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Brewton-Parker's accreditation restored; woes for Norfolk State and EDMC campuses

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Southern regional agency restores accreditation of Brewton-Parker College, while Norfolk State and four Education Management campuses draw scrutiny.

Does privatizing public higher education necessarily undermine the public good?

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New book acknowledges the drift by public colleges as state funding has flattened and in some cases fallen -- but argues that the trend does not mean the institutions must abandon their missions.

Plan for Cuts at U. of New Orleans

University of New Orleans officials on Thursday announced a series of cuts designed to save money in the wake of enrollment declines. The Times-Picayune reported that the plan includes:

  • Closing seven degree programs.
  • Eliminating the geography department.
  • Requiring department chairs to teach a minimum of two courses in the fall and spring semesters, with the goal of reducing reliance on adjuncts.
  • Reducing the budget for adjuncts by $1 million.
  • Eliminating 10 instructor positions and 4 library positions.

 

 

Report: State Disinvestment Fuels Student Debt

Student-loan borrowing at public institutions has increased the most in states where government support for higher education has declined, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. In states with the largest per-student decline in funding, for example, median student borrowing increased by $1,781 between 2008 and 2012. The center called for federal investment, matched by money from states, to help curb increasing student debt levels.

Two-year colleges in Illinois and other states lean on local government for funding

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Illinois leads list of states where community colleges already get only a single-digit percentage of their budgets from the state, and more cuts may be on the way.

Report: Alabama-Birmingham to End Football Program

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is poised to shut down its football program this week, Sports Illustrated reported. The magazine, citing unidentifid sources, said the university plans to fire its athletics director and announce that it is discontinuing its football team, which qualified for a bowl game Saturday for the first time in a decade. The decision on football comes as UAB is developing a university-wide strategic plan.

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Does Kean U. Need a $219,000 Conference Table?

Many students and legislators are angry that Kean University paid $219,000 for a custom-built conference room table, NJ.com reported. The university did not seek bids on the project and used a Chinese company as part of an effort to build ties to China. Dawood Farahi, Kean's president, told NorthJersey.com it was "small-minded" to make inquiries about the cost of the table.

UPDATE: A spokeswoman for Kean, via email to Inside Higher Ed, said the table should be viewed as a "conferencing center" because it includes electronic equipment, storage for the equipment and lighting, and is more than the conference table itself. The photo below is of the table.

Tuition Hikes Prompt Sit-Ins at Berkeley, Santa Cruz

Students started sit-ins last week at the University of California's campuses at Berkeley and Santa Cruz to protest the Board of Regents' vote to approve tuition increases for the system. The Berkeley sit-in started Wednesday, The Los Angeles Times reported. The protesting students there are issuing updates and demands through this website. Cornel West, a professor of philosophy at Union Theological Seminary, stopped by the Santa Cruz sit-in to endorse the effort. He said occupying buildings "puts the spotlight on an issue."

 

 

 

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Shift for national free-college group, which wants to bolster local programs

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National "free tuition" group changes its name and pitch with plan to support state and city tuition scholarships while continuing to push on the federal level.

Performance-based funding provokes concern among college administrators

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Public colleges may be using grade inflation or tightening admissions standards to comply with performance-based funding, survey finds.

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