Quick Takes: Carnegie Designates Engaged Colleges, Sit-In at New School, Accidental Admissions at Northwestern, Inaugural Poet, No Contest Plea for Threatening Researchers, Grad Student Accused of Threatening Graduation, NCAA Cites Coastal Carolina

December 18, 2008
  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected 119 colleges and universities for its "community engagement" classification. These institutions will join 76 institutions identified in the 2006 selection process. The foundation is best known for its classifications based on the kinds of degree programs offered and the extent of graduate and research programs. But the community engagement classification is part of a new effort by the foundation to also set criteria that could be met by research universities, liberal arts colleges and community colleges. Institutions that seek to receive the designation must submit documentation describing their efforts -- curricular or otherwise -- to engage communities. The list of institutions newly designated may be found here.
  • About 75 students at the New School took over part of a building Wednesday night to call for the removal of Bob Kerrey as president, The New York Times reported. The protest follows a vote of no confidence by faculty members in Kerrey's leadership. Information about the students' demands may be found on their Web site and on an anti-Kerrey Facebook page.
  • It's hard to get in to the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management -- sometimes even if you have been told you were admitted. About 50 applicants who recently were told that they were accepted were informed this week that computer error had incorrectly sent them acceptance letters, when they actually had been rejected, the Chicago Tribune reported. Northwestern is refunding the application fees of the rejected applicants who briefly thought they had been admitted.
  • Elizabeth Alexander, professor of African American studies at Yale University, will read a poem as part of the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama next month. The announcement came Wednesday from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Information about Alexander's poetry -- as well as several of her poems -- may be found on the Web site of the Academy of American Poets.
  • Justin Bhagat Thind on Wednesday pleaded no contest to making threatening phone calls to scientists at the University of California at San Francisco who use animals in research, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Authorities said that he repeatedly called the researchers' homes, making "vile threats."
  • Authorities have charged a graduate student at Lamar University with sending an anonymous e-mail threatening bodily injury at this month's graduation ceremony, The Beaumont Enterprise reported. Officials say the student acted after being told he couldn't graduate this month.
  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Committee on Infractions on Wednesday placed Coastal Carolina University on two years' probation for violations in its women's golf program. The university was penalized for the actions of its former head coach, who both awarded improper financial aid to two golfers and misled one of them about how much athletics aid she could expect to receive. The NCAA also found that the former head coach engaged in unethical conduct for the "willful and blatant nature of his violations and his refusal to cooperate fully with the investigation."
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