Higher Education Quick Takes

Quick Takes

December 20, 2012

Stanford University Press has started inviting authors to donate some or all of their royalties to a new fund with the goal of publishing more books by younger scholars. Alan Harvey, director of the press, said a few thousand dollars has been raised so far, and that more is likely -- especially when authors of some of the most popular books join the program. The funds will be set aside so that when the press is considering its ability to publish promising work by a young scholar, there is extra money available.

 

December 20, 2012

Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, will remain chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in the next Congress, Harkin announced Wednesday. "I intend to move forward with bills to ensure that all Americans are able to achieve the promise of a quality education – beginning in early childhood, continuing through elementary and high school, and culminating with higher education," Harkin said in a statement.

December 20, 2012

In today’s Academic Minute, Ian Kaplan of Purdue University explores the complex ecological and biological relationship between predators and their prey. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


 

December 20, 2012

The board of the District of Columbia voted Wednesday to fire Allen L. Sessoms as president, The Washington Post reported. A statement read by the board chair said that the trustees decided to go "in a different direction," but did not provide details. During the four years Sessoms was president, he helped create the university's community college -- a step many have said was long overdue for Washington. But Sessoms has been criticized for his travel expenses, and he has of late been proposing plans for significant budget cuts, including layoffs.

 

December 19, 2012

The State Higher Education Executive Officers Association has released new data on the wage premiums received by those who are college graduates. The data show a consistent economic advantage for those with a higher education. However, there is variation on the extent of the wage premium when the data are analyzed by field of study, and by state.

December 19, 2012

The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, a national accrediting agency, has dropped an inquiry into 10 campuses owned by Career Education Corp., the for-profit higher education provider announced Tuesday. The accreditor had asked the company to "show cause" why the campuses should not have their accreditation withdrawn in the wake of Career Education's earlier acknowledgment that it lacked sufficient documentation for some job placement data. The campuses are now free to pursue new academic program approvals.

December 19, 2012

Representative Tom Petri, a Wisconsin Republican, introduced a bill in Congress on Monday that would restructure federal student loans, making all repayment income-based and withholding payments directly from borrower's paychecks through the Internal Revenue Service. The loans would be unsubsidized. Petri, who was an early supporter of direct lending, has proposed such a program before with little result; his latest bill, H.R. 6674, has no cosponsors.

Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said he supported the bill, arguing it could "nearly eliminate student loan default." A similar system is used in Australia and has occasionally been mentioned as a model for the United States as concern about student debt has grown.

December 19, 2012

In today’s Academic Minute, Timothy Lyons of the University of California at Riverside explains the complex history of the Earth’s oxygen-rich oceans. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

December 19, 2012

The average salary of assistant football coaches at colleges with big-time athletic programs is now $200,000, according to an analysis by USA Today. (By comparison, the average salary of a full professor at a public doctoral institution is $121,000.) Two of the assistant coaches are earning more than $1 million, and several universities are spending in the seven figures for the assistant coaches as group. Clemson University's assistant coaches earn more than $4.2 million, while Louisiana State University's assistant football coaches earn more than $4 million.

 

December 18, 2012

Columbia University on Monday announced that Mortimer B. Zuckerman has pledged $200 million to endow a Mind Brain Behavior Institute to support interdisciplinary neuroscience research. The institute will involve faculty members from Columbia's arts and sciences, engineering and medical colleges.

 

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