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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00am

A Yale University report has cleared the officer who briefly detained a black student at gunpoint, renewing a debate over racial profiling on campuses. The student who was detained was not the actual suspect, but the student's father was a New York Times columnist who publicized the case. The Yale report found no violations of procedures. "Among its findings, the investigation concluded that the officer drew his firearm in the 'low ready' position, with his finger off the trigger at all times, and put his weapon back in its holster in a matter of seconds. The officer did not violate any Yale Police regulations regarding patrol procedures or the use of force, the report stated," said a summary by Yale of the report.

Charles M. Blow, the father of the student, said on Twitter: "So, according to Yale, this was 'in compliance with department policy'? No apology?" He followed that with "#sigh."

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00am

Tensions between the University of California System and state leaders escalated Tuesday, The Sacramento Bee reported. State officials have been pushing the university system to shift some admissions slots from out-of-state applicants to Californians. But in legislative testimony Tuesday, UC President Janet Napolitano said that the university could not increase in-state enrollment at current budget levels. “We will not be admitting students that we don’t know that we actually have funding for,” she said. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins called Napolitano's statement "UC’s latest attempt to use students as bargaining chips.”

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00am

An article in The Star Tribune explores a particular problem faced by Minnesota colleges in dealing with drunk students -- some wander or pass out outside and freeze to death. While colleges nationwide deal with students who pass out, Minnesota and other parts of the country are particularly dangerous in that these students could die, even if their alcohol intake alone would not have killed them.

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00am

Cengage Learning and Greenwood Hall on Tuesday announced a partnership that will see the two companies work together on products and services aimed at students. In a press release, Greenwood Hall said the partnership will target the "most significant challenges" facing higher education, including improving student outcomes. "To break it down -- Greenwood Hall has the expertise on the more administrative type services (financial aid, recruiting, enrollment) and we have it on the course solutions, tech and content side," a Cengage spokeswoman said in an e-mail. "Together we can offer institutions more services for students."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 4:26am

Thomas White has resigned as president of the Columbus College of Art & Design after only eight months in office, The Columbus DIspatch reported. There has been no public explanation of his departure. But the article noted controversy over his decision to replace the college's marketing department by outsourcing the work. And some feared that White was not a supporter of the fine arts programs.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00am

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to release today The Quest for Student Success at Community Colleges, our latest compilation of articles. As with other such print-on-demand booklets, the compilation groups together pieces that explore different strategies used by faculty members and institutions -- and efforts to track their success. The booklet is free and you may download a copy here. And you may sign up here for a free webinar on Wednesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Eastern, about the themes of the booklet.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00am

The number of physicians needed to treat the aging American populace will outstrip the supply of qualified doctors by between 46,000 and 90,000 by 2025, with primary care positions and surgical specialists accounting for between half and two-thirds of the shortfall, according to a study released Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The study attributes much of the projected shortfall to changing demographics, and a portion of it to the effects of health care reform.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00am

Academics on the job market pay a lot of attention to disciplinary societies’ job listings, but just how useful are those data? Are they really an accurate snapshot of the market? A new analysis posted on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Data Forum and accompanying commentary from Ronald G. Ehrenberg, the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics and director of the Higher Education Research Institute at Cornell University, suggest that they are. You can read the academy’s analysis -- which shows that job listings in most humanities fields are down at least 30 percent since their peak in 2007-08 -- along with Ehrenberg’s thoughts on why these numbers (while flawed) matter here.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00am

Siena College has announced that it will drop its SAT/ACT requirement for undergraduate admissions. “This progressive stance will better align the college with its commitment to a student-centered education,” said a statement from Brother F. Edward Coughlin, president of the college.

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Maurice Gattis, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, discusses his research on the impact of pro-gay stances held by religious denominations. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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