Quick Takes: Irvine Stops Accepting Transfer Payments, Fisk Art Deal Again Challenged, The Senior Student Market, Lourdes Criticized for Gay Club, Faculty Strike at Acadia, Reform in India

October 16, 2007
  • The University of California at Irvine has stopped an arrangement in which its continuing education division was accepting $500 for each student it referred who enrolled at Capella University, the Los Angeles Times reported.
  • Fisk University is again facing a challenge to its plans to sell its modern art collection, the Associated Press reported. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum on Monday sued to challenge a deal in which the university will sell a stake in the collection and share the art with the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The museum -- which at various points in time has been trying to make its own deal with Fisk -- says the arrangement would violate the terms under which the late artist gave the art to Fisk.
  • Americans aged 55-79 have a strong interest in higher education, but relatively few of them enroll, according to a new report from the American Council on Education outlining barriers they face and possible approaches for colleges to take in recruiting them.
  • Lourdes College, a Roman Catholic college in Ohio, is facing criticism from some alumni for recognizing a gay student group and allowing a nun to be one of its advisers, ABC 13 reported. One alumnus told the station, "I as a Catholic say this is wrong. This is what my pope says, this is what the Holy Father says, and this is what the morals of the Catholic Church have always believed." But Sister Ann Carmen Barone, who is advising the group, said, "You can't be Christian and not remember Jesus' invitation and command to love one another as I have loved you. Jesus says repeatedly, 'I came for all of us.'"
  • Classes were suspended Monday as professors walked off the job at Acadia University, in Nova Scotia, The Chronicle Herald reported. Key points of dispute are salaries and staffing patterns, with the faculty union saying that the university is planning to reduce the number of jobs, forcing larger classes. This is the second faculty strike at the university in four years.
  • Hundreds of vice chancellors of universities in India recently met to discuss the state of higher education. The Times of India reported widespread agreement on the need for major reforms, with officials complaining that their graduates weren't trained for jobs, that the curriculum was outdated, and that quality was being threatened.
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