Menlo College, a private institution in California, announced Sunday that it is dropping intercollegiate football. Menlo, with only 750 students, is a small college to field a football team. It played in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and was the only member of the NAIA in California with a football program and one of only four within a 700-mile radius of the campus.
The NAIA looks to gain another member in football, however. Clarke University, in Iowa, announced that it is starting up a program. Clarke, a former women's college where 70 percent of students are women, hopes to attract more male students with football.
Bryn Mawr College is taking a lot of heat for an e-mail it sent recently inviting students with "elevated" body mass index numbers to join a group that would offer fitness and nutrition advice. Philly.com noted that many women took offense at the invitations, saying that they had never indicated to the college's health service that they wanted such a group for themselves. Some have accused the college of "fat shaming," and of invading students' privacy. A college spokesman said that Bryn Mawr uses records that are maintained confidentially to reach out to students who may benefit from a particular health program. The same program has been offered without complaint in the past, and some students have taken to Facebook to say it was a valuable program (while generally saying that the college should let students identify themselves for participation).
President Obama's ratings plan has struggled to find Republican support. He may have found some Sunday. In an interview with The New York Times, Rep. Paul Ryan, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee and a leading Republican voice in Congress, voiced skepticism on Obama's plan for two years of free community college. But Ryan said Republicans could work with the administration on efforts to make college costs and results more transparent. “The idea of opening a marketplace where people see what things cost and see the results” is a good one, Ryan told the Times. "It’s a sector that’s used to having automatic rate increases without having to compete for business.”
Frederick Lawrence announced Friday that he is stepping down as president of Brandeis University at the end of the academic year and will take a teaching position in the law school at Yale University. Lawrence was named president of Brandeis in 2011, following a period of sometimes acrimonious debate about the university's finances. The discussion of university finances has been calmer under Lawrence, and applications have grown.
The board of the College of DuPage on Wednesday voted for the second time in a week to approve a $763,000 severance package for President Robert Breuder, The Chicago Tribune reported. Many critics, some of whom packed the board room, said that Breuder should be dismissed, and many called on board members to quit. Trustees noted that Breuder had a valid contract that the college was buying out. The second vote came after criticism that the first one did not follow proper procedure because there was not a vote to end debate before the board took a vote on the package. While college leaders expressed doubt about the criticism, they said that they wanted to take a second vote to be sure that everything was done properly.
Governor Scott Walker, a Wisconsin Republican, wants faculty members at University of Wisconsin campuses to teach more. Walker spoke to reporters Wednesday, the day after formally proposing $300 million in cuts to the university system, in exchange for autonomy that university leaders won't lead to saving anywhere near large enough to make up for the cuts. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the governor told reporters Wednesday that his plan for the universities would “make them do things that they have not traditionally done.” The governor explained: “They might be able to make savings just by asking faculty and staff to consider teaching one more class per semester.... Things like that could have a tremendous impact on making sure that we preserve an affordable education for all of our UW campuses, and at the same time we maintain a high-quality education.”
University officials questioned whether this is feasible. Vince Sweeney, vice chancellor for university relations at the UW flagship at Madison, said that survey data show most faculty members work 50 to 70 hours a week on teaching, research and other activities. He noted that the research efforts of professors "bring in millions of dollars in grant funding that is a direct boost to the Wisconsin economy."
Submitted by Jake New on January 29, 2015 - 3:00am
Colleges are investigating the majority of reported cases of sexual assault and are finding less than half of accused students responsible, according to a report released Tuesday by United Educators, a risk management and insurance firm. The study examined 305 reported cases of sexual assault at 104 institutions between 2011 and 2014.
About three-quarters of those cases were investigated, according to the report, and the accused students were found responsible in 45 percent of them. One-quarter of the cases resulted in the accused students not being found responsible, and in 7 percent of the cases, the accused students withdrew before the adjudication process was complete.
Of the 23 percent of cases that were never investigated by a college or university, 20 percent of the claims involved students who were unable to identify who had assaulted them. Another 23 percent involved victims who were "uncooperative" and chose not to pursue an investigation. More than 40 percent of the cases that were investigated ended in the accused student's expulsion, the report said, and 25 percent ended in suspensions of more than a year. Disciplinary probation and training accounted for about 9 percent of the sanctions.
"The method used by the perpetrator to carry out the assault may have been a factor in an institution’s choice of sanction," the authors wrote. "More than four-fifths (82 percent) of expulsion sanctions were for perpetrators who either took advantage of a victim’s incapacitation or used physical force. Disciplinary probation and lesser sanctions were most often imposed by institutions when the sexual assault involved failed consent."
Submitted by Jake New on January 29, 2015 - 3:00am
A Norfolk State University student was hospitalized Sunday after she was attacked by a Norfolk Police dog while leaving a party near campus. London Colvin, who is a junior at Norfolk State and a private in the Army Reserve, received 40 stitches after the encounter and will require plastic surgery to close a gaping gash on her leg, according to the Potomac Local. Colvin was attacked by the dog while being arrested during a large fight outside the party.
The student's cousin told the newspaper that Colvin was not involved in the fight, but that she was being loud and disorderly while walking away from the scene. "We can understand her getting arrested, because she was being disorderly, however, she didn’t have a weapon," the cousin said. "She can’t put her hands up, or remove her hands from anywhere, or do anything because she’s being restrained by two police officers. So to allow the dog [to attack] is the only thing that we have a problem with."
Daniel Hudson, a spokesman for the Norfolk police, said officers often use canine units during incidents involving large crowds and that the fight involved about 35 people. “There was an officer that was attempting to place the woman in custody for disorderly conduct," Hudson said. "When [the officer] tried to place her in custody, she became combative against the officer. Another officer attempted to restrain her, but again, there were multiple people around, so the canine officer deployed the dog to restrain the woman so nobody would get hurt."