Quick Takes: Southern U. President Suspended, Top I.T. Issues, Settlement Over Student's Death, Texas Senate Approves Limit on 10% Admissions, $650M Royalty Payoff for NYU, $51M for Marquette

May 7, 2007
  • The board of the Southern University system has suspended the system president for two months, with pay, and ordered him to cooperate with an investigation into allegations that the board chairman sexually harassed university employees, the Associated Press reported. Ralph Slaughter, the president, had earlier said that he wasn't comfortable investigating the harassment allegations -- which have been denied by Johnny Anderson, the board chair -- because he reports to the board.
  • Financing for information technology is the top issue for colleges IT departments and the issue on which IT leaders in academe spend the most time, according to an annual survey released Friday by Educause.
  • Edward Waters College has agreed to pay $2.75 million to the family of a freshman who was shot and killed outside of his dormitory room in 2004, a day after he had written an essay about feeling unsafe on the campus, The Jacksonville Times-Union reported. Family members of Johnathan Glenn said that they were especially pleased that the college has improved campus safety since Glenn was murdered.
  • The Texas Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Friday to change the "top 10 percent" admissions system the state has used to promote diversity without using race-based affirmative action that was for a period of time banned by a federal appeals court. Under the admissions plan, all students in the top 10 percent of their high school classes are assured admission to the public university of their choice. The change approved by the Senate Friday -- which still requires House approval -- would let universities limit to 60 percent the percentage of new students admitted on class rank alone. The Dallas Morning News reported that only the University of Texas at Austin currently enrolls more than 60 percent of incoming students admitted in that way. Austin officials have said they need more flexibility, but other educators argue that the 10 percent system has been a success and shouldn't be weakened.
  • Oberlin College has announced that Marvin Krislov is the sole finalist for the college's presidency and should be appointed formally soon. Krislov is vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan, a position in which he played a key role in Michigan's successful defense before the U.S. Supreme Court of the right of colleges to use affirmative action in admissions. Krislov will succeed Nancy Dye, president since 1994. Dye has faced faculty criticism in recent years as Oberlin struggled with tight budgets and she announced her plans to retire as president last year following complaints from faculty leaders about whether the board was adequately reviewing her performance.
  • New York University and Royalty Pharma announced a deal under which NYU sold a portion of its royalty rights for the drug Remicade to the company for $650 million, with additional payments possible if sales of the drug meet certain targets. NYU researchers developed the science behind Remicade, which is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and other inflammatory diseases.
  • Marquette University on Friday announced a gift of $51 million from Raymond and Kathryn Eckstein, both graduates of the university, for a new law school facility.
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