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Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:00am

Laureate Education, a for-profit chain with a global reach, paid Bill Clinton $16.5 million between 2010 and 2014, Bloomberg reported last week. Clinton had served as an honorary chancellor for Laureate International Universities, a subsidiary of the privately held company, which is among the world's largest higher education providers.

He stepped down earlier this year, after his wife, Hillary, officially launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Laureate had not disclosed how much it paid the Clintons. But Hillary Clinton's campaign released the couple's tax returns on Friday, Bloomberg reported.

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:00am

Bergen Community College has eliminated the positions of 64 full-time lecturers, who taught full course loads off the tenure track, NorthJerey.com reported. Those who lost their full-time positions are being asked to apply for course-by-course adjunct posts, for which the pay per course is lower. The individual course positions, unlike the full-time lecturer jobs, have no benefits. The cuts do not affect tenured faculty members.


Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:00am

The University of California at San Diego won a key first round last week in its legal battle with the University of Southern California over control of a massive database of research on Alzheimer’s disease. But on Friday, USC announced that it was suing UCSD, in a sign that this fight is not about to go away, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. UCSD says that a prominent professor, Paul Aisen, gave out inaccurate information to employees and took control of a project that UCSD owned when he left that institution for USC. But USC's suit -- to which UCSD says it will respond this week -- outlines a different perspective. USC charges that UCSD has harmed Aisen's reputation, tried to prevent him from leaving and is violating his academic freedom.


Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:00am

Cheyney University, a historically black institution in Pennsylvania, has been struggling with several years with deficits that have led the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to grant it three lines of credit. (Supporters blame inadequate state funding for the problems.) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that while many students and alumni highly value Cheyney, enrollment is dropping at a significant rate. In the fall of 2010, the university had 1,586 students, an enrollment level that fell to 1,022 last year. This fall, a 30 percent drop is expected, to 700 students. Some degree programs now have very few students. Math, for example, has only one.


Monday, August 3, 2015 - 4:35am

Regent University is adding 40 academic programs in the coming year, but is cutting low-enrollment programs, especially in languages, The Virginian-Pilot reported. University officials said the shifts responded to the interests of students and prospective students. Among the new programs are cybersecurity, computer science and healthcare management. The university is calling the changes a "major growth initiative," and is hiring new instructors and others for the efforts. But 17 faculty members and 23 staff members lost jobs due to the elimination of other programs, primarily in foreign languages.


Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:00am

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, used a radio show last week to question the way public universities are admitting out-of-state applicants. On WTOP's "Ask the Governor," he answered a question about whether Virginia residents should be worried about in state-applicants being rejected in favor of those from out of state, he said “absolutely, and not only worried, it’s just factual.” He added: "Some [schools] are a third to 40 percent out-of-staters because they pay so much more tuition, and that’s how they balance their budgets, so yes they should be concerned and that’s something we need to look at."

Data from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia show that while Virginia's competitive universities are admitting substantial numbers of out-of-staters, the admission rate is significantly higher for those from Virginia. At the University of Virginia, 1,214 of those who started last fall were from out of state, compared to 2,537 from Virginia. The admit rate for Virginians was 44 percent while that for out-of-state applicants was 23 percent.


Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:00am

Purdue University is currently in the fourth year of a tuition freeze about which President Mitch Daniels has boasted widely. During the time that the freeze has been in place, the number of in-state undergraduates has dropped by 1,228 and the number of out-of-state students has gone up by 336, The Indianapolis Star reported. With those changes, a majority of Purdue students (including graduate and professional students, which were already majority from outside Indiana) are now from outside the state. Out-of-state students pay much more in tuition, and those funds have become much needed during the tuition freeze. Tuition for a year at Purdue is 10,002 for Indiana residents, $29,000 for out-of-stater from the rest of the United States, and $31,000 for international students.


Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:00am

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, on Friday used a speech at the annual meeting of the National Urban League to criticize Governor Jeb Bush, a candidate for the Republican nomination who was to speak later that day. Clinton said she was pleased that other candidates would be attending, but said that she was concerned about a "mismatch" between what candidates tell groups like the Urban League and what they actually do. She didn't name Bush by name, but several times referenced "Right to Rise," the name of Bush's political action committee. People "can't rise if their governor makes it harder to get a college education," she said.

Clinton's apparent reference was to the impact of Bush, which governor of Florida, ending the consideration of race and ethnicity by Florida's public universities. Black enrollment dropped significantly at the University of Florida as a result. The same is true for Florida State University. And while Latino higher education enrollments have increased, many credit the state's population boom for that, and suggest that Bush's policies did not -- as he has boasted -- encourage those gains.

In his remarks at the National Urban League, Bush did not respond to what Clinton said. But he did say that, while he was governor, "we expanded our community college system and made it more affordable for low-income families. Florida in those years helped thousands more first-generation college students make it all the way to graduation."


Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:00am
Adjuncts at Whittier College gained some significant improvements to their working conditions in their first union contract, they announced late last week. They’ll see an increase in pay from $1,150 per credit hour to $1,550 by fall 2016, plus a $300 course cancellation fee within 21 days of the start of classes and pro-rated pay for any classes actually taught. A professional development fund also has been established. 
The Service Employees International Union-affiliated adjuncts also gained more job security, such as 1-year appointments starting with the second year of service (up from semester-to-semester appointments). The contract includes additional protections for reappointment and evaluation and a “just cause” standard for discipline and dismissal. 
Whittier adjuncts make up the third SEIU-related part-time faculty union to achieve a contract since SEIU began its Adjunct Action campaign, a major push to organize adjuncts across metro areas. Adjuncts at Tufts and Lesley universities saw similar gains in their first contracts. Dozens of other new unions are negotiating their first contracts.
Whittier President Sharon Herzberger said in an emailed statement that the college and SEIU "have been hard at work for about a year to reach a fair and mutually beneficial agreement. We look forward to continuing our constructive relationship with the union and our talented group of adjunct professors as we prepare to welcome our students in early September." (Note: This story has been updated from an earlier version to include Herzberger's comments.)
Monday, August 3, 2015 - 3:00am

The effects of last year's ruling in the lawsuit filed by Ed O'Bannon against the National Collegiate Athletic Association's over name and likeness payments were set to begin Saturday. In August, Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the NCAA violated antitrust law by not allowing athletes to be paid for the use of their names and likeness. The ruling would have allowed, though not required, colleges to pay players about $5,000 each year beginning on August 1.

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the NCAA a last minute stay of that injunction, preserving the status quo while the association appeals the original ruling. The NCAA has argued that allowing athletes to be paid any amount of money outside of scholarship funds would cause "irreparable harm" to its amateurism model. The court did not say when it would release its opinion on the appeal. 

"We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit today granted the NCAA’s motion for stay," Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal officer, said in a statement. "As a result, the NCAA will not be implementing any changes to its rules in response to the district court’s injunction at this time. We continue to await the Ninth Circuit’s final ruling.”


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