Many colleges in New England, the New York area and New Jersey are closed today due to the massive blizzard in the region. Smith College decided to announce its decisions on second-round early-decision applications Monday night instead of Tuesday (as scheduled) because of the blizzard. One of the few colleges in the region affirming the possibility of classes today was Bates College, which announced that classes will be held unless called off by the instructor. Perhaps to inspire students or instructors, the college illustrated this news item with a photo of students making their way to class in a 2011 blizzard.
"The Hunting Ground," a new documentary on sexual assaults on campus, had its debut Friday at Sundance and stunned many in the audience with the stories of women who had been sexually assaulted. The woman who without success has tried to bring charges against Jameis Winston, a football star at Florida State University, speaks publicly and at length for the first time.
The New York Times reported that "audience members repeatedly gasped as student after student spoke on camera about being sexually assaulted — and being subsequently ignored or run through endless hoops by college administrators concerned about keeping rape statistics low." The Los Angeles Times called the documentary "a devastating indictment of the plague of rapes on campuses." The Daily Beast detailed the portion of the film about the Winston case. (NOTE: This paragraph has been updated to remove a suggestion in the film, since determined to be incorrect, that no college presidents would agree to be interviewed on camera.)
The documentary will appear on CNN and also in theaters. The trailer follows.
A national poll of college and high school students about college ratings systems finds that the two factors in which they are most interested are the percentage of students working in their field one and five years after graduation, and the ability of graduates to repay their loans. The poll was released this week by Chegg, a company that offers textbook rentals and other services to students. The poll also found that despite the considerable debate within higher education about the Obama administration's proposed college ratings system, relatively few college students are aware of it. Eleven percent of high school students and 13 percent of college students said that they were aware of the proposal.
The board of the College of DuPage on Thursday approved a $750,000 payment to President Robert Breuder next year (roughly twice his base pay) when he retires, The Chicago Tribune reported. While board members praised Breuder, the agreement follows Tribune articles questioning financial and management decisions at the college, and a faculty vote of no confidence.
The University of California Board of Regents on Thursday tabled a proposal to require that any bonuses coaches receive based on athletic performance be linked to meeting certain academic requirements, The Los Angeles Times reported. Some board members said that the academic standards were too low to be meaningful. Others said that the requirement could hurt recruiting, or could create incentives for athletes to be encouraged to avoid majors in which it might be difficult for them to earn good grades.