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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.


2 For-Profit Higher-Education Companies Will Close CampusesOpen in a New Window

The Education Management Corporation, a for-profit higher-education company beset by layoffs and debt, will shut down 15 of its Art Institute campuses, the company disclosed on Wednesday.

The closures are the latest in a long line of indicators of EDMC’s precarious financial position. As of last summer, the company’s debt payments were outpacing its revenue; EDMC has already conducted several rounds of layoffs and sold its Art Institute of Pittsburgh building. Meanwhile, the company has faced he...

 

Conn. State System Delays ‘Transform’ Plan Amid Faculty ComplaintsOpen in a New Window

The president of Connecticut’s public higher-education system has put the brakes on a controversial plan to improve the system after faculty members spoke out against it, The Hartford Courant reports.

Gregory W. Gray, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, has disbanded a steering committee of mostly faculty members charged with overseeing the plan, called Transform CSCU 2020. Mr. Gray and the Transform plan have been the targets of several no-confidence votes in recent we...

 

How Would You Describe College in 5 Words? The Question Is Burning Up TwitterOpen in a New Window

The hottest hashtag in the higher-ed Twittersphere right now is #collegein5words, an admirable undertaking to boil down the college experience to just five words. Everybody’s getting in on the action, from the White House …

… to Domino’s Pizza …

Here are some of my favo...

 

Bankruptcy Trustees Are Asking (and Getting) Colleges to Return Parents’ MoneyOpen in a New Window

The Wall Street Journal is out with an article taking stock of what appears to be a new trend: bankruptcy trustees who are seeking to take back insolvent parents' tuition payments. The newspaper cites several examples of colleges' agreeing to return payments, ranging from $4,000 to over $23,000. At least 25 colleges have been asked by bankruptcy lawyers to return money since 2008, the article states, and bankruptcy lawyers say such collection was unheard of several years ago.

Soaring college tuition payments are drawing attention from unexpected quarters: bankruptcy courts. In a growing number of personal bankruptcy cases, trustees responsible for collecting money for creditors have moved to claw back tuition payments that insolvent parents made for their children. The trustees argue the funds should be recovered to pay off the parents' debts instead.

Read more at: www.wsj.com

 

Ariz. Judge Backs Community College’s Tuition Break for Immigrant StudentsOpen in a New Window

An Arizona judge ruled on Tuesday that students brought to the United States illegally by their parents were eligible to pay cheaper in-state tuition in the Maricopa County Community College District, the Associated Press reported.

The ruling, in a lawsuit filed in 2013 by the state’s attorney general at the time, represents a victory for the students, known as Dreamers, and the community college, which contended that President Obama’s deferred-action program on such immigrants enabled them to d...

 

Length of Education Dept.’s Sexual-Violence Investigations Has Increased SharplyOpen in a New Window

The average length of sexual-violence investigations conducted by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has increased sharply in recent years, according to a letter that the department sent to U.S. senators who have asked for more transparency in the department’s efforts to curb campus sexual assaults.

The federal office, known as OCR, has already been facing the dual pressures of a sharply increasing caseload and declines in staffing. Catherine E. Lhamon, the department’s assistant...

 

Adjuncts Blame Workplace Disrespect for Job DissatisfactionOpen in a New Window

Although nearly three-fourths of part-time college instructors said in a survey that they would rather be working full time, their chief source of job dissatisfaction was not their underemployment but a perceived lack of respect from their full-time colleagues and administrators, according to a new study.

The study, published this month in The Journal of Higher Education, found that adjuncts who involuntarily work only part time feel less satisfied in their jobs, and less respected by faculty me...

 

Wis. Lawmakers Drop Governor’s Autonomy Plan for University SystemOpen in a New Window

State lawmakers in Wisconsin are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to give the University of Wisconsin system more autonomy by spinning it off as a separate government authority, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Mr. Walker, a Republican, had proposed giving the system more independence in exchange for cutting its budget by about $300 million over two years. The proposal generated significant controversy, and several Wisconsin campuses have cut positions or offered buyouts in anti...

 

Miami U. Calls Off Plan to Demolish Historic Building After OutcryOpen in a New Window

Miami University has called off a plan to demolish a historic building on its campus and build a residence hall in its place after preservation activists called the plan illegal, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The plan angered some alumnae of the Western College for Women, which became part of the Ohio university in 1974. The building that was to have been demolished, Patterson Place, is a short distance from two stone pillars that used to mark the college's entrance. David C. Hodge, Miami's president, sent an email to the campus this week stating that the university would not move forward with the plan. He said university officials were working to create a fund-raising plan to renovate the building instead.

Miami University President David Hodge sent an email Monday saying plans to demolish the building have been canceled. Hodge said he received feedback that the demolition "could seriously undermine our sense of place, our sense of self and our sense of community." "The decision to seek an alternate site will create significant challenges as we move forward. There almost certainly will be additional costs and obstacles, and we will be challenged to meet our goals in the time frame before us," Hodge said in the email.

Read more at: www.cincinnati.com

 

Western Michigan U. Will Pay $35,000 to Settle Free-Speech SuitOpen in a New Window

Western Michigan University will pay $35,000 to settle a student group’s lawsuit asserting that the institution’s policies restricted free speech on the campus, MLive reports. The lawsuit, by a group known as the Kalamazoo Peace Center, concerned efforts to bring the musician and activist Boots Riley to the campus as a keynote speaker for one of the group’s events. The suit said the university had tried to place improper restrictions on the event. A spokeswoman for Western Michigan told MLive that the settlement was not an admission of fault, and that it represented a fraction of the amount initially requested in the dispute.

WMU spokeswoman Cheryl Roland confirmed Monday that the university agreed to pay $35,000 in attorney fees to settle the case "mostly to come to a quick resolution and to let everyone move forward."The university will not pay any damages in the case, she said.

Read more at: www.mlive.com

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