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The American Political Science Association’s annual meeting has had a rough couple of years. In 2012 the conference was set to take place in New Orleans, but Hurricane Isaac hit the area and forced the gathering to be called off.
Washington, D.C., the site of this year’s conference, might seem like a safer choice than New Orleans during hurricane season. Alas, the conference’s streak of woes continued early Saturday morning. The Washington Post reported that “a series of suspicious fires” at...
The chorus of scholars who have criticized the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign over its decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita grew louder on Friday, when the American Association of University Professors said it was “deeply concerned” about the matter, and another department at the university announced its vote of no confidence in the administration.
Mr. Salaita was offered a tenured professorship in American Indian studies last year, an offer contingent upon approval by the universi...
The embattled president of Burlington College, Christine Plunkett, had a surprising response to a group of student protesters who crowded around her car and demanded her resignation on Friday:
“I resign. Happy?”
The students, who had been blocking Ms. Plunkett’s car from leaving a Board of Trustees meeting, were shocked to silence but then cheered as she drove away. A spokeswoman for the college, when asked by the Burlington Free Press if Ms. Plunkett had resigned, said, “No comment.”
An Illinois judge has denied the appeal of Chicago State University in a whistle-blower case that is set to cost the university $3-million, the Chicago Tribune reports.
In February a jury found that James Crowley, the university’s former senior legal counsel, had been fired for reporting misconduct by the university’s leadership. The jury awarded Mr. Crowley $2.5-million and ordered that he be given his job back. Later, Judge James P. McCarthy of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., increased...
The American Council on Education and 20 other higher-education interest groups wrote a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin on Friday expressing concerns about additional regulation proposed in Senate Democrats’ draft plan to reauthorize the Higher Education Act.
“We are concerned that the discussion draft includes a substantial number of new requirements, but does not eliminate any existing ones,” wrote Molly Corbett Broad, the council’s president. “This approach will only serve to exacerbate an already ...
The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced it had renegotiated its contracts with federal student-loan servicers, giving them more incentives to keep borrowers from defaulting on their loans.
President Obama announced plans to renegotiate the contracts in June, but Friday’s announcement provides more detail. For example, customer-satisfaction surveys will now play a larger role in how the servicers are evaluated, according to a statement from the department.
Student-loan servicers have...
Anthem Education, a for-profit education company with dozens of campuses nationwide, filed for bankruptcy on Monday, Inside Higher Ed reports. The company has suddenly shut down several of its campuses and is in the process of selling off others.
The company signaled in July that it was in financial straits. The bankruptcy filing comes as for-profit educators nationally face harsher scrutiny from lawmakers and government regulators.
California lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would require colleges to adopt a “yes means yes” standard for defining sexual consent in investigations of sexual-assault allegations, the Bay Area News Group reported.
If the measure, Senate Bill 967, is signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, all public and private colleges that receive state student-aid money would have to agree that silence or lack of resistance does not imply a green light for sex, and that drunkenness is not...
George Washington University on Thursday released a statement calling sexual assault “repugnant and unacceptable” after a former president of the institution, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, drew sharp criticism over remarks he made about the subject on a radio show.
Mr. Trachtenberg served as the university’s president from 1988 to 2007 and is a professor of public service. He appeared this week on The Diane Rehm Show, a National Public Radio program, as part of a panel that discussed fraternities, ...
Report: “Campus Banking Products: College Students Face Hurdles to Accessing Clear Information and Accounts That Meet Their Needs”
Publication: Consumer Reports
Summary: Consumer Reports reviewed campus banking products offered by nine financial companies to compare their terms and calculate their costs.
It found that while some products offered simple, low-cost fee structures and convenient access to funds, others charged high or multiple usage fees that could add up to hundreds of dollars for ...