Students at Illinois State University are protesting a $480,418 payout to Timothy Flanagan, who served as president for seven months before agreeing with board members that he should leave, The Chicago Tribune reported. He left amid an investigation of a confrontation with a grounds worker, although board members and Flanagan have (by mutual agreement) been silent over the reasons for his departure. Critics are questioning why, if it was appropriate for him to leave, he should get so much money. Students have carried signs at protests saying "Would you pay me to drop out?" and "Flanagan check = 10 full rides."
Faculty members at the University of Michigan have issued an open letter arguing that administrators' salaries have skyrocketed in recent years, while pay for professors has increased only modestly, MLive reported. The letter calls for a full investigation of the issue. A spokesman for the university said officials would investigate.
Brown University President Christina H. Paxson on Saturday released a statement pledging that the university was committed to preventing sexual assaults of students and punishing any who commit sexual assault. She also said that the university was reviewing its policies. "We are committed to taking aggressive steps to ensure that our campus is safe for everyone and as part of that, policies and procedures designed to keep our campus safe must be open to continuous review," Paxson wrote. "Such a review was already planned for the coming academic year. We are accelerating that review and it will include significant input from students."
The letter came amid widespread criticism of the university for suspending but not expelling a student found guilty of sexual misconduct. The story has led to campus protest and social mediagroups accusing Brown of, in effect, going easy on a rapist. The accused student, who had been planning to return to Brown and how has insisted that the sexual incident involved was consensual, announced Saturday that he does not plan to return to the university.
South Carolina State University is running out of money, and lacks the funds to make payroll next month, The Times and Democrat reported. Officials said the university nearly was unable to make payroll this month, but was saved by a commission check from Sodexo, the dining services contractor, which nearly didn't get paid because the university owes Sodexo $2.3 million. The historically black university is appealing to the General Assembly for $13.6 million for current bills and those about to be faced by the institution.
A Brown professor says she's sorry for unintentional plagiarism in her book, but that the thoughts were hers. While some in her department have expressed dismay, others say it's a mistake all too easily made.
Under a new governance structure endorsed by Division I leaders, universities in the five biggest conferences would be free to make their own rules to spend more money on athletes, and players and athletic directors would have unprecedented voting rights.
Authorities arrested 18 students Wednesday who refused to leave the area of the president's office at the University of Texas at Austin, The Austin American-Statesman reported. The protest was over a "shared services" plan in which certain functions that have been performed at the departmental level will instead be centralized. The plan is expected to save a lot of money, and also to eliminate many jobs. The university released this summary of the plan and its rationale, noting that it has not been finalized.
The American Council on Education on Wednesday named 31 faculty members and administrators as the next class of ACE Fellows. The program, which matches those with potential as administrators with successful presidents and others, is credited with launching many careers. More than 300 fellows have gone on to become presidents, and another 1,300 have become provosts, vice presidents or deans. The new class may be found here.