Quick Takes: Governors Praise Rules Clarification, Checklist for Cross-Border Programs, Anger Over Georgetown Appointment, Division at Lake County, Adjunct Union at Marymount Manhattan, Deer and Lawyers on the Attack

May 26, 2006
  • In response to concerns raised by the National Governors Association, the U.S. Education Department has clarified rules for the new Academic Competitiveness Grants to specify that students in "dual enrollment" programs (in high school and college at the same time) are eligible. The governors' group praised the shift.
  • The American Council on Education and groups representing colleges in other countries have issued a new checklist of "good practices" for programs delivered across national borders. The recommendations come out of a policy statement issued by the groups in 2004.
  • Many Georgetown University faculty members are angry over a non-tenure-track two-year appointment recently given to Douglas J. Feith, formerly one of the Pentagon's top officials in planning and defending the war in Iraq, The New York Times reported. While such appointments of former government officials are commonly made without faculty involvement in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, tensions are higher over this one, with some faculty members saying that they will not have anything to do with Feith.
  • Faculty members and the president at the College of Lake County, a two-year institution in Illinois, are at odds, the Chicago Tribune reported. Richard Fonte, who has been president for only five months, is being criticized over spending priorities and the way he treats professors. But board members have indicated that they back the new president.
  • Adjunct faculty members at Marymount Manhattan College have voted to unionize with the New York State United Teachers, which is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers.
  • A doctoral student who was among those injuried in a series of attacks by deer on people at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale has sued the university, the Associated Press reported. She claims that the university didn't do enough to protect her.
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