Quick Takes: Dillard Announces Layoffs, Yale Music School Receives $100 Million Gift, Housing Agency Funds College Efforts to Rebuild Gulf Coast, Jury Clears Ex-President on Fraud Charges, Students Protest Loan Cuts

November 2, 2005
  • Dillard University on Tuesday announced the layoffs of 202 people -- more than half of faculty and staff jobs, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. No tenured faculty members lost their jobs. University officials told the newspaper that they hoped some of the layoffs would not be permanent and that they were necessary because of the financial losses Dillard suffered in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Yale University's School of Music has received an anonymous $100 million gift that will, among other things, result in free tuition for students, starting next year.
  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development unveiled a new effort Tuesday aimed at involving colleges and universities in the rebuilding of Gulf Coast communities damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The agency's Universities Rebuilding America Initiative, a joint effort with the Corporation for National and Community Service, will provide $5.6 million in grants through two programs: the "Community Design Program," which will provide $2 million in grants to collegiate schools of architecture and urban planning that work on projects with affected cities and communities; and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, which will offer $3.6 million in grants to black colleges to provide a range of services -- such as job training, online education, or technical assistance for new businesses -- to low- and moderate-income residents in Gulf Coast areas.
  • A federal court jury on Monday found the former president of the now-defunct William Tyndale College not guilty on 22 charges of defrauding the federal government of student aid funds, The Detroit News reported. James C. McHann pleaded guilty to the charges in May but later withdrew the plea. "I feel like the truth finally came out," McHann told the newspaper.
  • Scores of students participated in a Capitol Hill protest Tuesday to object to Congressional proposals that would increase the costs of loans for student loan borrowers.
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