Quick Takes: More Nepotism in Ga., Court Loss for Community College, Michigan-Shanghai Pact, NCAA Study on Division II, Unpaid Professors at Florida A

June 27, 2005
  • Janet B. Ayers, the president of West Central Technical College, quit suddenly last week after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution made inquiries about large pay raises in the last two year for the man she recently married. Several technical college presidents in the state have recently been caught up in nepotism controversies and one was forced to dismiss his wife as a college employee. Ayers told the newspaper that its figures were not accurate and that she did nothing wrong, but that she realized the raises didn't look good, and she wanted to spare the college any problems.
  • A California appeals court ruled last week that Coast Community College District illegally sold a public television network by failing to accept the offer of the highest bidder, according to the Associated Press. The court said that the highest bidder was a televangelist group, and that the college couldn't use that as a reason not to accept its offer.
  • The University of Michigan and Shanghai Jiao Tong University signed an agreement Thursday to jointly run some engineering programs at both institutions. The pact also expands exchanges and cooperation in engineering education.
  • Moving up to Division I from Division II worsens rather than improves the financial situation for a college's sports program, according to a study released Saturday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The study found that colleges that move up to the higher competitive level gain 20 to 60 cents in revenue for every additional dollar they spend
  • Some professors at Florida A&M University's law school, who were not paid for the first summer session this year, are threatening to stop teaching, The Tallahassee Democrat reported. The newspaper said that officials at the financially troubled institution are vowing to resume the paychecks.
  • A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a suit challenging the renaming of a sports complex at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. The complex was once called Memorial Field or Veterans Memorial Stadium, but the university renamed it after a football coach -- a switch that the City of La Crosse objected to, but that the court said was legal.

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