Marietta College Cuts 20 Full-Time Positions

Marietta College, a private institution in Ohio, is eliminating 20 full-time positions to deal with a budget shortfall, The Marietta Times reported. College officials said that they needed to make cuts to be able to make investments needed to promote the college's long-term sustainability.


Accreditation at Risk for Sojourner-Douglass College

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has told Sojourner-Douglass College that is has until September 1 to show why it should not lose its accreditation, The Baltimore Sun reported. The accreditor cited high debt and questions about financial viability. College officials did not respond to requests for comment.


Meningitis Suspected in Student Death

Stephanie Ross, an engineering student at Drexel University, died Monday in her sorority house, and meningitis is the suspected cause, reported. The university is offering preventive treatment to all who were in close contact with Ross.


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Loyola Marymount Adjuncts Withdraw NLRB Petition

Adjunct organizers at Loyola Marymount University have withdrawn their petition for a union election from the National Labor Relations Board, delaying their union bid for at least another six months. Voting was to have started last month but was delayed once already, after organizers filed an unfair labor practice claim alleging that Loyola Marymount administrators were interfering in the process. As evidence, they cited a series of information meetings on unions hosted by their individual colleges (an email invitation to one was obtained by Inside Higher Ed). Emily Hallock, an adjunct professor of political science at Loyola Marymount and an organizer who attended one of the meetings, said the tone was intimidating and not conducive to “free and fair” elections, as mandated by the National Labor Relations Act.

Hallock also said administrative influence in the unionization process shrank the pool of willing witnesses for the NLRB investigation into unfair labor practices. So adjunct organizers withdrew both the complaint and the election petition to focus on more education and outreach efforts before the adjuncts apply for an election once more. They must wait at least six months, according to NLRB policy. A university spokesman said NLRB had begun investigating the interference charges "but did not present [Loyola] with any evidence to support them." He added: "The meetings were in the nature of town hall discussions; they were voluntary and, honestly, not widely attended."

Adjuncts at Loyola Marymount are trying to form a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. The union is organizing adjuncts across numerous metro areas. In Los Angeles, Whittier College adjuncts have voted to form a union affiliated with SEIU and University of LaVerne adjuncts have filed for an election. That also has been delayed due to an unfair labor practice claim.

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Cornell President Named Secretary of Smithsonian

David J. Skorton, president of Cornell University, was named Monday as the next secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Skorton, president of Cornell since 2006, will leave the university in 2015. At Cornell, he has helped raise more than $5 billion. Under Skorton, Cornell and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology won a competition to develop a teachnology-oriented graduate school in New York City.


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NAACP Opposes Idea of Pro-Confederate College President

NAACP leaders in South Carolina on Monday said that they would oppose the selection of Lieut. Governor Glenn McConnell as president of the College of Charleston, the Associated Press reported. Currently, McConnell is a finalist for the position. The NAACP noted his long history of revering Confederate history to question whether the college would be seen as a welcoming place to black students. A widely circulated photograph of McConnell shows him at an event dressed as a Confederate general, posing with black people playing the part of slaves. McConnell also has defended the display of Confederate flags, rejecting the idea that they are hurtful. McConnell said that he should be judged by his record, which he said includes support for historically black colleges and for efforts to attract more black men to teaching.


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Dartmouth, U. of California Alter Policies on Sex Assaults

Dartmouth College and the University of California System have announced changes in policies for dealing with sexual assaults.

At Dartmouth, new penalties are being proposed to assure strict punishment. Under rules announced for consideration Saturday, expulsion would be mandatory in cases "involving penetration accomplished by force, threat, or purposeful incapacitation or where an assault involving penetration is motivated by bias," and where a student has previously been found responsible for a sexual assault. In addition, the college said that in "other cases involving penetration, a strong presumption in favor of expulsion."

The University of California on Friday announced new policies for the system on preventing and dealing with sexual assaults, The Los Angeles Times reported. The changes will increase reporting requirements, require new training for many employees and provide victims with more information on the potential punishments of those who have been accused.


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After being called 'deadliest fraternity,' SAE announces it will end pledging

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon, dubbed "deadliest fraternity" nationally, announces a radical change in how its chapters will get new members.

Poll finds mixed public attitudes on higher education issues

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Poll finds Americans with college education report higher standard of living than do others, but don't always link standard of living to education. Findings suggest lack of knowledge on private college prices.

Felician Sees Enrollment Drops, Cuts 16 Faculty Jobs

Felician College, in New Jersey, has announced that the college will not renew the contracts of 16 faculty members at the end of the academic year, reported. Felician does not have tenure. The cuts are due to falling enrollment. Felician's enrollment is 2,000, down from 2,400 in 2010.

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