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WICHE's interstate passport seeks to help students transfer while preserving colleges' autonomy

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New interstate network seeks to help students transfer across state lines without losing credits, but also defers to faculty members at each college about how to measure learning.

Antioch University eliminates jobs of five presidents

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University eliminates jobs of presidents and duties of boards of its five regional campuses.

Higher Education in Draft Democratic Party Platform

The Democratic National Committee last Friday released a draft party platform that included no surprises on higher education. The draft's roughly 500 words on the issue follow the broad brush strokes of proposals Hillary Clinton, the presumptive presidential nominee, has made on the campaign trail, including plans to make community colleges free and to "simplify and expand" access to income-based repayment while also cutting interest rates for federal student loans. Also included were pledges to strengthen minority-serving institutions and to crack down on for-profits, with the draft mentioning the unaccredited Trump University, which was not eligible to receive federal aid, in its section on for-profits.

After Investigation, Loyola Chicago Fires Coach

Loyola University Chicago has fired Sheryl Swoopes as women's basketball coach, after some players complained about what they saw as mistreatment and others left the team, The Chicago Tribune reported. Five former players told the Tribune in April about their problems with Swoopes. They said she threatened players with taking away their scholarships, and that her dealings with them led them to leave the team. Players also described Swoopes as crying during halftimes and practices, and once sitting on a chair in silence for an entire practice.

Swoopes issued a statement through a public relations firm defending herself. "There is nothing in my behavior, past nor present, as a coach or professional that reflects anything other than structure, encouragement and respect for others," she said. "In the recent months, there have been accusations and false attacks made of my character and coaching. I stand proudly in my values, actions and intent of representing the best interests for students -- as athletes, but more importantly as individuals."

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Survey of counseling center directors finds anxiety and depression are top issues of students seeking help

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Survey of counseling center directors finds continued high demand from students for various conditions. Data show centers are diversifying clinical staffs, a demand of many minority student protests.

Some Professors Object to Removal of Temple Provost

Some professors at Temple University are protesting the decision to remove Hai-Lung Dai as provost this week without any public explanation, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Faculty members say the university should explain its actions. A university spokesman said Temple doesn't comment on personnel matters, but "we do not take these matters lightly." A petition organized by faculty members states that "actions of this magnitude must be explained and cannot seem to be made arbitrarily."

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New Birmingham-Southern president faces financial and leadership challenges

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Recent presidential turnover is one issue hanging over the college.

Baruch College gave players more than $250,000 in impermissible aid

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College -- with a vice president playing a key role -- awarded thousands in financial aid based on athletic criteria, violating Division III's core principle. Such violations seem to be spreading.

New presidents or provosts: Bradley DuPage Estrella Kutztown Milwaukee NCMC Springfield Truckee Warner

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  • Karin Hilgersom, president of Sullivan County Community College, in New York, has been appointed president of Truckee Meadows Community College, in Nevada.
  • David A. Hoag, senior vice president for university advancement at Trinity International University, in Illinois, has been chosen as president of Warner University, in Florida.

New Trustees and More Controversy at Louisville

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, a Republican who this month fired most members of the University of Louisville board, on Wednesday appointed new members. The university's president, James Ramsey, is promising to step down once the new board is in place. The prior board was divided over Ramsey's leadership. Some political leaders and many faculty members -- even some who are happy to see Ramsey go -- have opposed the governor's actions, saying that they constitute inappropriate interference with the university. Attorney General Andy Beshear on Thursday vowed to continue legal action to block the changes.

The Courier-Journal reported that one of the new trustees has used Twitter to question climate science and to state that being gay is not compatible with being a Christian.

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