Quick Takes: U. of California Gets Family Friendlier, Avila U. Confiscates Student Newspaper Over Sex Issue, Tulane Defends Reorganization Plans, Sallie Mae Tops List of Loan Originators

February 15, 2006
  • The University of California announced a set of policy changes Tuesday aimed at improving the lot of workers with families. Among other things, the changes increase to two terms from one that birth mothers can get reduced duties; clarifying the ways that academic employees can qualify for part-time appointments to accommodate family needs; and making clear that child bearing or parental leaves will not "arbitrarily disadvantage" employees in promotion, advancement or compensation decisions.
  • Officials at Missouri's Avila University removed all copies of the monthly student newspaper from the Roman Catholic campus because it contained two pages of articles about premarital sex, birth control, and other sex-related issues, a local television station reported. Avila officials said the issue, which featured an image of an unzipped pair of pants on its cover, was "inconsistent with the values of the institution."
  • Scott S. Cowen, president of Tulane University, has released the university's response to a letter from the American Association of University Professors that raised concerns about Tulane's decision making process for cutting back tenured professors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The letter from the AAUP questioned, among other things, whether faculty members were adequately represented in the decision making process. Tulane's reply said that faculty rights were respected -- especially given the extreme and unprecedented situation that Katrina created for the university.
  • The U.S. Education Department has published a list of the top 100 originators of federal student loans in 2004 and 2005, and Sallie Mae led the way by a wide margin; its $4.2 billion in new loans in 2004 ballooned to $5.03 billion in 2005. Bank One was second in 2004, but fell to third in 2005, behind Citibank.
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