More college basketball players -- men and women -- are suffering concussions, the Associated Press reported, based on data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. While concussions are more commonly associated with sports like football and hockey, head injuries are on the rise in basketball, in part because larger athletes are playing. As one coach told the AP: “Guys are so big and so strong, the collisions are going to be bigger. If a Volkswagen hits a Volkswagen, it’s a big deal. But if a dump truck hits a dump truck, there’s more damage.”
Higher Education Quick Takes
Education Secretary Arne Duncan will announce today that the U.S. Education Department will begin a broad series of civil rights compliance reviews of school districts and colleges, The New York Times reported. The reviews, which will include six as-yet unidentified postsecondary institutions and 32 K-12 districts, will examine a wide range of issues, including racial and gender discrimination and treatment of students with disabilities, according to a draft of Duncan's speech reviewed by the Times and The Washington Post.
A former police officer in Philadelphia is facing extortion charges over an unconventional approach to dealing with his son's unpaid dormitory bill. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Vincent Gaudini Sr. is alleged to have sent Harcum College (his alma mater in addition to being the place his son enrolled at and failed to pay) e-mails saying he would tell authorities about drugs and guns on campus -- unless his son's bill became "a zero balance." College officials and Gaudini declined to comment.
The Faculty Senate at Stanford University last week voted to create a committee to study the feasibility of returning Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs to the campus. Stanford's ROTC units were phased out in the early 1970s amid faculty questions about requirements and campus opposition to the Vietnam War. More recently, the university and many others have indicated that they don't want programs on campus that discriminate against gay people, as the military does. But Stanford officials said that with the likely end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the next year or so, the time is right to reconsider the issue. Currently, a small number of Stanford students are in ROTC, but they must participate through programs at nearby universities, not on their home campus.
Edison State College, a Florida institution that was once a community college and now offers some four-year degrees as well, is planning to create a private college that will offer bachelor's and master's degrees, The Fort Myers News-Press reported. Edison State officials note that state regulations limit the four-year degrees it can offer, and say that many of the college's associate degree graduates want to continue their educations, but local institutions are at capacity.
Enrollments are up 20 percent in doctoral nursing programs, according to data released last week by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The increase is important, according to nursing educators, because enrollments in undergraduate programs are increasing only modestly -- despite demand for more nurses -- because of shortages of faculty members. The association estimates that more than 54,000 qualified applicants to nursing programs were turned away.
Business schools are seeing some improvements in what has been a dismal job and internship market for their students, The New York Times reported. At the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, for example, the number of banks doing interviews is up 20 percent and the number of job offers is up 33 percent.
An unusual clash between a professor and student at Portland State University is examined in an in-depth article in The Oregonian. The professor has been suspended, amid allegations that he violated the privacy of the student by suggesting that he was a government informant and could be dangerous. While some believe the professor went too far, without evidence, others think he was trying to point out a potential danger to students and the university, and is being unfairly punished.
Ashland University said Thursday that it would acquire the nursing school run by a nearby hospital system and absorb it into its own nursing program. Under the agreement, which would take effect July 1, Ashland would take over the MedCentral College of Nursing, now part of MedCentral Health System of Mansfield, and create its own College of Nursing, operating both on its home campus and at MedCentral's current site, in Mansfield. Ashland and MedCentral are both independent nonprofit institutions.
Wheaton College, in Illinois, will cut five sports at the end of the academic year. Athletics officials announced Tuesday that the college, a member of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will get rid of men’s and women’s golf, men’s tennis, men’s indoor track and women’s water polo. Tony Ladd, athletics director said, “Our athletics budget has been under increasing strain the past 10 years. While we’ve implemented several strategies to increase financial resources, we’ve had little success in making the kind of changes that would allow us to retain these programs.”