Higher Education Quick Takes

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January 18, 2017

Pearson will later this month cut rental prices for more than 2,000 ebooks by up to 50 percent, the company said on Wednesday. This fall Pearson will also make its 50 most popular titles available through a new print rental program. The rental programs will be available through many of the retailers Pearson already works with, the company said in a press release.

January 18, 2017

The University of Virginia announced Tuesday that it will add 100 undergraduate slots for Virginians. Last year, the university enrolled 10,966 state residents undergraduates out of a total of 15,891. The university announcement of the new slots noted that, since 1990, enrollment of Virginians is up 49 percent, while total enrollment is up 41 percent. But many politicians have said that the university should admit more in-state applicants. The university also announced new grants of $2,000 for Virginians from families with incomes of less than $125,000 who do not receive grants or scholarships from other sources.

January 18, 2017

Three University of Oregon football players were hospitalized last week following a series of "grueling" off-season strength and conditioning workouts, The Oregonian reported on Monday. All three players remain in the hospital, and the mother of one of the athletes told the newspaper that her son was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, a rare condition in which muscle tissue degrades and can enter the bloodstream. In August, eight women's volleyball players at Texas Woman's University were also diagnosed with the condition, which is frequently caused by overexertion.

On Tuesday, the University of Oregon announced that it had suspended the football team's strength and conditioning coach.

"The safety and welfare of all of our student-athletes is paramount in all that we do," the university said in a statement. "While we cannot comment on the health of our individual students, we have implemented modifications as we transition into full training to prevent further occurrences."

January 18, 2017

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California System, has been undergoing cancer treatment for several months, the university announced Tuesday. The announcement did not specify the type of cancer.

"The treatment is nearly complete. President Napolitano had a previous diagnosis of cancer that was successfully treated. She has kept the chair of the UC Board of Regents informed throughout the course of her current treatment," a statement said. "During the course of this treatment, President Napolitano has consistently performed her wide range of duties at full capacity, without interruption or impact. Yesterday, however, she experienced side effects that required her to be hospitalized. According to her physicians, she is doing extremely well. They expect her to be discharged in the next day or so and back to her normal duties at full capacity very soon. While she is recuperating, UC’s senior leadership will continue to support President Napolitano in the management of the UC system and in advancing the university’s key priorities."

January 18, 2017

Immaculata University, in Pennsylvania, announced Tuesday that it is ending the requirement that undergraduate applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. The university is keeping the tests as a requirement for a few health professions programs.

January 18, 2017

Today on the Academic Minute, Paul Graham, associate professor of English at St. Lawrence University, takes a detailed look at the rare affliction celiac disease. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

January 17, 2017

Officials at LaGrange College probably thought they had pulled off a coup in getting U.S. Representative John Lewis (at right), a close ally of Martin Luther King Jr. and a civil rights hero in his own right, to speak on campus this month to honor Martin Luther King Day. But the college has been forced to defend the choice when some alumni objected to bringing in someone who is engaged in public argument with President-elect Donald Trump.

The Ledger-Enquirer reported that the college in Georgia released a sampling of critical messages it has received. Said one, “Why would you have someone who calls into question the legitimacy of President-elect Trump at our college? Bad move no matter what he has done in his lifetime to have him speak to the students. We think you should reconsider!” Another said, “I am so very disappointed in the news that John Lewis will speak at LaGrange College on MLK Day. There are so many more appropriate individuals/speakers who could have been selected to present this message on this day. I can only hope that the choices made by the school leadership will improve in the future.”

LaGrange is standing behind the invitation and issued a statement to that effect. A spokeswoman for the college said that most of the small number who have objected were alumni enrolled in the 1960s.

January 17, 2017

The board of Morehouse College has decided not to renew the contract of John Wilson as president, and he will leave after four years in office. The college’s press release praised Wilson. But The Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted that his tenure has been controversial, with criticism of budget cuts and tuition increases that Wilson said were needed due to financial problems.

January 17, 2017

Three suicide bombers attacked the University of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria on Monday, killing a university professor and a child, as well as the bombers themselves, the Associated Press reported. Official estimates of the number of people wounded range from 15 to 17. One explosion reportedly targeted a mosque where professors had gathered for early-morning prayers. A second blast occurred when police shot a 12-year-old girl wearing a suicide vest, setting off an explosion. The university has blamed the attack on the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

January 17, 2017

The University of Mumbai is planning to create a campus in the United States, The Indian Express reported. Officials said that they hoped to work with prominent Indian immigrants to the United States and perhaps to create joint degrees with American universities.

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