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February 6, 2019

With its faculty members on strike for a third week, Wright State University is canceling some courses and looking for replacement adjuncts available to work immediately in scores of disciplines. Seth Bauguess, university spokesperson, said via email that “well over 80 percent” of courses continue to meet, and that canceled classes were specialized. “Students will receive further information this week about the layered options they have to stay on track for graduation and course completion,” he said.

Job ads for adjuncts posted this week angered many Wright State professors and their supporters, who argued that the university should be working to end the strike with its current faculty instead of hiring replacement instructors. Wright State’s American Association of University Professors-affiliated faculty union, which is striking over the imposition of a contract that it did not approve, said in a statement that it has negotiated fairly, offering “millions in financial concessions to settle the dispute.” Wright State’s “true agenda is clear -- attack faculty collective bargaining rights,” it said.

Bauguess said that the university is “looking forward to bringing in more, qualified instructors to provide instruction to our students as we move forward.” Wright State values its professors and has “engaged them in good faith throughout this process,” he said, but the strike does not change the university's “obligations to its students, the taxpayers and our community to continue operating the university.”

February 6, 2019

Two weeks ago, the president of Lindenwood University Belleville left his position after going on administrative leave. Now, Michael Shonrock, the president of the Missouri-based Lindenwood University System, has been placed on administrative leave, The Belleville News-Democrat reported. No reason has been given.

February 6, 2019

Cynthia A. Littlefield (right), vice president for federal relations at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, died Tuesday. Littlefield, known familiarly to many in federal policy circles as Cyndy, started work at the association in 1996, and she was known for her expertise on the intricacies of federal policy on student aid. She was active in many efforts to increase federal budgets for aid programs that serve disadvantaged students at all kinds of institutions.

February 6, 2019

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to release today our latest print-on-demand compilation, "High-Impact Practices for Student Success." You may download a copy here, free. And you may sign up here for a free webcast on the themes of the booklet on Tuesday, March 5, at 2 p.m. Eastern.

February 6, 2019

Malone University announced that it is ending intercollegiate football. The university said that it was trying to eliminate a structural deficit facing the institution and that eliminating football would save $1 million annually.

February 6, 2019

About a third of high school students took courses for college credit, according to a nationally representative study from the U.S. Department of Education. The new dual-enrollment data are based on a 2009 study of more than 23,000 ninth graders, whom the department surveyed again in following years.

The study found that students whose parents had higher levels of education were more likely to take courses for college credit while they were in high school. For example, 42 percent of high school students whose parents held at least a bachelor's degree took college courses, compared to 26 percent whose parents did not hold a high school credential. In addition, the study found that a lower percentage of Latino high school students (30 percent) and black students (27 percent) took dual-enrollment courses than did white or Asian American students (both 38 percent).

The study also looked at the location or delivery method for dual-enrollment courses (see below).

February 6, 2019

After weighing a sale of Walden University, Laureate Education has decided not to sell the online institution, the for-profit higher education company announced Tuesday.

"After a thorough review, we have determined it is in the best interest of Walden’s students, the university itself and other key stakeholders, including our shareholders, for Laureate to retain Walden," said Eilif Serck-Hanssen, Laureate's chief executive officer. "We believe that at this time Laureate is best positioned to support Walden in its strategy to maintain its leadership position in the working professional segment in the U.S."

The announcement came as Laureate finalized the sale of its University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences division to Altas Partners for $400 million.

February 6, 2019

The American Indian College Fund has published a new guide, "Creating Visibility and Healthy Learning Environments for Native Americans in Higher Education." The guide was prompted by an incident at Colorado State University, in which the police were called about two Native American students on a college tour, doing nothing wrong.

February 6, 2019

It seemed like the opening of a horror movie: a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro couldn’t find her belongings and discovered handprints on her bathroom wall. She believed she was being haunted.

But she shouldn’t have been afraid of no ghost -- there was man hiding in her closet.

Fox 8 reported that on Saturday, the student, a junior at the university identified as Maddie, heard a rattling in her closet at the Edge apartments, housing just for college students in Greensboro.

Maddie told the TV station that the noise sounded like a raccoon. She asked, “Who’s there?” And someone answered, “Oh, my name is Drew.”

She opened the door to find Andrew Clyde Swofford, 30.

“I open the door and he’s in there, wearing all of my clothes. My socks. My shoes. And he has a book bag full of my clothes,” Maddie said.

Police arrested Swofford later that afternoon. Maddie called her boyfriend before officers arrived and kept Swofford distracted. She said that Swofford tried on a hat and asked to give her a hug, but he never touched her or was violent.

Maddie was unclear on how Swofford broke in.

He was jailed in Guilford County on a $26,600 bail. Maddie and her roommate intend to move out, the TV station reported.

February 6, 2019

Today on the Academic Minute, Jessica Kendorski, professor in the department of school psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, explains how mindfulness is not just for adults. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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