The University of Wisconsin System has a new president -- and like his two most recent predecessors, he was an internal candidate. The system's Board of Regents on Thursday selected Raymond W. Cross, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, as the system's new leader. Cross, who has been in Wisconsin since 2011, replaces Kevin C. Reilly, who resigned to take a leadership position at the American Council on Education after months of rocky relations with legislators over the system's finances.
Reilly had the same job -- as chancellor of the system's network of two-year colleges, online programs and community services -- before he became UW's president. His predecessor, Katherine C. Lyall, was the system's chief academic officer before she became president.
A state judge on Tuesday issued a ruling that will block about half of a controversial expansion plan by New York University, The New York Timesreported. The judge ruled that New York City lacked the legal authority to turn over three parks to NYU for the projects, and that such a deal required the approval of the New York Legislature. NYU has not said if it will appeal, but said that the ruling did not affect the largest part of the building project, a tower that could be as high as 26 stories. But critics of the plan said that the ruling essentially meant that the university has to restart the entire project approval process, since earlier approval was for a full plan, not just that tower.
A broad range of Tennessee institutions -- two-year and four-year, public and private -- are collaborating on a new "reverse transfer" program designed to allow students to receive associate degrees from their two-year college after they transfer to a four-year institution. A $400,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation will fund the program.
Each year, officials from the coalition of institutions said, about 2,300 of the students who transfer from Tennessee’s community colleges to four-year institutions are within 15 credit hours of the required 60 for an associate degree. The new online system will centralize transfer students’ academic histories, while mapping out an optional completion path toward obtaining the associate degree.
“We’re on the forefront of this technology, said Joe DiPietro, president of the University of Tennessee System. “We know that students who are awarded their associate’s degree while attending a four-year institution are more likely to receive their bachelor’s degree.”
The system, which doesn’t have a formal name yet, will let transfer students know when they have finished the associate degree requirements. As of now, nine public universities, 13 community colleges and eight private institutions are participating in this partnership. DiPietro said he expects the system to fully launch by spring of 2015.
Department chairs report professor incompetence in their institutions when administrative checks to tenure process are lacking, and the process favors publishing quantity over quality, new study finds.
With students away and many faculty members on vacation, what's a president to do? Troy D. Paino, president of Truman State University, posted this video to YouTube to give students a sense of what a president does when there's hardly anyone around.
A civil lawsuit in South Carolina against people associated with tailgating at a University of South Carolina football game is raising questions about these events, The State reported. The suit concerns the death of a man who was crushed after he fell -- during a fight -- under a pickup truck. The article notes that the two men in the fight didn't attend or intend to attend the actual football game. The death and the resulting legal dispute have "opened a window into a world of fan mania and marathon drinking by some tailgaters who never go inside the stadium to watch the game," the article said.
An investigation by Bloomberg has found that there have been a total of 60 fraternity-related deaths since 2005, and that 9 of those deaths have been at events linked to a single fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Colleges have suspended or closed at least 15 chapters in the past three years, and have disciplined more than 100 chapters since 2007. The article by Bloomberg also details hazing practices, describing an eight-week initiation at Salisbury University, for example, in which a pledge alleged and the university confirmed that fraternity members "forced pledges to drink until they almost passed out and dressed them in women’s clothing and diapers.... Fraternity members confined recruits for as long as nine hours in a dark basement without food, water or a bathroom, while blasting the same German rock song at ear-splitting volume."
Frank Ginocchio, SAE’s general counsel, told Bloomberg that the the deaths linked to events at the fraternity reflected a "perfect storm," not a problem with the organization. “We try, and we keep on trying,” Ginocchio said. “I don’t think our procedures, our rules and risk management are much different from any other fraternity. We’ve all had some bad cases and sad occurrences.” The fraternity says that it does not tolerate hazing.