U. of Oregon search criticized by faculty

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As the newly independent University of Oregon searches for a new president, faculty and staff unions say it's being too secretive.


U. of Florida Searches for Suspect Who Assaulted 4

Four female students at the University of Florida have been assaulted on campus since August 30, all by who officials believe to be the same man. The four victims describe the suspect as a large, white man in his twenties, dressed in university-themed clothing, the Miami Herald reports. The women, sometimes with the help of bystanders, were all able to fight off the suspect's attempts at raping them, officials said, but Gainesville and university police are still searching for the man. "We’re coming after you," Linda Stump, the university's police chief, warned the suspect in a press conference Monday.

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Questions About U. of Oregon Presidential Search

Some are questioning the plan put forward by the University of Oregon board chair for the search for the next president, The Register-Guard reported. The board chair has put forward a plan in which he will conduct the search with an "assist" committee. The board chair alone will be allowed to rank and eliminate finalists before presentation to the full board.


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Cornell Settles Suit Over a Suicide

Cornell University and the City of Ithaca have settled a lawsuit filed by the father of a freshman who killed himself in 2010, The Ithaca Journal reported. The father's suit charged that Cornell and Ithaca failed to take adequate steps in the design of a bridge from which the student jumped to his death. (Numerous changes to bridges around Cornell's campus have been made since then.) Under the settlement, Ithaca will pay $100,000 and Cornell will establish a permanent scholarship in the student's name. Ithaca objected to the settlement and said it was being forced into it by its insurance provider.

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New presidents or provosts: Austin Birmingham-Southern Buffalo State Hawaii National NHTI William Penn Woodland

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  • Debra Bean, associate provost at National University, in California, has been promoted to provost there.
  • Michelle Behr, acting dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, has been chosen as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Birmingham-Southern College, in Alabama.

Education Department reaches agreement with Ohio State U. on Title IX

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Education Department praises university for its response to band allegations, even as defenders of band director step up their fight.

College President Challenges Students on Madden NFL

Scott Dalrymple, the new president of Columbia College in Missouri, is marking his forthcoming inaugural in an unusual way. He is organizing a student match on the popular sports video game Madden NFL. Then he will play the winner, and if the student wins, Dalrymple will pay for all of his or her textbooks for a year. Dalrymple issued his challenge in the video below, which moves quickly from "Pomp and Circumstance" to trash-talking about teams that the president (a Buffalo Bills fan) does not favor.



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Florida State Faculty Continue to Oppose Politician as Next President

Faculty at Florida State University are continuing a months-long struggle against a well-connected politician who may become the university's next president. 

Faculty have long said John Thrasher, a state senator and former speaker of the House who is also chairman of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s reelection campaign, has benefited from his connections and back-room dealings. Now, Thrasher, whose name has been in the mix all summer, is one of four finalists. The Faculty Senate approved a motion Wednesday that called upon the Board of Trustees "not to hire Senator Thrasher as the next president of FSU. Senator Thrasher lacks the stated qualifications required for the position, whereas the other three finalists meet those qualifications."

Thrasher has a law degree, the other three finalists have Ph.Ds. They are: Richard Marchase, a vice president at Alabama at Birmingham; Michael Martin, chancellor of the Colorado State University System; and Michele Wheatly, the former provost of West Virginia University. 

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Steven Salaita speaks out about lost job offer at Illinois

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In his first public remarks since losing his job offer, controversial scholar says he still wants to teach at U. of Illinois.

Princeton Weighs Ideas to Help Low-Income Students

Princeton University may soon take several steps to create a campus that is more inclusive to lower-income students, including featuring socioeconomic diversity in freshman orientation and diversity programming, incorporating sensitivity to socioeconomic status in residential housing assignments, and forming a standing committee of administrators to consider polices that affect the educational and social experiences of low-income and first-generation students. The steps are part of a list of recommendations issued Tuesday by a working group appointed by former President Shirley Tilghman and chaired by Valerie Smith, Princeton's undergraduate dean.

While the group found that Princeton's admission and financial aid polices "enabled students from across the socioeconomic spectrum to participate fully in the academic and residential life of the university," it also identified academic challenges that have a "disparate impact on students from lower-income backgrounds." The report noted that students from those backgrounds also faced financial constraints that shut them out of some aspects of campus life, leading them to feel less accepted at the university. The group also recommended:

  • Considering alternative systems for measuring academic performance during freshman year, such as "covering" first-year grades by providing students with complete grades but only reporting on transcripts whether they passed or failed a course.
  • Centralizing systems for monitoring students' academic difficulties.
  • Highlighting the existence of courses that address issues concerning social and economic inequality.
  • Ensuring that panels during the university's Freshman Families Weekend feature socioeconomically diverse students and address concerns most pressing to less prosperous parents.

"Some of the recommendations are already being implemented, and Dean Smith and her colleagues are pursuing some of the others," Christopher Eisgruber, Princeton's president, stated. "Some of the recommendations would require additional consideration before we could decide whether to proceed with them, and in some cases we would need to raise the necessary funds."

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