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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.


U.S. Senator Asks California Colleges to Voluntarily Adopt Her Sex-Assault BillOpen in a New Window

Sen. Barbara Boxer wrote a letter on Tuesday asking California higher-education leaders to voluntarily carry out the provisions of a bill she introduced last month aimed at preventing sexual assault on college campuses.

The Survivor Outreach and Support Campus Act, introduced by Senator Boxer and another California Democrat, Rep. Susan Davis, would require all federally funded colleges to appoint a victim’s advocate charged with supporting survivors of campus sexual assault in a myriad of ways. ...

 

Temple U. Is Accused of Overlooking Ex-Coach’s Alleged Abuse of AthletesOpen in a New Window

An article in The Temple News, Temple University's student newspaper, accuses Temple's administration of overlooking a former track-and-field coach's alleged mistreatment of athletes. Current and former track-and-field athletes said that the coach, Eric Mobley, had verbally abused and intimidated team members and had overseen practices conducted without proper safety equipment. The article accuses university administrators of responding improperly to a student's claims of mistreatment. Mr. Mobley declined to speak to the newspaper about the allegations. He resigned in June after six years as head coach of the men's and women's cross-country and track-and-field programs. “Temple Athletics thanks him for his service to the program and wishes him well in his future endeavors," the university said in a news release announcing his departure. A Temple spokesman said in a statement to the newspaper that the university was “committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all of our students, including our student-athletes.”

After an interview with the administrators was denied, a Temple spokesman said only in a statement that the university is “committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all of our students, including our student-athletes.” “As we became aware of student concerns in track & field, we pursued a course of action that included meeting with the students and meeting with the coaching staff,” said Ray Betzner, associate vice president for executive communications. “In addition, university staff from several offices on campus worked together to take appropriate steps in responding to these concerns.”

Read more at: longform.temple-news.com

 

Australia’s U. of New England Shuts Down MOOC ProjectOpen in a New Window

The University of New England, in Australia, has discontinued its MOOC program, which let students take online classes free but charged them to take examinations and receive online tutoring. “While MOOCs will continue to be offered I am sure by some of the very big providers around the world, it’s not something that a university like UNE would go at alone,” Annabelle Duncan, the university's vice chancellor, told The Australian Financial Review. The Australian university, known for its online offerings, provided only a handful of the massive open online courses, primarily as part of the M.B.A. program.

Only a handful of subjects were ­available under the MOOC model. Photo: James Alcock Tim Dodd The University of New England (UNE) has shut down its pioneering ­experiment with massive open online courses (MOOCs) because it could not make it pay.

Read more at: www.afr.com

 

Plane Crash Claims Lives of 4 Students at Case Western Reserve U.Open in a New Window

Four undergraduates at Case Western Reserve University were killed in a plane crash on Monday night, according to a statement from the university. William Felten, 20, and Lucas Marcelli, 20, were second-year students, while John Hill, 18, and Abraham Pishevar, 18, were in their first year.

Mr. Felten was piloting the single-engine Cessna 172, which experienced engine trouble shortly after taking off from Cuyahoga County Airport, northeast of Cleveland, at about 10 p.m. on Monday, The Plain Deale...

 

Adjuncts at U. of D.C. Vote to Form a UnionOpen in a New Window

Adjunct faculty members at the University of the District of Columbia have voted to form a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, the union announced on Monday.

The professors join nearby adjuncts at Georgetown, American, Howard, and George Washington Universities, who have also voted to unionize as part of SEIU’s push to organize adjuncts in cities across the country.

According to the union, 75 percent of adjuncts in Washington, D.C., are now represented by SEIU Local ...

 

U.S. and Calif. Agencies Put New Restrictions on Corinthian CollegesOpen in a New Window

Corinthian Colleges Inc., the troubled for-profit higher-education company that is gradually closing its doors under an agreement with the U.S. Education Department, is facing new challenges on two fronts, both made public on Monday.

First, the company said in a regulatory filing that the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has accused Corinthian of violating the Dodd-Frank Act and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. The agency told the company it would be open to a settlement if Cori...

 

Affirmative-Action Policy Is Found to Reduce Achievement GapsOpen in a New Window

Affirmative-action policies can help motivate underrepresented minority students before they apply to college and, as a result, can help narrow achievement gaps across demographic groups, concludes a report released on Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The report concerns an experiment in which students in the fifth through eighth grades competed for cash prizes and were paid according to their relative performance on a national mathematics examination. The study was designed t...

 

Interest-Rate Cap on Loans Is Now Automatic for Qualifying Service MembersOpen in a New Window

The Department of Education on Monday made it easier for members of the armed forces to pay lower interest rates on their federal student loans. Service members who qualify for a cap on their interest rates under the Higher Education Opportunity Act have had to request that the benefit be applied to their loans. But the department’s new guidance directs student-loan servicers to consult a government database and automatically apply the cap for qualifying borrowers.

 

Free Digital Textbook Publisher to Produce 10 New Titles by 2017Open in a New Window

Rice University’s OpenStax College, a project that publishes free digital textbooks, will use $9.5-million in grants to produce 10 new books by 2017, the university announced on Monday.

The aim of the project, started in 2012, is to provide low-cost textbooks to students who have trouble affording titles that can cost hundreds of dollars. OpenStax has published a handful of books—written and peer-reviewed in-house and accessible free online—for common courses that enroll the most students na...

 

John G. Sperling, Founder of the U. of Phoenix, DiesOpen in a New Window

John G. Sperling, the founder of the University of Phoenix and a pioneer in the for-profit higher-education revolution, has died, the university’s corporate parent, the Apollo Education Group, announced. He was 93.

The company’s statement does not list a cause of death. It describes Mr. Sperling as resolved “to improve the world through accessible higher education for working adult students” and says that his “indomitable ideas and life’s work served as a catalyst for innovations widely accept...

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