The president of Stockton University abruptly resigned Tuesday, citing medical reasons for his early departure.
Herman Saatkamp's departure comes four months earlier than he originally told the university he would be leaving. “It saddens me to have to leave this abruptly,” Saatkamp said in a university news release.
The resignation also comes a week after a faculty vote in which one-third wanted to call for his resignation and 80 percent supported "some level of condemnation" against the leader, according to a PressofAtlanticCity.com article. University stakeholders and New Jersey legislators are upset by Saatkamp's decision to purchase a hotel and casino for $18 million to use as a new Atlantic City campus and lodging for the school, despite restrictions that the building must be run as a casino hotel. The casino's parent corporation filed for bankruptcy shortly after the purchase.
Stockton's provost, Harvey Kesselman, will serve as acting president.
California's 15 million Latinos have made strides in their educational attainment in recent decades, but deep achievement gaps persist, according to a new report from the Campaign for College Opportunity, an advocacy group. For example, only 12 percent of working-age Latinos in the state hold a bachelor's degree, the report found, compared to 42 percent of non-Hispanic white Californians. Latinos are underrepresented across all three of the state's higher education systems. And the report found that roughly two-thirds of those students attend community colleges, where only 39 percent earn a degree or certificate or transfer within six years.
Another recently released report found that, nationwide, more Latinos are earning credentials in health professions. The study, from Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit advocacy group, found that Latinos who graduated with credentials in health professions in 2013 were highly concentrated in certificate and associate-degree programs for some of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation. But those jobs are typically in support roles, such as personal care aides and home health aides. And those jobs tend to pay less than ones in practitioner roles, such as dentists, physicians and surgeons.
“Health care support jobs pay about a quarter as much as health care practitioners, so this is a very real disparity," Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education’s chief operating officer and vice president for policy, who co-authored the report, said in a written statement.
The Service Women's Action Network sent a proposed executive order to the White House Monday, urging President Obama to create protections against gender discrimination at the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy and the Military Academy at West Point. Unlike other higher education institutions, military service academics are exempt from Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which -- among other protections -- mandates that colleges quickly and competently investigate and adjudicate claims of sexual assault. The proposed executive action would explicitly bar gender and sex discrimination and empower the U.S. Department of Defense to enforce the order in a way similar to how the Department of Education enforces Title IX.
The prevalent argument now is that military academies are different enough from colleges that it doesn't make sense to apply a law meant for civilian institutions. Cadets, like all members of the armed services, are already subject to the uniform code of military justice. As the code is the foundation of military law, academy cadets can face much harsher punishments than typical college students. Colleges can suspend or expel a student they believe committed a sexual assault. Academy cadets can be court-martialed. But victims' advocates say there are few sanctions for academies that mishandle cases of sexual assault.
"Currently, victims of sex discrimination at service academies can complain only to their commanding officers and service academies’ administrations by appealing up the chain of command, and cannot seek relief outside of the military system," SWAN said in a statement. "This process provides no option to challenge discriminatory academy policies or a school’s inadequate procedures to address sexual assault and harassment reports. The lack of protections for cadets and midshipmen contrasts sharply with the array of sex discrimination prohibitions that protect civilian students, including Title IX, which does not apply to the service academies."
Geoff Chatas, who had announced he was leaving the top financial position at Ohio State University, won't be leaving after all, Northeast Ohio Media Group reported. Chatas had announced that he had accepted a position with QIC, an investment company. After he changed his mind and decided to stay at Ohio State, Northeast Ohio Media Group posed questions about what would appear to some to be the potential for conflict of interest -- Chatas is the Ohio State official who negotiated a 50-year agreement with QIC over management of the university's parking facilities. University officials denied that there was any conflict of interest and said that Chatas hadn't been expected to manage the parking deal. He now won't be going to QIC and instead signed a three-year contract to stay at Ohio State, with a base annual salary of $683,153.