Quick Takes: Oversight of For-Profits in Calif., 30 Years for Killers of Vermont Anthropologist, San Diego Deal Probed, Eastern Ore. President Quits, Mixed Ruling on Student Press Case, Surge in Female Enrollment at RPI, Europe Extends Exchange Efforts

July 16, 2007
  • California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill Thursday that would provide for oversight of the state's career colleges through January 31, The Sacramento Bee reported. The measure, which relies on voluntary compliance, provides some temporary relief after a California law regulating the for-profit sector became inoperable July 1. A more permanent solution being considered by the Legislature faces heavy criticism, and an uncertain future.
  • The men who in 2005 murdered James Petersen, chair of the University of Vermont anthropology department, while he was conducting research in Brazil, have been convicted by a Brazilian court and sentenced to jail terms of 30 years. Petersen, who was widely admired by faculty colleagues and students, was 51 when he was killed.
  • San Diego's city attorney is investigating a deal in which two developers may have bought property below market value by falsely claiming to be acting on behalf of the San Diego Community College District, and then earned a profit of more than $500,000 by selling the property to the district, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
  • Khosrow Fatemi, president of Eastern Oregon University, on Friday announced his resignation, effective July 31. Fatemi has been president at the university for three years, during which it has faced enrollment declines and budget cuts, and his handling of the situation resulted in a vote of no confidence by the faculty.
  • A college president violated the First Amendment when she nullified the results of student government elections because the student newspaper had endorsed a slate of candidates, but student government leaders who postponed the election cannot be sued because they are not "state actors," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Friday in a case that has stretched on for a decade. But the court's complicated ruling does not come close to resolving the lawsuit involving the City University of New York's College of Staten Island's spring 1997 elections: The appeals panel directed a lower court to decide whether the college's president, Marlene Springer, can be held liable in the case or is shielded by state immunity.
  • An article in The Albany Times-Union Sunday detailed the way Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has increased its female enrollments. In the fall, 31 percent of first year students will be women -- which represents a 54 percent increase in the last five years.
  • The European Commission voted last week to extend the Erasmus Mundus Program, currently slated to end next year, through 2013. The program assists European graduate programs in becoming more international in focus, and provides grants to graduate students seeking to enroll at European universities.
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