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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 3:00am

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's plan to give state colleges autonomy while substantially cutting their funding was axed by Republican legislators Tuesday. 

Legislators said they planned to decrease Walker's proposed $300 million in higher education cuts. By how much they weren't sure.

Walker had planned to create a separate authority for the University of Wisconsin System, but instead legislators are now proposing very limited autonomy gains, such as freeing the Wisconsin system from state procurement guidelines. "We think it's an idea we should look at. We're just not prepared to implement it in this biennium," said State Senator Alberta Darling, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 4:16am

An Arizona judge on Tuesday ruled that public colleges in the state may offer in-state tuition to those who are participating in the Obama administration's program for students otherwise lacking legal documentation to remain in the United States, The Arizona Republic reported. A 2006 Arizona law bars any public benefits for those who are undocumented. But after President Obama in 2012 created a "deferred deportation" status for some of these students, the Maricopa Community College District decided that those students were in fact legally in the United States and so offered them in-state rates. Arizona sued to block the rates. The judge ruled that federal law, not state law, governs residency status, and so the state could not challenge the in-state rates offered by Maricopa.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 3:00am

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to release today "Dealing With Debt," our latest print-on-demand compilation of articles. The booklet is free and you may download a copy here. And you may sign up here for a free webinar on Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. Eastern about the themes of the booklet.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 3:00am

The Ph.D. Project, which works to diversify business school faculties, released a report Tuesday decrying the lack of diversity among business school deans. The report found that among the 1,601 business schools in the U.S., African-Americans are dean of just 33 -- or 2 percent. Hispanics account for just nine -- or 0.5 percent.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 3:00am

Corinthian Colleges on Tuesday formally asked the U.S. Department of Education to reconsider its nearly $30 million fine of the defunct for-profit college chain, which officials accused of misrepresenting job placement rates.

The company argued that the Education Department unfairly rushed to "publicly impose severe punishment" without following proper procedures and that officials did not individually justify each of the 946 alleged instances of faulty job placement rates, according to part of the appeal viewed by Inside Higher Ed.

Corinthian said it was appealing the department's findings “on both substantive and procedural grounds.” The company also takes aim at department’s decision to impose the maximum possible penalty for each finding.

“Rather than examine each circumstance separately, as the law requires, the department indiscriminately lumps together broad categories of allegedly erroneous disclosures and seeks the imposition of the maximum allowable fine in each instance to reach its headline-grabbing sum of nearly $30 million in penalties,” the company writes in the appeal.

The Education Department last month sent Corinthian a 14-page letter of findings, accusing the company of “serious violations” of federal law and job placement disclosure rules at its California-based subsidiary, Heald College. For example, according to the letter, the college claimed that an accounting program graduate who worked behind the counter at Taco Bell had been successfully placed in her field.

The company filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. Department officials have said they will continue to pursue the fine against the company.

In addition to submitting a written appeal on Tuesday, Corinthian also requested an administrative hearing


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 4:21am

The National Association for College Admission Counseling has released its annual list of colleges that are still accepting applications for admission this fall -- and there are more than 220 colleges on the list. While this total is lower than that of some previous years, NACAC cautions that the list is simply a service it offers to members, only some of which participate in any given year, so the ups and downs on the list should not be viewed as trend indicators. The list may be found here.




Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 4:12am

The Rutgers University mascot, the Scarlet Knight, is someone in a costume that portrays a white, blue-eyed man. But now the Rutgers Student Assembly has passed a resolution calling for diversity in the costume, so that it might sometimes portray the figure as races other than white, or as female, NJ.com reported. Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann told NJ Advance Media that she was happy to discuss the issue with student leaders. Advocates say that the mascot should reflect the diversity of the Rutgers student body.

The idea has generated considerable criticism from people who say that the students are being too literal about mascots. One comment on the issue at The Daily Targum, the student newspaper, says in part: "If student body representation is such an issue, perhaps someone should point out that nobody in the student body wears armor, either. With few exceptions, mascots -- even those designed as humans -- are not meant to represent anyone or anything. They're simply characters designed for entertainment, fan engagement, and marketing. You don't see Chicago Bulls fans complaining because the mascot is a furry red bull and not a human, do you?"


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 3:00am

In China, many people are proud of waking early, but university students, like their counterparts all over, struggle to get up in the morning. As a result, many campuses are seeing the formation of "wake-up call" clubs, The Wall Street Journal reported. In the clubs, students create phone trees and make sure the other club members get up on time.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Lisa Dinella, a psychologist at Monmouth University, discusses her research on the nature of gendered toys. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 3:00am

The American Studies Association announced Monday that its board is demanding that the Washington Redskins change its name. "The ASA, as a leading site of scholarship on indigeneity, on racism, on settler colonialism and on sport, and as an organization based in Washington, D.C., deplores the continuation the harmful nickname and images associated with the team," said a statement from the group. The move follows similar actions from other scholarly associations, including the American Anthropological Association and the Organization of American Historians. The press office of the team did not respond to a request for comment. hoping for update, but can't say I have a relationship with the Redskins VP


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