Barnard explores new divestment option over climate change concerns

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Barnard focuses on companies that deny science as it seeks to balance concern over climate change with financial responsibility and its own values.

Sheriff Will Train Professors as 'Special Deputies'

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will train faculty members at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., in law enforcement tactics and will consider them “special deputies” with the goal of stopping an active shooter, ABC News reported. The training will allow faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons on campus. "We know one more critical thing we can do to reduce the number of lives impacted in an active assailant incident is a shorter response time for the good guys to interrupt and stop the bad guy," Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference.

Trained employees will be considered “special deputies” with the limited purpose of providing university security, according to ABC News. “We are excited about this new program that will result in well-trained staff being available on campus to rapidly respond to any active assailant threat,” said Kent Ingle, university president.

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Minnesota football players end boycott as details emerge about why 10 players were suspended

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Boycott by football players focused on issues of due process for 10 suspended athletes. But as university's investigation into sexual assault revealed damning details, support for the athletes ebbed and boycott was dropped.

Alamo Colleges drop required 7 Habits course with reaccreditation at risk

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With reaccreditation at risk, Alamo Colleges drop course based on the 7 Habits self-help book that board had approved to replace a humanities requirement.

Under Fire, Riverside Provost Will Step Down

Paul J. D’Anieri (at right), provost at the University of California, Riverside, announced Friday that he will step down and return to a faculty role. D’Anieri has faced increasing criticism in the last month from faculty members, who say he has left them out of key budgeting and hiring decisions. In an email message to the campus, D'Anieri acknowledged the conflict. "I have come to recognize that we have significant differences in opinion on several fundamental issues, including the role of the provost in a large research university," he wrote. "These differences have made it difficult to achieve the level of unity that I believe we need to move forward on our ambitious agenda."

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Faculty object as legislators take trustee appointments away from North Carolina governor

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Faculty objected as legislators moved to strip trustee appointment powers from a governorship their party no longer controls.

National College Enrollments Continue to Slide

Overall college enrollments declined 1.4 percent this fall compared to one year ago, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, a dip of more than 270,000 students. Nationwide enrollments began their slide in 2012 and have now continued for the last 10 consecutive college terms.

The biggest drop this fall was in the for-profit sector, which saw a 14.5 percent decline. Community colleges experienced a 2.6 percent decline. Enrollments were down slightly (0.6 percent) at four-year private institutions and up a small amount (0.2 percent) at four-year public institutions.

“The trends of a declining adult student enrollment and the shrinking for-profit sector are now joined by stagnating numbers of new high school graduates. These forces show no sign of slowing and will continue to challenge institutions in their planning,” Doug Shapiro, executive research director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, said in a written statement. “The greatest decreases in enrollment are happening in the Northeast and Midwest, while the West and South are seeing increases.”

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Minnesota Football Players End Boycott

University of Minnesota football players on Saturday announced that they were ending their boycott of football activities, a boycott that they earlier suggested would extend to refusing to play in the Holiday Bowl.

The football players said they were boycotting to protest the suspension of 10 players on the team. The university did not announce a reason for the suspensions, but they are believed to be related to a sex assault investigation in which police declined to bring charges. A series of documents that have come out since the boycott started show that the university's investigation found that some suspended players violated rules barring sexual assault and others violated rules against sexual harassment.

Eric W. Kaler (right), president of the university, met with players after they declared their boycott but insisted that he would not reverse the suspensions, citing the importance of university "values" that may extend beyond legal standards of what constitutes criminal conduct.

In a statement released Friday, Kaler said, "One of my jobs as president is to put our institutional values at the forefront of all we do and ensure our actions are aligned with those values. This principle is far more important than any football game and the university community as a whole, and it is more important than any single athletic team. Some of the values that we hold, as a community, include: every member of the university community deserves to be treated with respect. Our student-athletes are important representatives of the university, and when they wear the M, they are held to a high standard of conduct. When the expectations for conduct are not met, there are consequences."

A statement from the football team announcing the end of the boycott started by declaring that "sexual harassment and violence against women have no place on this campus, on our team, in our society and at no time is it condoned." While the statement said the team members continue to have concerns about due process and "a lack of communication," it added that it has become clear the suspensions will not be lifted. The football players' statement said they were ending their boycott based on assurances that the suspended players would receive due process, and that support would be shown for the "character" of "the great majority" of players.

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Minnesota Football Players Boycott Team Activities

The football team at the University of Minnesota has announced it is boycotting all team activities to protest the suspension of 10 players, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The university did not announce a reason for the suspensions, but they are believed to be related to a sex assault investigation in which police declined to bring charges. The entire team's boycott could extend to an appearance in the Holiday Bowl.

A joint statement Thursday night from Eric Kaler, the president, and Mark Coyle, the athletic director, said that administrators would continue to discuss the football players' concerns. But the statement also defended the suspensions.

"We understand that a lot of confusion and frustration exists as a result of this week's suspension of 10 Gopher football players from all team activities," the statement said. "The reality is that not everyone can have all of the facts, and unfortunately the university cannot share more information due to federal laws regarding student privacy."

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Wage data's value in higher education are limited by geography and selectivity, study finds

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New study dumps cold water on the value of wage data to prospective students who are place bound and headed to less-selective colleges.


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