The board of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill voted to change the name of Saunders Hall, which since 1920 has honored William L. Saunders, a Reconstruction-era leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Board members said that they believed it was a mistake for the board in 1920 to say that Saunders's Klan ties were worthy of honoring. The building will be renamed Carolina Hall.
Adjuncts at Ithaca College voted to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, 172 to 53, they announced Thursday. Sarah Grundberg, an adjunct instructor of sociology, said in a news release that the union will “not only make the college stronger as a whole but will also continue to set an example nationally that part-time faculty deserve better working conditions and that coming together can and does facilitate positive change.” Adjuncts elsewhere in New York State, at the College of Saint Rose and Schenectady Community College, have recently formed SEIU-affiliated collective bargaining units as part of the union’s national Adjunct Action campaign. Thomas Rochon, Ithaca’s president, said in a statement that the college plans to bargain in good faith with the new unit, to “reach a consensus that balances the requests of the faculty with the ongoing needs of the college and its students.”
Only 23 percent of working-age black adults in California hold bachelor's degrees, according to a new report from the Campaign for College Opportunity, compared to 42 percent of their white counterparts. And one-third of black adults in the state attended college but earned no degree. The report also found that black undergraduates are underrepresented at four-year public and private nonprofit universities in the state. They are overrepresented at California community colleges and for-profit institutions, however.
Rural high school students in Oregon were less likely to enroll and persist in college, according to a new study from REL Northwest, a regional research group that receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The study tracked students in Oregon who began high school between 2005 and 2007. It found that 55 percent of rural students enrolled in college, compared to 63 percent of nonrural students. Likewise, 78 percent of rural students persisted into their second year of college, compared to 83 percent of their nonrural peers. Those gaps were apparent even when the study controlled for students' performance on state assessments, and they occurred at all types of colleges.
College athletes continue to improve academically, at least as measured by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's academic progress rate, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The 2013-2014 season saw record high scores for the most high-profile college sports, the association said. The most recent four-year APR for Division I athletes was 978. Men’s basketball players earned a 961, up 4 points from last year's score. The football rate increased 5 points to 956. Women’s basketball increased 2 points to 975, as did baseball to 969.
Despite the overall increase in APR scores, a number of programs are facing postseason bans and other penalties for not maintaining the minimum APR score required by the NCAA. Historically black colleges and universities continue to be hit the hardest by the requirement, with 10 of the 16 institutions penalized this year being HBCUs. The average single-year APR for teams at what the NCAA calls limited-resource institutions -- which includes HBCUs -- has risen in the past four years, however.
“The academic performance of limited-resource schools is improving faster than that of any other part of the Division I membership,” Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, said in a statement. “The goal of the academic performance program is to encourage teams to improve academically, not punish those who underperform. We will work with HBCUs and limited-resource schools to make sure their college athletes have every opportunity to succeed academically.”
A recent Yale University graduate allegedly stabbed a fellow student before jumping to his death from the ninth floor of an off-campus apartment on Tuesday. The stabbing victim, Alexander Micaud, is in stable condition, the New Haven Register reported. “In this difficult time, we extend our sympathies, thoughts and prayers to the families of these two members of our community and wish Alexander a complete recovery,” Jonathan Holloway, the dean of Yale College, said in a statement.
The Pennsylvania State University chapter of Kappa Delta Rho -- the fraternity that maintained a private Facebook page that featured photographs of nude, unconscious women -- will no longer be recognized by the university, Penn State announced Tuesday. The university's investigation, which began in March when reports of the Facebook page first surfaced, concluded that members of the chapter had also engaged in sexual harassment, underage drinking and hazing, including forcing pledges to box each other. The university's withdrawal of recognition will last three years.