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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 3:00am

The Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board has certified a union for nearly 500 non-tenure track faculty members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The organizing drive was by the Campus Faculty Association, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors.


Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 3:00am

An article by NPR explains a legal dispute between Duke University and heirs of John Wayne, sometimes known as "Duke" himself. The dispute concerns when the Duke name can be used, but the university wants it known that it is not trying to insult the memory of Wayne.

A spokesman for the university sent this email to Inside Higher Ed: "First, this is not a dispute about who owns the word 'Duke,' but rather a very specific situation that has been in negotiation for some time. Duke University does not object to use of 'The Duke' on liquor or other products that unmistakably connect that name to John Wayne through words or an image. This suit apparently seeks to establish the estate's ability to use the word even without an explicit connection to Mr. Wayne, which Duke University opposes. Note that we admire and respect John Wayne’s contributions to American culture, but we are also committed to protecting the integrity of Duke University’s trademarks. As Mr. Wayne himself once said, 'Words are what men live by … words they say and mean.’ "


Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 3:00am

Kim Myung-soo, a professor at Korea National University of Education and nominee for education minister of South Korea, is facing tough questions from legislators over plagiarism allegations, The Korea Herald reported. Kim is accused of plagiarizing papers he wrote that won him promotion to both associate and full professor and of having students write op-eds that appeared under his name, and of having students teach classes for him. Kim has denied wrongdoing and said that because the papers he is alleged to have plagiarized "contain information that is widely available," he doesn't "think that can be called plagiarism."

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 3:00am

Peter Savelyev, assistant professor of economics at Vanderbilt University, explains the long-term benefits of early learning. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 4:22am

Senator Claire McCaskill is set today to release her survey on campus practices related to sexual assault and she gave Bloomberg an early look at some data. The results show that one in five colleges do not provide faculty and staff members with training on how to respond to reports of sexual assault or issues faced by victims. In addition, the survey found that 31 percent of colleges don't train students on how to prevent sexual assaults and how to deal with assaults that do take place.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:00am

The U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees the budget for the National Endowment for the Humanities on Tuesday proposed legislation to reduce that agency’s funding by more than 5 percent in the coming fiscal year.

The Republican-led panel released the text of a funding measure, which would cut NEH’s budget by $8 million, ahead of a scheduled subcommittee vote on Wednesday. (A similar cut is proposed for the National Endowment for the Arts.)

The Obama administration had asked Congress to keep the federal humanities agency’s funding at its current $146 million. A budget blueprint released earlier this year by Representative Paul Ryan, the Republican who leads the House Budget Committee, proposed ending all federal funding to the NEH, which many members of his party have long derided as an unnecessary federal expenditure. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:00am

The regional accrediting commissions for New England and the Mid-Atlantic states placed several colleges on probation at their most recent meetings.

Burlington College, in Vermont, announced that it had been cited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges' Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for failing to meet the accreditor's standard for financial resources. College officials attributed the problem to debt the private four-year institution accumulated when it purchased property previously owned by a local diocese.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, meanwhile, placed three institutions on probation late last month: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, in Pennsylvania; New York's Unification Theological Seminary, and the University of the Potomac, in Washington. Harrisburg was cited for failing to meet the commission's standards on institutional resources and assessment of student learning; the Unification seminary for shortcomings on those two standards as well as others related to "mission and goals" and student admissions and retention; and University of the Potomac for planning and resource allocation, institutional resources), institutional assessment, and assessment of student learning.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:00am

One in five women and one in five black Ph.D. recipients in science, technology, engineering or math leave those fields for careers outside STEM, according to a new report from the American Institutes for Research. That's compared to one in six STEM Ph.D.s over all who leave the sciences for other careers. Women of all races are also significantly less likely to report research and development as a primary work activity. Lori Turk-Bicakci, lead author, said such "brain drain" restricts the potential advantages gained from diverse perspectives in STEM. Data was drawn from the National Science Foundation's longitudinal Survey of Doctorate Recipients; most of those surveyed have had their degrees for 10 years or more. The report says that 40 percent of those who leave STEM work in the private, for-profit sector. The report doesn't specify how many Ph.D. recipients working in academe in particular left the STEM fields.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:00am

Weeks after its annual gathering, Instructure, which produces Canvas, finds itself without a chief technology officer. Joel Dehlin's resignation came as a surprise to the company, said Devin Knighton, Instructure's director of public relations. The news was first reported by e-Literate. Dehlin joined the company in the summer of 2013. While the company searches for Dehlin's replacement, CTO duties will be handled by Instructure's vice presidents, Knighton said.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:00am

Case Western Reserve University has settled a law professor's lawsuit alleging that the institution retaliated against him for reporting alleged sexual harassment by its former law dean, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported. Raymond Ku, a professor and former associate dean at Case Western's law school, had alleged that he lost his administrative post after informing university administrators about incidents he and others witnessed in which then-Dean Lawrence Mitchell caressed a female staff member and made inappropriate sexual comments to others.

Mitchell later resigned, and Case cited inaccuracies in Kuh's lawsuit. But in a joint statement reported by the newspaper and published on the website of Kuh's lawyer, the university and Kuh said they had resolved their differences, and both sides said they believed the other had acted in the best interests of the university and its students.

Terms of the agreement were not revealed, except to note that Ku has been named director of the law school’s newly created Center for Cyberspace Law & Policy.


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