Speedy Departure for Columbus Art College President

Thomas White has resigned as president of the Columbus College of Art & Design after only eight months in office, The Columbus Dispatch reported. There has been no public explanation of his departure. But the article noted controversy over his decision to replace the college's marketing department by outsourcing the work. And some feared that White was not a supporter of the fine arts programs.

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Fight Escalates Over U. of California Admissions, Budgets

Tensions between the University of California System and state leaders escalated Tuesday, The Sacramento Bee reported. State officials have been pushing the university system to shift some admissions slots from out-of-state applicants to Californians. But in legislative testimony Tuesday, UC President Janet Napolitano said that the university could not increase in-state enrollment at current budget levels. “We will not be admitting students that we don’t know that we actually have funding for,” she said. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins called Napolitano's statement "UC’s latest attempt to use students as bargaining chips.”


Clarkson U., Union Graduate College Explore Merger

Clarkson University and Union Graduate College on Monday announced discussions on possibly merging their graduate programs. Clarkson has a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Union, a free-standing institution that grew out of Union College, offers only graduate programs. A statement from the institutions said: "Clarkson’s national reputation in engineering, science and management would reinforce Union Graduate College’s strengths in those related disciplines, and offer additional resources to benefit students and alumni of each school. Meanwhile, Union Graduate College’s well-regarded programs in bioethics, healthcare management and education would allow Clarkson to expand its graduate offerings, which also include accredited programs in physical therapy and physician assistant studies."



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Tennessee Temple U. Expected to Shut Down

Tennessee Temple University, a small Baptist college in Chattanooga, is expected to announce today that it will shut down and merge remaining operations with Piedmont International University, a Christian college in Winston-Salem, N.C., The Chattanoogan reported. Tennessee Temple has about 300 students. The institution had hoped to buy land and move, but was unable to raise the necessary funds.


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Purdue Backs Down on Changes in Policy on Time Off

Purdue University announced Monday that it was backing down on planned changes in the policies about paid time off. The university proposed a system that it said would be more straightforward than the current system, but employees counted the days and found that their possible paid time off would shrink. On Friday, hundreds packed a meeting to express frustrations over the plan. On Monday, the university sent a letter to employees saying that the planned changes would be put on a "pause." While changes haven't been determined, the letter said that in revised plans, "the number of allotted days will be increased."


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Grinnell Asks to Be Investigated by Office for Civil Rights

Grinnell College, a private liberal arts college in Iowa, has preemptively asked the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to investigate how it has handled cases of sexual assault. OCR is currently investigating more than 100 institutions for potential Title IX violations, but Grinnell is not on that list. “If Grinnell has fallen short at any point, I want to know about it now, continue to address the problems, and make things right for our students,” Raynard Kington, the college's president, said in a statement announcing the request. “This is not possible to ascertain in the court of public opinion, but it is possible with OCR’s review and guidance."

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Documentary on campus sexual assault drops claim that 35 colleges declined interviews

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The film originally claimed that the "presidents or chancellors of UNC, Harvard, Notre Dame, Florida State, Berkeley, Occidental and more than 35 other schools all declined to be interviewed." It's no longer making that claim.

Study Notes Demands on Institutional Research

Institutional research offices, at the campus and system levels, are facing increased pressure, but are not generally being provided with the resources they need, according to a new study by the National Association of System Heads. The report notes that IR offices were once viewed by many as assuring compliance with various regulations about submission of data. Increasingly, however, these offices are central to institutional and state efforts to track student completion, performance and other education-related metrics.

But the report expresses fears that these offices aren't receiving the full support (financial and otherwise) that they need. The field is "at best unevenly positioned to support change," the report says. Data that could be meaningful are in many cases not collected or not collected in ways that promote analysis, it adds. The overall ability of IR offices to look at data in ways appropriate to the needs of higher education is "nascent at best," the report says.


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UNC board kills 3 centers amid criticism that the action violates academic freedom

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Vote follows vocal protests and sets off more opposition. Head of poverty research center, one of the targets, announces that he has raised private money to continue work -- and dares board to try to stop him.

Study finds gains in college administrators' salaries

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Senior officials see salary gains, with those at public institutions having slightly larger raises.


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