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Quick Takes: Student Recants Claims of U.S. Book Monitoring, Los Alamos Contract, Accreditation Woes for Corinthian, Conflict of Interest at U. of Calif., NYU Strike Takes Break, NEH Chair Confirmed Anew

December 22, 2005
  • The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth student who said he had been interrogated by Department of Homeland Security officials because he tried to borrow from a campus library an unabridged version of The Little Red Book has recanted his claim, according to The Standard-Times of New Bedford, which first reported his charges. The alleged incident had prompted a controversy, but Homeland Security officials told Inside Higher Ed in an interview Wednesday that they questioned the veracity of the student's claims.
  • A team including the University of California won a contract Wednesday to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Energy Department announced.
  • Corinthian Colleges, Inc. announced Wednesday that the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools had denied continued accreditation to the company's Georgia Medical Institute campus in Atlanta and satellite campuses in Jonesboro and Marietta, Ga., citing completion and placement rates at the Atlanta institution. The company also said that the Department of Education had changed its policies toward the three Georgia campuses so that the colleges must advance financial aid funds to students and then seek reimbursement from the department, rather than receiving aid funds from the department in advance. Corinthian said it would appeal the accreditor's decision.
  • The former provost of the University of California system violated the university's conflict of interest policy by offering a former business partner successive appointments without disclosing that relationship, an internal investigation by the university has revealed. M.R.C. Greenwood, a highly respected scientist and former chancellor of the university's Santa Cruz campus, resigned abruptly last month amid the inquiry. The university also released an agreement by which Greenwood will join the faculty at the Davis campus.
  • With New York University's campus closed as of Wednesday, striking NYU graduate students will leave the picket line until January 9. Striking students -- who are demanding that the university negotiate a contract with their union -- have assured the administration that they will return to the picket line when classes resume.
  • The Senate has confirmed Bruce Cole for a second term as chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities.
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