Quick Takes: Ex-Trustee of Compton Arrested, Political Scientists Move '06 Meeting, More Graduates Enter Teaching, Transition at Front Range, Bob Knight Does Reality TV

August 8, 2005
  • A former trustee of Compton Community College was arrested last week on charges of defrauding the college of more than $1 million. Ignacio Pena set up a shell company that was paid to teach classes, but never did so, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, which also said that Pena charged personal items to college accounts. Pena, who is in jail, was unavailable for comment. The Los Angeles Times reported on the alleged fraud in 2003. Compton Community College, which has been taken over by California officials, was stripped of its accreditation in June, following years of criticism about poor management and financial controls. Despite all of its problems, many low-income, minority students say that the college has been crucial to them.
  • The American Political Science Association is moving its 2006 annual meeting from San Francisco to Philadelphia because of labor disputes involving hotels in San Francisco. The dates of the meeting will remain the same: August 31 to September 4. Several academic groups have faced controversy over plans to meet in San Francisco, and the political scientists wanted to avoid the difficulties faced by dealing with the issue in the months prior to a meeting. In February, the Organization of American Historians, a month before its annual meeting, switched sessions from San Francisco to San Jose. And when the Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association went ahead with its meeting in San Francisco in March, some philosophers organized alternative sessions and stayed away from the hotels where the sessions were held.
  • The proportion of recent college graduates who took teaching jobs in elementary or secondary schools increased to 12 percent in 1999-2000, from 10 percent in 1992-3, according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. The graduates who went into teaching, compared to other graduates, were more likely to be women, to have attended public colleges, and to have had higher grade-point averages but lower scores on college entrance examinations.
  • Faculty members at Front Range Community College are concerned about why a new president left and a replacement was quickly hired, with little explanation, according to The Rocky Mountain News.
  • ESPN will unveil a new reality television show in the fall in which a student at Texas Tech University will earn the right to be a walk-on for Bob Knight's basketball team, the Associated Press reported.
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