Faculty members at the University of West Florida criticized their president, Judy Bense, Monday before the university's Board of Trustees; the move followed a Faculty Senate vote of no confidence in the president last week. Faculty members want Bense to step down in June, when her contract expires, the Pensacola News-Journal reported, with some saying that her standards for student admissions are too low and that she puts promoting the university's sports programs ahead of academics.
In response to faculty concerns, the board voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution in support of the president. They've praised her leadership, saying she helped the university earn its spot on Forbes's "America's Top Colleges" list, among other national rankings. The News-Journal said that Bense had acknowledged that some students who enrolled in the university on her watch should not have been able to, and she pledged to move the university up from last in the state's rating system. That position resulted in a $4 million withholding of state funds this year.
The Doctoral Students' Council of the City University of New York Graduate Center on Friday postponed a vote on a resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli universities and for CUNY to cut ties to Israeli businesses and other entities. The proposal was controversial both because of its substance and because the meeting on which the measure was to be discussed and voted on was on a Friday evening, when observant Jews would be unable to attend because of the Sabbath. The council said that the vote would be rescheduled for a time when observant Jews would be able to attend.
In today's Academic Minute, Amanda Kibler, a professor of English education at the University of Virginia, chronicles the evolving nature of language and learning in this global age. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
Two professors in Canada faced physical attacks this week by students or ex-students. CBC News reported that a student walked into her former instructor's office at the University of Toronto and attacked him with a kitchen knife. The professor was cut but held off the student. At Red River College, in Manitoba, a former student was charged with knocking down and punching an instructor, The Winnipeg Free Press reported.
The University of South Carolina Upstate, under legislative pressure, in April called off a planned appearance by a lesbian humorist. This week Wofford College, a private liberal arts institution in South Carolina, held the performance banned at South Carolina Upstate, an appearance by Leigh Hendrix of her one-woman show “How to be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less.” The appearance was organized by Mark Ferguson, chair of the department of theater, who said it was important to support academic and artistic freedom that had been squelched at a neighboring public institution. Of the cancellation, he said, that "for my colleagues and me, it was an excruciating embarrassment for the state of South Carolina.”