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.
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."
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."
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.