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Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:31am

Historians are reacting with outrage to the ruling of a German court that the estate of Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi minister of propaganda, may claim royalties on excerpts from his diaries in a new scholarly biography, Times Higher Education reported. The suit itself raised concern from many scholars, who have assumed they could quote freely from diaries of long-dead Nazis. “It’s quite shocking,” said Neil Gregor, professor of history at the University of Southampton, “that these diaries … are being used, effectively, to profit so shamelessly from one of the chief culprits of Nazi genocide.” The suit involved Goebbels, by Peter Longerich, professor of modern German history at Royal Holloway of the University of London. Random House Germany, Longerich's publisher, is planning an appeal to the German Supreme Court.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:00am

Federal authorities have arrested a Massachusetts man and charged him with plotting an ISIS-style attack on an unnamed university, The Boston Globe reported. The man was arrested while purchasing four guns as part of an arsenal documents say he was gathering. Court filings describe how the man shifted his target to a university with the goal of killing more people.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:00am

The total number of colleges that U.S. Department of Education regulators are more closely monitoring because of concerns about their ability to handle federal funds ticked downward slightly last month, recently released data show.

The Education Department has updated its list of colleges facing extra scrutiny known as heightened cash monitoring. The new list shows that, as of June 1, 413 institutions were on the lower tier of cash monitoring, and 70 institutions were on the more restrictive level.

When the department first published the cash monitoring lists in March, 474 colleges faced the lesser restrictions and 69 colleges were on the higher level of scrutiny.

Education Department regulators may place a college on cash monitoring for any number of reasons ranging from serious concerns about administrative or financial capacity to missing a paperwork deadline. Colleges on the list face restrictions on how they access federal student aid money.

The new lists show that the Education Department has removed its aid restrictions on 16 Everest and WyoTech campuses, which were owned by Corinthian Colleges until February, when they were sold to ECMC’s Zenith Group. None of the other former Corinthian campuses that are now being run by Zenith are on the cash monitoring list.

Sixteen colleges found themselves newly on the lower level of cash monitoring as of June 1. The majority of them were placed on that status for failing the Education Department’s financial responsibility standards. Three public institutions -- Northern New Mexico College, Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, N.M., and Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi -- were slapped with the cash monitoring restrictions for submitting audit documents to the Education Department either late or not at all.

Ten colleges have been added to the list of colleges that the Education Department is most closely scrutinizing:

Name

City, State

Type

Reason

Bristol University

Anaheim, Calif.

Proprietary

Program Review -- Severe Findings

Eureka Institute of Health and Beauty

Miami

Proprietary

Administrative Capacity

Access Careers

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Proprietary

Accreditation Problems

The Dance Theatre of Harlem

New York

Private, Nonprofit

Program Review

Institute of Design & Construction

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Private, Nonprofit

Accreditation Problems

Salon & Spa Institute

Brownsville, Texas

Proprietary

Problems Relating to a Change in Ownership

Faith Evangelical College & Seminary

Tacoma, Wash.

Private, Nonprofit

Program Review -- Severe Findings

Hamilton Technical College*

Davenport, Iowa

Proprietary

Financial Responsibility

Court Reporting Institute of Louisiana*

Baton Rouge, La.

Proprietary

Audit Late/Missing

Max-trix Beauty College*

Houston

Proprietary

Audit Late/Missing

(*Denotes institution was previously on heightened cash monitoring, level 1 as of March and has now been upgraded to level 2.)

Overall, 81 colleges that were on either level of heightened cash monitoring in March were removed from the lists as of June 1. That includes 12 Corinthian-owned campuses that suddenly closed in April shortly before the company filed for bankruptcy.

Seven for-profit colleges and one private nonprofit college that faced the more stringent aid restrictions in March won removal from that designation by June: the Real Barbers College in Anaheim, Calif.; Stone Academy in West Haven, Conn.; Manhattan Beauty School in Tampa, Fla.; American College of Hairstyling in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; International Beauty School in Cumberland, Md.; American Institute of Medical Sonography in Las Vegas; Institute of Therapeutic Massage in Lima, Ohio; and Ohio Mid-Western College in Cincinnati.

Asian-American International Beauty College, a for-profit college in Westminster, Calif., was removed from cash monitoring level 2 but remained on level 1.

Heightened Cash Monitoring Over Time:

  March 1, 2014 March 1, 2015 June 1, 2015
# on HCM1 454 474

413

# on HCM2 75 69

70

Total 529 543

483

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:29am

Florida State University President John Thrasher met with the football team Monday (at right) and urged players to pay more attention to their behavior off the field, CBS Sports reported. In a statement after the meeting, Thrasher said: "In light of recent off-field incidents, I reiterated to our players that they simply cannot put themselves in situations that reflect poor behavior or cause harm to others. They must remember that playing football for FSU is a privilege, not a right. The actions of a few have the capacity to do serious damage to the reputation of our entire university." Earlier this month two football players -- one subsequently dismissed from the team -- were charged in separate incidents with striking women, one in a bar and one outside a bar.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:00am

Inside Higher Ed is pleased to release today "Faculty Salaries," our latest print-on-demand compilation of articles. The booklet features articles about trends, debates and strategies -- of individuals and of institutions. This compilation is free and you may download a copy here. And you may sign up here for a free webinar on Thursday, August 20, at 2 p.m. Eastern about the themes of the booklet.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:00am

Standard & Poor's Rating Services released its annual reports on median ratios for public and nonprofit private institutions this week. The rating agency found that of the 163 public institutions it rates, the number with negative outlooks (10 percent) is more than the number of institutions with positive outlooks (7 percent), a trend continuing from last year. Meanwhile, 81 percent of all rated public institutions have stable outlooks.

Among the 263 private institutions the agency rates, the number of institutions with negative outlooks (11 percent) is more than double the number of institutions with positive outlooks (5 percent).

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:26am

A state judge has ordered the University of California at San Diego to drop all findings of guilt (and an associated suspension) against a male student found guilty by the institution of sexual misconduct, The Los Angeles Times reported. The judge agreed with the male student that he had not been given appropriate due process in a hearing on charges brought by a female student. The judge agreed that the university erred in its hearing on the case, asking the female student only nine of the 32 questions submitted by the male student, and denying the male student access to any statements by 14 witnesses and the accuser. The judge also faulted the university for adding to the punishment of the male student, without explanation, after he appealed. The university is reviewing the ruling.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:00am

San Jose State University President Mohammad Qayoumi announced Monday that he will leave the university next month, but not for an easy retirement. He will assume an advisory role to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. He will serve as chief advisor to the president for infrastructure and technology.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Jay Pasachoff, astronomer at Williams College, details exciting intergalactic current events. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 3:00am

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, has signed into law a budget bill that removes provisions on tenure and shared governance from state law -- moves opposed by faculty leaders and administrators. Governor Walker and Republican allies have said that governing boards can replicate important features as system policy that need not be in state law. But this has not reassured many in higher education. Rebecca M. Blank, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, is among those who wrote to Governor Walker to try to get him to veto such provisions. The law has made Governor Walker, who is about to officially kick off his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, unpopular with academic leaders nationwide, and many groups have come out against the changes. But there have been no signs that the push has hurt the governor with his political base, or that Walker backers are hearing the pledges to move tenure protections to a system policy. Grover Norquist, the anti-tax advocate who is influential in conservative circles nationally, on Sunday wrote on Twitter: "Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, passed new budget that ends tenure for public universities. Saves $250 million."

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