The University of Michigan Board of Regents voted Tuesday to oppose a bill in the State Senate that would ban graduate research assistants from unionizing, The Detroit Free Pressreported. In doing so, the board disregarded the wishes of senior administrators at the university, who believe that the graduate assistants should count as students and should not unionize.
Two more colleges have sued the Obama administration over its requirement that religious employers, including colleges, provide insurance covering birth control -- despite a recent compromise that would require the insurance company, not the institution, to pay for that coverage. Louisiana College, a Baptist institution, and Geneva College, a Pennsylvania college affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, filed lawsuits Tuesday with assistance from the Alliance Defense Fund. They join two colleges that have filed suit through the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The Alliance Defense Fund says that more lawsuits can be expected.
Barbara Woodlee announced in the summer of 2010 that she planned to retire as president of Maine's Kennebec Valley Community College, but she's not leaving any time soon.The Kennebec Journal reported that -- after two national searches failed to end with a successor -- Woodlee agreed to stay on.