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Erskine President and Board Chair Leaving

Both the president and the Board of Trustees Chairman are turning over at Erskine College, suddenly leaving the Christian institution in South Carolina without top leadership just months after it was roiled by proposals to split off its seminary.

Board Chairman Ron Vigus has resigned from the role effective immediately, a college spokesman confirmed Tuesday. The resignation came as President Paul Kooistra plans to accelerate a retirement that was only recently announced. On Thursday Erskine announced that Kooistra, who started as president in August of 2014, would continue to lead the college as it carried out a six-to-18-month search for a new permanent president. But Kooistra now plans to step down no later than Oct. 31. Kooistra said in a letter he decided on the shorter time frame for personal reasons. No reason was given for the sudden change in board chair.

Erskine, affiliated with the conservative Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, has been home to no shortage of change in recent years. Earlier this year it was pushed to explore splitting from its seminary in what would be a move running counter to a trend of consolidation between seminaries and institutions. In 2014 it struggled to find a president who met religious standards.

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Advice for avoiding conflict through emails (essay)

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Engaging in conflict via email rarely results in a good resolution, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore, who offers advice on how to avoid it.

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Military Students More Likely to Attend For-Profits and Online

Newly released federal data show the enrollment patterns of the 1.1 million military and veteran students who were attending college in 2012, the most recent year covered by the report from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

During the four years before 2012, the percentage of military undergraduates attending for-profit institutions increased to 24 percent from 14 percent, the report said, while the percentage attending community colleges declined to 37 percent from 42 percent.

In addition, both undergraduate and graduate military students were more likely to enroll in online programs than their nonmilitary peers. The report found that 18 percent of military undergraduates took all of their courses online, compared with 12 percent of their nonmilitary peers. Among military graduate students, 41 percent attended fully online compared to 19 percent of nonmilitary graduate students.

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ABA is taken to task by feds and critics on law school student outcomes

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The American Bar Association takes a hard line on two law schools' admissions standards amid criticism that the group's accrediting arm is not doing enough to help struggling law-school graduates.

Dean allegedly shot by a fired professor

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Faculty member sued -- and lost -- after he was dismissed for research misconduct.

 

Advice for writing thoughtful rejection letters (essay)

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A rejection letter is often the last impression an institution leaves on the job candidate, writes Maria Shine Stewart. so why not make it a good one?

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Incarnate Word President Fired

The University of the Incarnate Word fired longtime President Louis J. Agnese Jr. Monday, ending the three-decade tenure of the president days after it was revealed that he'd been accused of making offensive remarks about African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Mormons and a student with low test scores.

“The board voted unanimously today to remove Dr. Agnese from the office of president, permanently, effective immediately,” university board President Charles Lutz said, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The board made its decision in a closed-door afternoon meeting. The decision was unanimous.

Earlier in August Agnese, 65, had been placed on a 90-day medical leave due to what a board announcement called “sporadic uncharacteristic behavior and comments" causing “considerable concern for his well-being.” Agnese initially threatened a lawsuit but later backed off of those comments. The board's comments at the time did not point to a specific incident, prompting broader discussion about length of tenure and health among university presidents.

Agnese, known as a colorful and even blunt character, oversaw the Roman Catholic university in San Antonio since 1985, steering it through significant growth from 1,300 students in 1985 to nearly 11,000 in 2015.

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Two Ithaca Students Stabbed -- One Fatally -- at Cornell

Two students at Ithaca College were stabbed -- one of them fatally -- at Cornell University early Sunday morning. Officials from the Ithaca Police Department arrived on the Cornell campus just before 2 a.m. and responding to reports of "a large fight" and found the two men who had been stabbed. The fight followed a student-organized event at Cornell. The injured student was hospitalized, treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. A statement from Ithaca College identified the student who was killed as Anthony Nazaire. The statement said: "Anthony was a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in business administration from Brooklyn, N.Y. He graduated from Brooklyn Theater Arts High School, and at IC he was a member of the executive board of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization dedicated to empowering men of color on our campus."

 

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U New Mexico Moves to Fire Professor Previously Censured for Harassment

The University of New Mexico wants to terminate a professor accused of sexual harassment whom it previously had decided to censure instead, The Albuquerque Journal reported. Cristobal Valencia, an assistant professor anthropology, was due to return to the classroom this fall, following a paid suspension last semester and a note of censure. But the university changed course after media reports about the case and, according to New Mexico officials, new allegations of harassment emerged. The university said it was reopening its investigation into Valencia earlier this month, and soon moved to suspend him anew.

“The anthropology chair, along with the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will continue to work with faculty and students in the department as part of their ongoing efforts to provide academic support and counseling to students requesting it, and to increase education and prevention efforts in future,” Dianne Anderson, spokesperson, said in a statement to the Journal. Neither Valencia nor his attorney returned the newspaper’s requests for comment. 

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Volleyball Coach Resigns After 8 Players Hospitalized

Texas Woman's University announced Saturday that Shelly Barberee has resigned as head volleyball coach "to focus on personal matters." A statement from Barberee said that her resignation had no relationship to the recent hospitalization of eight of her players, and that since August 12, she has been on leave and not playing a role in the workouts.

The resignation was announced the day after the university said that the hospitalizations were due to rhabdomyolysis, a condition that involves breakdown of muscle tissue. “Although the investigation remains underway, Texas Woman’s University’s initial belief is that overexertion coupled with dehydration during practices last week caused these student-athletes to experience rhabdomyolysis,” said a statement from Monica Mendez-Grant, vice president for student life.

 

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