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Report Reviews Challenges Facing Higher Ed in California

California is falling behind in its ability to provide higher education to its state's citizens, particularly those who enroll outside the elite public and private universities found in the state, according to a report released Tuesday. "Boosting California's Postsecondary Education Performance," from the Committee for Economic Development, reviews the financial, economic and demographic challenges facing the state's colleges and universities and finds that much of the stress is on access institutions that most students attend. Given limited chances for significant infusions of new funds, the report suggests that new ways of providing education will be key. "Without quantum increases in educational access, productivity, and effectiveness of the state’s postsecondary institutions, particularly those with broad-access missions, there is little likelihood that California will have the human capital to compete successfully in the global economy or assure its citizens access to economic prosperity and a middle-class life."

 

Employee Stole $5 Million From Medical School Group

A former administrative employee admitted in federal court Monday that she stole more than $5 million from the Association of American Medical Colleges, The Washington Post reported. The woman was fired when the graft was discovered. Authorities said that she created bank accounts with names similar to those of groups with which the AAMC does business. She then created fake invoices for those entities, paid the funds to the accounts and had access to the money.

 

President of Texas' Sul Ross State U. Resigns

The president of 2,700-student Sul Ross State University resigned, the Texas State University System announced Monday.

Ricardo Maestas had been president of Sul Ross since 2009 and has been reassigned as a special assistant to the system chancellor. No reason was given by the system for his resignation. Quint Thurman, the provost at Sul Ross, will be interim president while the system begins an immediate search for a new president.

The Texas Tribune reported that “parents and community members have continued to raise concerns about Maestas' leadership, particularly his lack of responsiveness to questions about the treatment of student athletes and financial management within the athletic department.” Last week, the news organization said, Maestas let go of the football coaching staff.

Sul Ross has a main campus in Alpine, a town in West Texas, and three satellite campuses collectively known as Rio Grande College.

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Meningitis update: more unlicensed vaccine use possible; stay vigilant over holiday break

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As the Princeton cases grow and Thanksgiving holiday approaches, CDC prepares for potentially wider use of an unlicensed vaccine and campus officials nationwide warn students to take precautions.

Maryland Appeals Court Backs Hopkins in Land Dispute

A Maryland appeals court has turned down a challenge to the right of Johns Hopkins University to develop land it purchased at below-market rates in 1989, The Baltimore Sun reported. The family of the woman who made the deal said that she never would have done so unless she believed the farmland would never be developed. But the appeals court said that the university was within its rights to develop the land into a research park.

 

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Essay on lessons to be learned by a very short presidency at U. of Wyoming

Susan Resneck Pierce looks at a very short-term presidency and asks if there are lessons about how a new campus leader can promote change and build support for a new agenda.

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More Meningitis Cases on Campuses

Princeton University has been facing an unusual outbreak of meningitis cases in recent months. In recent days, two other campuses have reported meningitis cases. Monmouth University, like Princeton in New Jersey, has reported that an employee is "gravely ill," The Star-Ledger reported. Across the country, three students at the University of California at Santa Barbara are suffering from meningitis, the Associated Press reported. More than 300 students who had contacts with those who are ill have been given antibiotics.

 

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NCAA Finds Staten Island Lacked Institutional Control

The College of Staten Island lacked institutional control over its athletics department, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Thursday, after the college's former men's swimming coach facilitated the visa process for five international prospects, signed housing leases and provided free living space for a handful of athletes, and lied to NCAA investigators while encouraging athletes to do the same. According to the public infractions report released by the Division III Committee on Infractions the coach, who the NCAA also cited with violation of ethical rules, also arranged for reduced-cost lifeguard certification classes for three athletes.

Under the NCAA's most serious charge, the college will face four years' probation, a two-year postseason ban for the men's swimming team, and a vacation of all individual records of the six athletes during the time they were receiving improper benefits and thus were ineligible for competition. The coach also faces a four-year show cause order (meaning his penalties will still stand at another institution), and was forced to vacate his conference Coach of the Year awards from 2007-11.

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UDC eliminates nearly 20 academic programs

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The University of the District of Columbia cuts 20 academic programs to fix its financial problems, drawing faculty complaints about process and outcome alike.

Leader of North Carolina Trustee Group Is Higher Ed Headhunter

The head of the group that represents North Carolina community colleges trustees is also a higher education headhunter, the Raleigh News & Observer reported this week.

The newspaper said the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees President Donny Hunter has interests that are "difficult to untangle." The paper said tax records show Hunter is paid $105,000 to be the association's president but also received nearly $118,000 from the association for services that included headhunting. Hunter said there is not a conflict of interest.

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