Unusual Senior Project to Draw Attention to Sex Assaults

A senior visual arts major at Columbia University has created an unusual senior project to draw attention to the issue of sexual assaults, New York Magazine reported. Emma Sulkowicz, who says that the university mishandled her rape allegations, announced that she will carry a mattress with her everywhere she goes this year, as long as the man she says raped her remains on campus. She is calling the project "Mattress Performance" or "Carrying the Weight."


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Education researchers discuss how Obama college ratings will impact underserved student populations

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Education researchers raise concerns that the Obama college ratings plan may harm underprivileged and minority students.

Questions about the reliability of a sustainability watchdog

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A new report by one sustainable investment advocate suggests one national ranking of sustainable campuses is often unreliable.

Compilation of Articles on Critical Thinking

Inside Higher Ed is today releasing a free compilation of essays -- in print-on-demand format -- on how colleges seek to promote and measure critical thinking by their students.

This booklet is part of a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics.

On Tuesday, September 23 at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will conduct a free webinar to talk about the issues raised in the booklet's articles. To register for the webinar, please click here.

CDC Issues Guidance for Colleges on Ebola

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance for colleges and universities on how to respond to the spread of Ebola in West Africa. Among the recommendations:

  • Calling off education-related travel to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
  • Consider the possibility that education-related travel to Nigeria may need to be called off.
  • Conduct risk assessments on students or faculty members who have within 21 days been in countries facing Ebola outbreaks. Offer health monitoring to those individuals.



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Former Football Player Sues NCAA Over Old Scholarship Rules

Already flanked by numerous lawsuits brought by former college athletes, the National Collegiate Athletic Association may soon face yet another antitrust class action.

Last week, Durrell Chamorro, a former football player at Colorado State University, filed a class action seeking damages for football players who were affected by the NCAA's longstanding rule banning multiyear scholarships. Since 1973, athletic scholarships were only allowed to be offered on a year-to-year basis. Chamorro's lawyer hopes to consolidate the class action with another lawsuit already filed before the rules were finally changed in 2012. That lawsuit was filed by John Rock, a former quarterback at Gardner-Webb University.

The timing of Chamorro's lawsuit to the recent ruling in an antitrust class action led by Ed O'Bannon is no coincidence. The lawsuit cites the ruling seven times, CBS Sports reports. In that case, a federal judge ruled that the NCAA violated antitrust laws when it prohibited sharing revenue with football and basketball players for the use of their names and likenesses.

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Cal State Campuses Push for Brand Recognition

Several campuses in the California State University System are trying to rebrand themselves, The Los Angeles Times reported. The campuses want more individual identities and to avoid confusion with University of California institutions. California State University at Los Angeles officials believe their acronym CSULA is frequently confused with UCLA. California State University at Long Beach wants to be known as "the Beach." And California State University at Northridge is promoting the acronym CSUN (to be pronounced SEA-sun).

Study Defends Huge Salaries of Football Coaches

The seven-figure salaries of Division I football coaches are worthwhile economic investments, according to a new study by Vanderbilt University researchers, The New York Times reported. The study has not been peer reviewed or published, but a draft was shared with the Times. "If one believes that CEO compensation is set by the market at an appropriate level, and that employment contracts reflect this equilibrium, then one should reach the same conclusion about football coaches,” the study says.


Student Detained for Flying Drone Over Football Game

University of Texas at Austin police officers detained, questioned and released a student who flew a drone -- without authorization -- over the UT football game Saturday against the University of Northern Texas, The Austin American-Statesman reported. Authorities are continuing an investigation and seized the drone. While there was no apparent harm caused by the drone, a column in Forbes warned of the dangers. "The flight is the type of seemingly harmless, yet actually irresponsible behavior that irks many drone enthusiasts," said the column, by Gregory S. McNeal. "Experienced operators realize that a malfunction or mistake here could have landed the drone on the playing field or in the stands — jeopardizing fan safety or disrupting the game. That type of televised incident might cause substantial harm to the nascent industry as it struggles to overcome public relations problems associated with irresponsible operators."


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Burlington College President Quits

Christine Plunkett, president of the financially struggling Burlington College, told protesters who confronted her Friday, "I resign. Happy? Goodbye," The Burlington Free Press reported. The newspaper said that other officials indicated that Plunkett had not resigned. Plunkett did not respond to an email from Inside Higher Ed seeking clarification of her status, but on Monday, the board released a statement indicating that she had resigned, and announcing new interim leadership, the Free Press reported.


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