Quick Takes: The Last Announced Delay in Doctoral Rankings, Yeshiva U. Loses $110M, 'Triple Guarantee' From Manchester, Rice Adds Aid, From Williams to Northwestern, York U. Strike Escalates, Scrooge Is Alive and Well

December 17, 2008
  • The National Research Council has once again fallen behind on plans to release its long awaited rankings of doctoral programs. The most recent timetable called for release of the methodology this month, and the actual rankings by mid-February. Now, the methodology will be released some time in January, with the rankings coming out sometime from mid-February to mid-March. Charlotte Kuh, who is directing the project, said that the review of the methodology wasn't complete and that had prevented a wider launch soon. Kuh also said that the NRC has decided to stop announcing scheduling delays and will not comment on the release date until one week prior to release. "This is a huge project with imponderables about imponderables -- and I am very tired of NRC DELAYED AGAIN headlines," Kuh said via e-mail.
  • Yeshiva University lost $110 million in investments tied to Bernard Madoff, a former board member charged with cheating investors -- many of them nonprofit groups -- out of $50 billion, Bloomberg reported. The university has retained a lawyer to consider its options.
  • Manchester College, in Indiana, has announced a "triple guarantee" to help students and their families. Students are assured enough financial aid to enroll, and that if they can't get the classes they need to graduate in four years, they pay no tuition for taking the remaining courses in a fifth year. The third part of the pledge is that within six months of graduation, students will either have a job or admission to graduate school or they can return for another year, without paying tuition. To be eligible for the third part of the pledge, students must meet the following requirements: seek employment or admission to graduate school, complete an internship and/or successful campus employment, participate in at least one significant campus extracurricular activity or extensive volunteer experience, "fully utilize" campus career services, and receive a positive letter of recommendation from their academic adviser.
  • Rice University is expanding its "no loans" policy so that financial aid packages for undergraduates will not contain any loans for those with family income of up to $80,000 -- up from $60,000. In addition, for undergraduates for whom loans are part of the package, the university is reducing its four-year loan cap to $10,000, down from $14,500.
  • Northwestern University announced Tuesday that Morton O. Schapiro will become its next president. Schapiro, president of Williams College, is also a leading scholar on the economics of higher education. While he will be moving from a liberal arts college to a research university, Schapiro is moving from one college where purple is the official color to another.
  • Striking teaching assistants at Canada's York University have occupied a hall outside the president's office, demanding increased efforts to resolve their strike, The Toronto Star reported. The strike has prevented classed from taking place for more than a month.
  • In a season in which many adjuncts are finding out that they don't have jobs next semester, this may not represent the largest injustice, but still.... The Palm Beach Post reported that South University's West Palm Beach campus decided to cut costs on its holiday party this year by eliminating some of the guests. While adjuncts have been invited in previous years, they didn't make the for-profit institution's invite list this year -- only full-time faculty members were welcome. No apparent economizing on the party location, which the Post said was held at The Breakers.
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