The Chicago Tribune had to sue to get records of the expenses of Robert Breuder, who is currently on leave as president of the College of DuPage, a community college outside Chicago. The documents that were released show considerable spending that theoretically was about building relationships with donors, but frequently didn't involve donors so much as senior administrators, trustees and vendors.
For example, for one outing to a private fish and game reserve with three others, including the college lawyer and a vendor, Breuder spent $1,292 in college foundation funds -- on two bottles of red wine purchased in advance, a lunch, gun rental and ammunition. Thirty pheasants were shot. Other uses of foundation funds include $1,450 for four days of dining in California wine country, and $683 for a "unique" wine pairings event at a liquor store.
Foundation officials have defended spending as necessary to build relationships and cultivate donors. Breuder was unavailable for comment.
John Wiley & Sons, a publisher, this week announced a partnership with InsideTrack, a student coaching company, that will bring career coaching directly to students. InsideTrack also recently partnered up with Chegg, an online textbook rental company, to offer a similar service. They will get free, introductory career-related videos. Paid subscribers will get access to InsideTrack's web and mobile-enabled platform. InsideTrack's career coaches will work with students to assess their career readiness, to develop their skills and to help them plan their job search.
Community Care College, a small institution located in Tulsa, Okla., that offers certificates and associate degrees in health care and business education, shifted to nonprofit from for-profit status on Wednesday, the Tulsa Worldreported.
The college is now called Community HigherEd. Its founder, Teresa Knox, told the newspaper that she wants the college to continue being evaluated on student outcomes, graduation rates, job placement rates and student loan default rates. The so-called gainful employment regulations, which do just that, and apply primarily to for-profits, took effect the day Community Care College made the switch.
“‘For-profit is periphery to our primary mission and purpose and minimizes our long-term goal,” Knox said in a written statement. “Our strategy is to increase the number and amount of scholarships offered to students in order to reduce student loan debt and expand educational and career opportunities to those that need it most."
Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, took home $1.8 million in compensation in 2013, USA Todayreported. Emmert's compensation included $1.37 million in base pay, up 8 percent from the year before, plus a mix of deferred and other reportable compensation, according to the newspaper's review of the NCAA's federal tax form.
The nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting this week published an article alleging that the University of Phoenix “sidesteps” an executive order by the White House that seeks to prevent for-profit colleges from paying for preferential recruiting of students who are recipients of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The article said Phoenix has paid the U.S. military $250,000 over the last three years to sponsor 89 recruiting events, including concerts, a chocolate festival and a fashion show.
Officials with the Apollo Education Group, which owns Phoenix, said the center portrayed the university unfairly. In a written statement, the company said it supports and has "devoted significant resources to ensure compliance" with the executive order. It also defended its outreach to veterans, saying the "work of the university and Hiring our Heroes, including its presentations, stand above reproach and should serve as an example of exactly the type of information and services our nation’s war heroes need as they transition into the civilian workforce."
Jimmie Bruce, vice president of academic success at Northwest Vista College, in Texas, has been chosen as president of Eastern Gateway Community College, in Ohio.
Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean emerita of the Tisch School of the Arts and university professor in the New York University's Department of Art and Public Policy, has been appointed president of Spelman College, in Georgia.
Education Affiliates, a for-profit chain with 50 campuses, has settled with the federal government over false-claim allegations, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The Maryland-based company agreed to pay $13 million in response to allegations that it received aid payments from unqualified students, some of whom the for-profit admitted by creating false or fraudulent high school diplomas. Education Affiliates also referred prospective students to diploma mills, according to the feds, and falsified students' federal aid applications.
“The various cases that were settled here include numerous allegations of predatory conduct that victimized students and bilked taxpayers,” said Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell, in a written statement. “In particular, the settlement provides for repayment of $1.9 million in liabilities ordered by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that resulted from EA awarding federal financial aid to students at its Fortis-Miami campus based on invalid high school credentials issued by a diploma mill. Secretary Duncan made clear that such abusive behavior would not be tolerated, and we will continue to work with the Justice Department and other federal agencies to ensure that postsecondary institutions face consequences when they violate the law.”
The Nevada System of Higher Education last year, facing scrutiny over the state's community colleges, hired the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems to review the situation and write a report. But The Las Vegas Review-Journal, based on open-records requests, reported that the system didn't like the way the report raised criticisms, and so largely quashed the study. An email the newspaper obtained showed Constance Brooks, the system’s vice chancellor for government and community affairs, saying that the report cast the Board of Regents and the system in a "very negative light," adding, "I say we just take what we like out of the report and do away with the rest." The article suggests that's what the system did.