Criticism of St. Joseph's Plan to Deal With Deficit

Some students and faculty members at St. Joseph's University, in Pennsylvania, are concerned about plans to deal with a deficit by increasing enrollment, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The university is facing an $8.7 million budget shortfall. Administrators have already imposed budget cuts throughout the campus, and argue that they can deal with some of the remaining financial challenges by increasing this fall's freshman class from 1,275 to 1,500. Critics say such an increase will lead to larger class sizes and/or lower admissions standards.


Santa Clara Upholds Decision to End Abortion Coverage

Santa Clara University has announced that it is standing by a decision announced last year to end employee health coverage for elective abortions, Bay Area News Group reported. University officials have said that they are trying to uphold Roman Catholic teachings. But many faculty members have objected, saying that they were hired with the university knowing that they didn't necessarily embrace Catholic teachings, and that the university was sending a message that it does not value the diversity on its faculty.


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Federal campus safety rules reignite debate over standard of evidence

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An Education Department proposal on how colleges need to conduct campus disciplinary hearings involving sexual assault is sparking renewed debate over the standards of evidence in those proceedings. 

Temple Reinstates 2 Discontinued Sports Teams

At the request of President Neil D. Theobald, Temple University’s Board of Trustees voted Monday to reinstate its women’s rowing and men’s crew teams, after cutting the squads, along with five other sports, in December based on a recommendation by Athletics Director Kevin Clark. Although the cuts were motivated by both financial and Title IX considerations, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights announced last week it would investigate whether the university “is failing to provide equal athletic opportunity for female athletes compared to male athletes, with regard to locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities, housing and dining facilities and services, and in the area of athletic financial assistance.”

Campus officials had said the cost of renovating the crew and rowing teams’ facilities was too high to continue with the sports, but Theobald and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter also announced Monday that the city and a trustee have donated money to renovate the East Park Canoe House.

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New presidents provosts: Glen Oaks Imperial Mercy MSUN Nottingham Southeast Texas Tech Va Tech

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  • David Devier, vice president of academic and student affairs at Clark State Community College, in Ohio, has been named as president of Glen Oaks Community College, in Michigan.

Sexist, Homophobic Jokes by U. of Richmond Trustee

The University of Richmond is receiving scrutiny after one of its most generous donors and trustees, Paul Queally, was featured making sexist and homophobic jokes in a New York Magazine article about a gathering of wealthy business leaders (that they thought was private). Queally told The Richmond Times-Dispatch: "My brief remarks were in the spirit of the event but they do not reflect my views or my values. On reflection I should have said nothing. I understand that people who do not know me or my work may misinterpret what I said. I believe my record in support of education, diversity and economic advancement defines who I am and what I stand for." The university has not criticized the remarks, but did release a statement in which it said that the Richmond board “reaffirms the commitment of each of its members to promoting opportunity, inclusivity, civility and respect.”

Faculty members in the university's women's, gender and sexuality studies program have published a letter in the student newspaper that criticizes not only the jokes, but the university leadership's failure to see them as a serious problem. "Queally’s comments cannot be minimized as simply unfortunate," the letter says. "Nor is the central problem with his comments that they have generated negative attention to the university. Rather, the central problem with trustee Queally’s comments is that they contribute to the larger and quite insidious social discourse that dehumanizes women and LGBTQ people. His comments, in other words, contribute to human suffering. We, therefore, reiterate our call on senior leadership to allow the gravity of that insight to inform the content and urgency of its engagement with the university community."


Amid Fiscal Crisis, Mid-Continent U. President Quits

Robert Imhoff, president of Mid-Continent University, resigned Saturday amid reports that the Baptist institution in Kentucky is facing a severe financial crisis, WPSD News reported. At the same time, officials vowed to keep the university open. At least one trustee has suggested that the university may not be able to survive, and local colleges are looking at transfer options for those at Mid-Continent. Gale Hawkins, a trustee, shared this advice for students: "I just simply say, if it was my child or myself I would get the most current transcript I could get from the office today."

$75 Million Gift for U. of Florida Business School

The University of Florida on Friday announced its largest-ever gift: $75 million for its business school, The Gainesville Sun reported.


Wellesley President Defends Controversial Statue

Wellesley College's president, H. Kim Bottomly, has announced that she will not remove a controversial statue from a campus art exhibit, The Boston Globe reported. The statue is a realistic portrayal of a man in his underwear, sleepwalking, and many students have said that they find it disturbing. In a message to the campus, Bottomly said that “we cannot destroy the artistic integrity of this exhibition by moving the sculpture, and also, we must do everything we can to support those students who find themselves deeply affected by it.”

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Supporters of former football coach push him for Youngstown State presidency

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Amid controversy over premature departure of Youngstown State president, community leaders -- including a congressman -- push the football icon Jim Tressel for the university's top job.


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