Quick Takes: Report Questions Worries on Male Enrollments, LeMoyne-Owen Offered Gift With a Condition, Reconsidering Ruling on Religious Employees, Edward Waters Regains Full Accreditation

June 26, 2006
  • Aside from a few subgroups, males are doing just fine when it comes to enrollment and educational performance, according to a report being released today by Education Sector, a nonpartisan research organization. According to the report, which covers all levels of education, it's not that males are doing worse, but that females have made more substantial educational gains in recent years.
  • LeMoyne-Owen College, a financially struggling historically black college, has been offered $2.5 million from an anonymous donor -- on the condition that most of the college's trustees step down, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reported.
  • A federal appeals court announced last week that it is vacating a decision made last month that would have made it easier for clergy and other religious officials to sue religious colleges for employment discrimination. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit did not indicate its rationale in ordering a new hearing in the case, which involves a lawsuit against Gannon University, in Erie, Pa. The ruling against Gannon surprised many legal experts as religious colleges typically have considerable leeway in employment choices involving people performing religious duties.
  • Ending a protracted fight, Edward Waters College announced Thursday that it has earned full accreditation -- without warnings -- from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The historically black institution in Florida regained its accreditation last year. The accreditor had dropped recognition amid a controversy over documents the college submitted that were plagiarized from reports used by Alabama A&M University. But a federal judge ruled that the accreditor had failed to follow appropriate due process rules. The accreditation decision announced this week is much more of a boost for the college as it follows a review and does not appear to result merely from a court order.
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