Survey on Athletic Directors' Spending Plans

Half of athletic directors plan on investing at least $25 million in athletic facilities over the next five years, according to a new survey. The survey, conducted by Ohio University and AECOM, a provider of sports venue design and construction, included responses from 87 Division I athletic directors, including 37 from Football Bowl Subdivision institutions.

Nearly every respondent said they planned on investing at least $500,000 in facilities over the next five years, and about 30 percent said they planned on investing more than $50 million. Last year, 21 percent of athletic directors planned on investing more than $50 million over five years. Premium seating and concessions, the survey found, ranked highest in importance for athletic directors, followed by training facilities and academic spaces, respectively.

Three-quarters of respondents said their institutions began covering athletes' full cost of attendance this year, and 27 percent of those athletic directors said the new expense affected their ability to invest in facilities.

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Historian discusses his new book on the way courts have treated issues of college access

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Historian discusses his new book on how courts in the United States have treated cases involving access to higher education.

New presidents or provosts: Augusta Columbus CCRI Humboldt Park St. Mary's Stockton Towson Trent

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  • James F. Conneely, senior consultant at Keeling & Associates and former president of Notre Dame University of Maryland, has been chosen as president of the University of Maine at Augusta.
  • Melanie Corn, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at California College of the Arts, has been appointed president of Columbus College of Art & Design, in Ohio.

Spread of emergency aid and microgrants show strong results

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Interest builds for microgrants aimed at students with money problems -- sometimes awards as small as $300 -- which can have a big impact in promoting graduation.

UNC Greensboro Drops Name of Racist on Auditorium

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro's board voted last week to change the name of the Aycock Auditorium (right), which has honored Charles B. Aycock, who served as governor of North Carolina from 1901 to 1905. Aycock was a supporter of public education -- for white people -- but was a white supremacist who pushed to limit rights for black people. The university is starting a process to determine a new name for the auditorium. Duke University changed the name of a residence hall honoring Aycock in 2014.

Why Is Inver Hills Banning Union Activist From Campus?

Inver Hills Community College, in Minnesota, has placed Dave Berger, a faculty member in sociology, on leave and barred him from campus. The move is raising questions, The Star Tribune reported, because Berger is the grievance representative of the faculty union and the move follows a faculty vote of no confidence in President Tim Wynes. Berger said he hasn't been told why the college placed him on leave. The college says it cannot discuss details, but that the reason has nothing to do with Berger's union activism.

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Louisville President, Under Fire, Plans to Stay Until 2020

James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville, said Thursday that he plans to remain in office until 2020, The Courier-Journal reported. “I’ve got a contract until 2020. And right now, while I’ve been thinking about retirement, I’m 67, I’m planning on staying at this time to finish my contract,” Ramsey told reporters.

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Research on mental health struggles of health professions students is clear, but stigma persists

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It's widely known that doctors and health professions students suffer from high rates of depression, but their busy schedules and the stigma surrounding mental health still prevent many from seeking help.

Montana Will Pay $245K to Athlete Accused of Rape

The state of Montana will pay $245,000 to Jordan Johnson, who was a quarterback for the University of Montana and who accused the institution of bias and irregularities in charging him with rape, The Billings Gazette reported. The Johnson case was part of a series of incidents that led to federal investigations of the university and widespread accusations that it did not properly investigate sexual assault cases, especially those involving athletes. But when Johnson was charged in state court with rape, a jury acquitted him and he then sued the university and several of its officials, a suit that will be dropped in return for the settlement payment.

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Indiana U Will Review 18 Sexual Misconduct Cases

Indiana University at Bloomington plans to review 18 sexual misconduct cases on which a member of the hearing board was Jason Casares, an associate dean of students and deputy Title IX coordinator, who was recently accused of sexual assault, the Associated Press reported. The accusations, which Casares denies, have attracted widespread attention because they were made by the president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration against Casares, who formerly had that title. Indiana has also placed him on leave, pending a full investigation.

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