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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 4:19am

Enrollment of out-of-state students continues to rise, and provoke debate, at University of California campuses. The Los Angeles Times reported that the percentage of new freshmen from outside California will hit 20.2 percent in the fall, up from 18.3 percent last year and 15.5 percent the year before. While some public universities have for years admitted substantial percentages of their students from outside their states, the trend is relatively new for California, where officials say it is necessary because of the tuition revenue the students bring. The highest share of out-of-state students in the fall will be at UCLA (30.1 percent), followed by Berkeley (29.8 percent) and San Diego (28.4 percent). Merced is the lowest at 1.2 percent.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:00am

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson on Tuesday announced lawsuits against the Minnesota School of Business and Globe University, charging that the for-profit institutions were duping students into enrolling in programs that wouldn't help them, The Star-Tribune reported. Many of the students Swanson references were enrolling in law enforcement training positions, apparently unaware that the programs would not qualify them for such work in Minnesota. School officials strongly denied the charges.

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:00am

The board of Howard University has tapped the interim president, Wayne A.I. Frederick, to take on the position on a permanent basis. Frederick holds three degrees from Howard. He was 16 when he first enrolled, traveling from his native Trinidad, seeking a career as a physician. At Howard, Frederick taught in the medical school and was a surgeon at the hospital before rising through the ranks of academic administration. The historically black university has struggled financially in recent years. In an October interview with The Washington Post, Frederick expressed confidence that the university was working through its financial difficulties.

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:00am

ESPN released the results of a poll of the 300 top high school football recruits this year (of which more than 150 responded). Among the results:

  • 60 percent believe college athletes should be able to unionize.
  • 86 percent believe players should receive stipends.
  • 61 percent would play with a concussion.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:00am

British universities are less likely to admit ethnic minority applicants than they are white applicants, even when controlling for academic record, social background and other factors, Times Higher Education reported. The finding was from a study done by the London School of Economics and Political Science. The disadvantage is most evident for Pakistani applicants.

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:00am

The digital learning consortium Unizin has named Amin Qazi as its founding CEO. In a statement, Unizin co-founder James Hilton, dean of libraries at the University of Michigan, said, “The academy is at a critical moment in the growth of digital education. In Amin we chose a leader who could span the technical, organizational, and economic needs that the Unizin service will provide for its members."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Paul Selden, professor of invertebrate paleontology at the University of Kansas, discusses his survey of spider fossils, through which he is helping piece together ancient ecosystems to better understand the world at present. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 4:19am

Adjuncts at the University of St. Thomas have voted by a large margin, 136 to 84, to reject a unionization bid by the Service Employees International Union, The Star Tribune reported. The campaign at St. Thomas was part of the SEIU's drive to organize adjuncts in various metro areas. The campaign has been winning votes in parts of the country, but appears to have run into difficulties in Minnesota. While adjuncts there at Hamline University voted to unionize, a scheduled vote at Macalester College was called off amid some adjunct skepticism of the union campaign.

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 4:31am

Anthem Education, a 34-campus for-profit chain, appears to be on the verge of shutting down campuses, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Anthem has notified state officials of layoffs coming soon in Missouri, Texas, Wisconsin and Georgia. A Missouri official said that the three campuses in that state are shutting down. Those campuses have also posted notices that enrollment is closed. The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that a Wisconsin campus is closing. A company spokesman declined to confirm for the Post-Dispatch that campuses are closing, but did say that Anthem is facing a serious cash flow problem. He added that “closure isn’t a foregone conclusion.”

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 3:00am

Some gay M.B.A. students are frustrated that straight students are attending job fairs set up to recruit gay talent, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. At a recent Reaching Out M.B.A. event, only 1 of the 15 students who attended from Rice University was openly gay. The job fairs are theoretically designed to help gay students navigate the corporate world, and feature programs in addition to the chance to meet with recruiters. Gay students report being offended when they hear straight students at the event say things like “Dude, I’m not gay” or “There needs to be less focus on gay stuff at this event.”

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