Feds take down a for-profit over job-placement rates as gainful-employment rules loom

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Education Department turns up heat on for-profits with job-placement-rate scrutiny, three months before gainful-employment rules kick in. But lack of federal standards for placement rates causes confusion.

Catholic U of America Orders Layoffs and Buyouts

Catholic University of America has eliminated 37 positions through buyouts and layoffs, The Washington Post reported. The university is trying to cut costs in the wake of declining enrollment in its law school and architecture school.


Ohio bill would effectively bar faculty unions at public colleges

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Ohio budget bill proposes a ban on full-time-faculty unions at public institutions where professors do nearly anything beyond teaching and research.

New presidents or provosts: Baylor Campbell Cape Breton Geneseo War College William Mitchell

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  • Denise A. Battles, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, has been chosen as president of the State University of New York at Geneseo.

William and Mary Faces Fourth Suicide This Year

Four student suicides this year have shaken the College of William and Mary and led to a debate on campus about stress and student mental health, The Washington Post reported. Several campuses this year have struggled with the issue of multiple suicides.


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Federal Probe of College of DuPage

Federal prosecutors have started an investigation of the College of DuPage, The Chicago Tribune reported. Subpoenas were issued this week seeking documents about spending, as the college has faced questions from internal and external critics about numerous spending decisions. College officials said they are cooperating and do not believe they have done anything improper.



Report: Wealthiest Colleges Get More Wealthy

A report being issued today by Moody’s finds that the wealthiest American colleges and universities are getting wealthier at a faster rate than other institutions, The Wall Street Journal reported. This is largely a continuation of a longtime trend. The wealthiest institutions are elite universities that attract large donations and use sophisticated investment strategies that rarely are available to institutions with small endowments. The new Moody's report says the wealthiest 10 universities in fiscal 2014 held almost one-third of cash and investments at four-year colleges and universities, while the top 40 had two-thirds.

ACT's New Model of College and Career Readiness

ACT on Wednesday released a paper that seeks to define workplace readiness. The nonprofit testing firm also called for a new model of college and career readiness that argues that the skills needed in those two areas, while overlapping, are distinct. And measurements of readiness must include both academic and nonacademic skills, the paper said.

According to the report, four categories of skills contribute to success after high school. They are core academic skills, cross-cutting capabilities such as critical thinking, behavioral skills and navigation skills.

All 3 Oregon Basketball Players Suspended Over Sexual Assault Find New Teams

A former University of Oregon basketball player suspended over sexual assault allegations will soon play the sport for the University of Houston, the Houston Chronicle reported. The player, Damyean Dotson, was one of three members of the Oregon basketball team who were accused of sexually assaulting a female student. They were suspended for up to 10 years by the university. All three players have now found new college teams to play for.

The female student is suing the Oregon and its men's basketball coach, alleging that they recruited one of the players, Brandon Austin, knowing that he had previously been accused of sexual assault and suspended from Providence College. The suit also alleges that the university scrubbed the players' transcripts of any references to sexual misconduct, making it easier for them to transfer to play elsewhere.

Austin was able transfer again, this time to Northwest Florida State College, where he is now a member of the basketball team. Steve DeMeo, Northwest Florida State's head basketball coach, has acknowledged Austin's previous suspensions, saying at the time of the transfer that "the college has decided to give this young man an opportunity to continue his education." The third player, Dominic Artis, is now a basketball player at Diablo Valley College.

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Education Dept. Approves Two More Direct-Assessment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education has granted federal aid eligibility to two new academic programs that do not rely on the credit hour -- a form of competency-based education called direct assessment. So far six institutions have earned approval from the department and regional accreditors for direct-assessment programs.

Walden University, a for-profit institution that Laureate Education owns, announced on Tuesday that the department approved its new competency-based master's degree in early childhood studies. The university offers the degree through its Tempo Learning program, in which it said "students can progress at their own pace by applying their existing knowledge and prior experience while focusing on mastering the skills they need to meet the demands of the workforce."

The Texas State College System last October got a green light from the department for its competency-based certificate in industrial systems technology, according to a spokeswoman for the system. The 27-credit program features training in electrical and computer systems. Students work at their own pace and can earn a certificate in two semesters or less. The credential appears to be the first department-approved direct-assessment program to feature face-to-face instruction.


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