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Quick Takes: NY Toughens For-Profit Oversight, Foreign Student Rules, Prof Charged With Assaulting Colleague, Intel's Rules Could Hurt U. of Phoenix, Hopkins to Start B-School, 3 Eastern Michigan Regents Quit, Iowa Central Loses Vote and Yuba Wins

December 6, 2006
  • The New York State Board of Regents on Tuesday adopted tougher oversight rules for for-profit colleges operating in the state. The rules set up new probationary periods for licensure of for-profit institutions and more scrutiny before new owners can take over an existing college.
  • Federal agencies need to do a better job of assessing any threats posed by the use of foreign students in some forms of research, and to develop education and outreach plans to help universities deal with these issues, according to a study released Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The report deals with research subject to "export controls," a relatively small share of the research on which foreign students work. University leaders blasted earlier proposed regulations to monitor such students as needlessly intrusive, and a federal panel is now studying the issue.
  • A professor at Northern Illinois University, Radha Balamuralikrishna, was in court Tuesday, charged with assaulting a colleague by hitting him on the head with a metal bar, The Chicago Tribune reported. Police told the newspaper that the professor who was attacked -- whose name they did not release -- was treated at a hospital and released. In setting bail for Balamuralikrishna, a judge ordered him not to have any contact with the alleged victim. Balamuralikrishna faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery in a public place, and aggravated battery of a teacher, the Tribune reported. Someone who answered Balamuralikrishna's home phone Tuesday night said he was not available for comment. A spokeswoman for the university said Balamuralikrishna has been placed on administrative leave and that other professors would cover his classes for the rest of the semester.
  • Intel Corp. has announced new rules for reimbursing employees for tuition in degree programs, limiting reimbursement to those with both regional and specialized accreditation, The Arizona Republic reported. The shift is seen as a blow to the University of Phoenix, which has business and engineering programs that lack specialized accreditation and that have attracted hundreds of Intel employees. Intel told the newspaper that its employees who attended programs with both kinds of accreditation were more likely to advance in the company.
  • A $50 million gift will be used by Johns Hopkins University to start a new freestanding business school for M.B.A. and joint degree programs. Hopkins already offers business programs through its School of Professional Studies in Business in Education, but the gift -- and additional funds Hopkins plans to raise -- will situate the business programs in their own school. Likewise, Hopkins will create a freestanding education school.
  • Three of the eight members of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents quit Tuesday, saying that it was time for new people to try to solve the university's problems, The Detroit Free Press reported. Administrators and faculty members have been at odds over numerous issues, culminating in a strike by professors in September.
  • Voters in the counties that are served by Iowa Central Community College on Tuesday voted down a $10 million bond proposal for facilities and program improvements, The Messenger reported. Only 49 percent of voters backed the bonds, which required a 60 percent level of support to pass. Official counts in California's Novemember vote, however, brought good news for the Yuba Community College District. Voters there passed -- by just over the required 55 percent majority -- a $190 million facilities bond package, according to final results released Tuesday, The Lake Country Record-Bee reported.
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