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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 4:28am

For weeks, there has been speculation that Hillary Clinton was preparing a plan to promote debt-free college. That speculation really took off Wednesday when Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, referenced the idea in an interview with CNBC. Asked about how Clinton would appeal to younger voters, Mook said, “What voters are looking for in this election is someone who’s going to be a champion for everyday people. For young people that’s debt-free college, that’s finding that job after you graduate.” Representatives of Clinton's campaign declined to say to Politico that Mook's statement represented an official campaign endorsement of the policy, but said that Clinton would be releasing detailed proposals on paying for college.
 

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 3:00am

Feminists United, a student group at the University of Mary Washington, will today announce that it is filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education charging the institution didn't do enough about threats against group members on Yik Yak, a social messaging service, The Washington Post reported. One of the group's members was killed last month, although there is no clear link between her murder and the Yik Yak posts. University officials said that they act on all threats and are committed to student safety.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 3:00am

Ohio State University spent more than $4 million to travel to two college football playoff games last season, according to financial numbers reported to the National Collegiate Athletic Association and obtained by CBS News. The University of Oregon, which lost to Ohio State in the final playoff game, spent $3.8 million. The University of Alabama spent $2.6 million on its semifinal loss to Ohio State, spending $580,000 more on that one trip than Ohio State despite traveling from a closer distance. Florida State University spent $2.3 million on its loss to Oregon.

The amounts, however, don't factor in the record payouts the colleges will receive from the playoff's media contracts. ESPN pays the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences about $470 million per year to broadcast the games.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 3:00am

Transform CSCU 2020, the plan to reform Connecticut’s regional universities and community colleges, is being slowed down after relentless criticism from faculty members at the 17 colleges and universities in the system, The Hartford Courant reported. Several of the institutions in the system have voted no confidence in the plan and in Gregory W. Gray, president of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, and faculty members say they have not been included in the decision-making process about the system's future. The plan has suggested the system needs to consolidate some of its programs and deliver more education online.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 3:00am

The national Phi Sigma Sigma organization is suing a former member for leaking details that sisters pledge to keep secret forever, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. The woman (who is not named in the suit against her) is accused of sharing secrets with an online cartoon. Among the secrets allegedly revealed: the handshake, the robe colors, a knock and an oath.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Mary Kate Donais, a chemistry professor at Saint Anselm College, discusses work with X-ray fluorescent technology that is very useful at dig sites. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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.

 

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