicit prohibition of “homosexual acts” from its student-misconduct policy, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports. Previously, the phrase was included in a list of behaviors that amounted to “misuses of God’s gift,” including sexual assault, incest, and fornication. The revised policy gives no examples.

“These changes were made because we didn’t believe the language reflected the university’s caring community,” a Baylor spokeswoman, Lori Fogleman, told the newspaper ...

 

For-Profit Group Will Appeal Decision Upholding Gainful-Employment RuleOpen in a New Window

The main trade association of for-profit colleges will appeal a ruling that upholds the U.S. Education Department’s gainful-employment rule, the group announced in a news release on Thursday. Steve Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, said in the release that the rule is “arbitrary and capricious and in violation of federal law.”

Judge John D. Bates, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, rejected that rationale last month, when h...

 

Here Are the Colleges Where Tuition Has Risen the FastestOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education is out with its annual list of colleges whose tuition and net price have risen the fastest in recent years.

Here are the four-year public colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year public colleges where net price rose the most, as a percentage, from 2010-11 to 2012-13:

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And the four-year private colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year private college...

 

College Sues Middle States Commission Over Loss of AccreditationOpen in a New Window

Sojourner-Douglass College has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for revoking the institution’s accreditation over financial problems, The Baltimore Sun reports. In February the commission denied Sojourner-Douglass’s appeal of Middle States’ decision, announced last fall, and the predominantly black college was officially stripped of its accreditation on Tuesday.

Sojourner-Douglass asserts in its lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Maryland,...

 

Steven Salaita Says He Has a New Job, in LebanonOpen in a New Window

[Updated (7/1/2015, 9:15 p.m.) with additional details from Mr. Salaita's lawyer.]

Steven G. Salaita, the professor whose job offer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was revoked after his anti-Israel tweets drew criticism, has a new job. Mr. Salaita announced on Twitter he will be chair of American studies at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon:

 

Student-Debt-Relief Firm Will Shut Its Doors After New York InvestigationOpen in a New Window

[Updated (7/1/2015, 9:09 p.m.) with news of a lawsuit against another company supposedly helping borrowers with debts.]

A business offering student-loan “debt relief” will close its doors as part of an agreement with New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo. The Times Union, a newspaper in Albany, reports that an investigation by Mr. Cuomo’s office found that Interactiv Education LLC advertised it could lower student-loan payments when, in fact, it just filled out a loan-consolidation form that is a...

 

AAUP Protests Louisiana State’s Firing of Professor Over ProfanityOpen in a New Window

The American Association of University Professors has threatened to take unspecified action against Louisiana State University over its dismissal of a tenured faculty member accused of using obscene language and making sexually explicit jokes in class.

In a letter on Tuesday to F. King Alexander, the university system’s president, the AAUP demanded that it reconsider its decision last month to fire Teresa K. Buchanan, a tenured associate professor of curriculum and instruction, based on accusati...

 

After Controversy, UMass Rolls Out New Measures for Iranian StudentsOpen in a New Window

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has unveiled new measures concerning its treatment of Iranian students, four months after a short-lived controversy in which the institution banned some such students from certain graduate programs, The Boston Globe reports. The university announced the ban in February, saying it was necessary to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran. But it reversed the ban just days later, after it drew heated criticism. The university will continue to admit Iranian graduate students, but it will require faculty members and the students to undergo new training. It will also require international students to write, and obtain faculty approval of, a summary of their research before traveling abroad. Last December an Iranian student went home for the holidays and was denied re-entry to the United States after being questioned by federal officials. The student is still in Iran.

Iranian students Tuesday had mixed reactions to the new measures. One student praised the fact that Iranian students were included in the process of drafting the measures and said the school listened to their suggestions. “We are pleased to see students do ... training instead of being rejected only based on their nationality,” said Ali Rakhshan, a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering and past president of the Iranian Graduate Student Association at UMass, which spoke out against the initial policy banning Iranian graduate students.

Read more at: www.bostonglobe.com

 

How One Professor’s Tweets Got Her Fired — or So It Seemed at FirstOpen in a New Window

At 3:43 p.m. on Tuesday, the University of Memphis made an announcement:

Cue rumors that Ms. Robinson, an assistant professor of sociology, had been fired for statements she made on Twitter about whiteness and the Confederate flag. Conservative websites were abuzz on Tuesday with articles quoting from the sociologist’s Twitter account. For instance, The Washington Times reported that Ms...

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