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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 3:00am

Campbellsville University is seeking to change its relationship with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, such that the university's board would pick its own members and could permit non-Baptists to serve, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The convention opposes the plan, which could endanger the $1 million that the convention gives the university each year. The university's budget is roughly $57 million.

 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Zev Williams, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, women’s health and genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, explains a process known as rescue karyotyping, which allows doctors to look back into the genetic history of a miscarriage. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:00am

The University of California at Los Angeles has agreed to pay $500,000 to settled complaints of use of excessive force and racial profiling against a black judge during a traffic stop, The Los Angles Times reported. The UCLA Black Alumni Association will receive $350,000 of the payment, to be used for scholarships. UCLA has also agreed to hold a one-day forum on police-community relations, including the issue of racial profiling.

 

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 4:25am

A prominent article in The New York Times offers a highly critical look at how Hobart and William Smith Colleges handled a student's complaint that she was sexually assaulted by three football players. The article describes how the college quickly cleared the players -- and physical evidence that emerged backing the female student's complaints. The article also describes how the student felt her privacy was violated, and how she was subject to threats and harassment for having brought the charges.

Hobart on Sunday issued a statement disputing many points in the article. The statement said, for example, that while the article portrayed the case as one in which local authorities were not contacted initially, the local police were contacted within one hour of the report received by the college. The statement says that the college takes sexual assault cases seriously, and that in the past two years, Hobart has adjudicated seven charges of sexual misconduct, four of which led to students being "permanently separated" from Hobart.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 4:21am

A recent Internal Revenue Service audit of Ohio University has determined that President Roderick Davis should pay personal income taxes on the benefit of living in the presidential home, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The university's board responded by giving Davis extra funds to pay the taxes. But the article noted that other Ohio colleges and university presidents who live in presidential homes don't pay taxes on the benefit.

 

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:00am

A California court on Friday rejected a request by the state's attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, who had sought an injunction to require Corinthian Colleges to disclose more information to prospective students about the company's dismantling. The filing was an addition to a larger lawsuit Harris previously filed against the for-profit chain. That legal challenge includes a wide range of allegations about deceptive marketing and job placement claims. The Superior Court of San Francisco is slated to consider the lawsuit in August.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:00am

Research organizations are criticizing legislation pending in Congress that would reauthorize the U.S. Department of Education's research arm, arguing that the measure contains provisions that would weaken the National Center for Education Statistics.  

In a letter to the the chair and ranking member of the Senate education committee last week, the American Educational Research Association and several other groups said that the bill would "diminish the autonomy, authority, and stature of the National Center for Education Statistics." Among the groups' specific concerns is the fact that the bill would give the Institute of Education Sciences, the parent department of the NCES, more authority over NCES activities. 

The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year on a voice vote. It now heads to the Senate education committee. 

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:00am

Both The Texas Monthly and The Dallas Morning News are reporting that two candidates have emerged as favorites as the University of Texas System Board of Regents seeks a system chancellor to succeed Francisco Cigarroa, who plans to return to academic medicine. The two candidates are Richard W. Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and Admiral William McRaven. The Morning News article said other candidates were still being considered.

If the job goes to Fisher or McRaven, that would continue a trend in recent years of higher ed system head positions in Texas going to people with experience primarily outside of academe.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 3:00am

New on "This Week," Inside Higher Ed's podcast on the events of the week:

  • A discussion with Hunter Rawlings III, president of the Association of American Universities, on the push to oust Bill Powers as president of the University of Texas at Austin.
  • A discussion with Laura Dunn of SurvJustice and Kevin Kruger of NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education on Senator Claire McCaskill's study of how colleges prevent and respond to sexual assault.

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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 4:16am

Debt settlement companies offer, for a fee, to help those in debt lower their monthly payments, and some of the businesses have been criticized over the years as not really helping borrowers. The New York Times reported that these companies, which have focused on credit card and mortgage debt, now see those with student loan debt as potential customers, and are increasingly going after that business.

 

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