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Monday, June 21, 2010 - 3:00am

  • Ron Dorn, vice president for administration and finance at Minot State University, in North Dakota, has been chosen as vice president for resource management at North Idaho College.
  • Wendy deProphetis Driscoll, assistant professor of chemistry at Wagner College, in New York, has been promoted to associate professor of chemistry there.
  • Jett M. (Jay) Fisher, executive director of Associated Alumni at Sewanee -- University of the South, has been promoted to vice president for university relations there.
  • Megan Gillick, senior director of development for intercollegiate athletics and associate campaign director at Oregon State University, has been appointed vice president for advancement at Loyola University Maryland.
  • Kent Kalm, visiting professor in the department of health and exercise science at Gustavus Adolphus College, in Minnesota, has been named assistant professor in the department of health and exercise science there.
  • David Lynch, vice president of external relations at Graduate Leverage, in Massachusetts, has been chosen as regional director of the northeast United States at the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • F. Charles Mace, professor of school psychology at the University of Southern Maine, has been appointed Unicorn Children's Foundation Endowed Chair and executive director of the Autism Institute at Nova Southeastern University.
  • Mark Zafereo, assistant director of external relations at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, has been appointed senior director of university advancement at the University of Houston Victoria.
  • The appointments above are drawn from The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also includes a comprehensive catalog of upcoming events in higher education. To submit job changes or calendar items, please click here.

    Monday, June 21, 2010 - 3:00am

    Campuses in the University of North Carolina System are scheduled to have 17 buildings completed in the next year, some of them sophisticated science facilities, but they may not open as the state can't provide any money to operate them, The Raleigh News & Observer reported. Lacking funds, the universities would have to pay for maintenance and utilities by cutting from academic funds, which are already due to receive major cuts.

    Monday, June 21, 2010 - 3:00am

    A federal trial begins this week on what could be a key legal case for Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The case involves a suit against Quinnipiac University over a move to eliminate its women's volleyball team. The university has denied wrongdoing. The suit charges that the university counts its men's and women's rosters in ways to create a false impression of relative gender equity. One of the issues in contention, as the Associated Press reported, is whether the university can count its "competitive cheer squad" as an athletic team.

    Monday, June 21, 2010 - 3:00am

    If you are worried that state legislators are making huge cuts to education programs without recognizing the consequences or taking responsibility, this video on The Huffington Post of an interview with an Arizona state senator won't comfort you. But if you are worried about the state of student journalism, you might be encouraged by the tough, informed questions about cuts in vocational and technical education.

    Friday, June 18, 2010 - 3:00am

    Students who have been on strike at the University of Puerto Rico for two months reached a tentative agreement Thursday that could allow normal operations to resume, The New York Times reported. Under the agreement, the Board of Regents would call off plans to increase fees in a way that would have doubled the cost of attendance. Further, strike organizers have been assured that they will not face punishments.

    Friday, June 18, 2010 - 3:00am

    Stanley Ikenberry, who returned to his old job as president of the University of Illinois when when institution found itself between presidents due to a scandal over politically influenced admissions decisions, has called off a plan by the university to honor him with a $100,000 statute, the Chicago Tribune reported. Plans for the statue were set and an artist selected, but when the Tribune started looking into the statue, Ikenberry killed the project. The university is facing deep budget cuts and a spokesman said that Ikenberry "didn't want to generate any ill will toward the university or put the university in an embarrassing situation."

    Friday, June 18, 2010 - 3:00am

    Athletes at the University of San Francisco spent thousands of dollars designated for textbooks on other expenditures, one of several violations that led the National Collegiate Athletic Association to place the university on two years' probation Thursday. The case, which was adjudicated through the NCAA's summary disposition process, also involved 535 long-distance phone calls that athletes were inappropriately allowed to make free, and a finding that the university failed to monitor its sports program adequately. USF agreed to donate $28,000 -- about double the value of the violations -- to charity as part of its penalty.

    Friday, June 18, 2010 - 3:00am

    The University of Memphis has agreed to let a lesbian couple (one of whose members is a senior at the university) and their children get a family pass to use the recreation center, reversing an earlier denial of the pass, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported. The two women were originally told that they needed some proof of their relationship so they registered as domestic partners in Eureka Springs, Ark., but the university said that didn't count -- and Tennessee law bars the recognition of same-sex couples. Amid criticism of the policy, the university has now agreed to provide the family passes to any family that can show it is living as a family unit, regardless of legal marriage status.

    Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:00am

    BP has announced three grants for a total of $25 million for research on ecological issues related to the environment disaster in the Gulf of Mexico:

    • $5 million to Louisiana State University.
    • $10 million to the Florida Institute of Oceanography, at the University of South Florida.
    • $10 million to the Northern Gulf Institute, a consortium led by Mississippi State University.
    Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:00am

    The high degree of remedial work that students take in college is evidence of failure of the education system, and higher education leaders and policy makers must undertake a much more systematic effort to solve the problem, the Education Commission of the States argues in a new report. The paper, "Getting Past Go: Rebuilding the Remedial Education Bridge to College Success," helps begin a larger effort by the group to build a cohesive policy within and among states to build what are now often narrowly framed programs and innovations into wide-scale reforms. “We can no longer rely on incremental, institutionally based changes to remedial instruction, but instead must use policy to develop state and postsecondary system strategies that can be implemented, evaluated and continuously improved,” said Bruce Vandal, director of Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development at ECS.

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