Seoul National University has changed its governance rules to give one foreign faculty member, who must be fluent in Korean, a seat on the university's council, the Yonhap News Agency reported. The foreign representative will provide input for the council on the views of foreign faculty members and will translate council minutes into English for distribution to the non-Korean faculty.
Higher Education Quick Takes
Full-time faculty members, librarians and counselors at Seminole State College of Florida voted last week to unionize and to affiliate with the United Faculty of Florida, which in turn is an affiliate of both the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. The vote to unionize was 115 to 67. The new chapter will be the 25th for the United Faculty of Florida.
The University of Connecticut acknowledged on Friday that its men's basketball team had violated National Collegiate Athletic Association rules through improper recruitment of players -- but continued to challenge an allegation by NCAA enforcement officials that its Hall of Fame coach, Jim Calhoun, had "failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance." The university's statements came as it formally responded to the NCAA's Notice of Allegations, which its officials received in May.
Peace College, a women's college in North Carolina, has offered all full-time faculty members buyouts, The Raleigh News & Observer reported. Debra Townsley, president of the college, declined to say whether the buyout offers were budget-related. She said that the college is currently reviewing its academic programs, although it is not yet clear where that review will lead. "It's a changing market place," she told the News & Observer. "We have limited resources, and we want the flexibility to be able to implement some of these things."
The University of Oregon has asserted that it has one of the few big-time athletic programs that are self-sufficient. But an article in The Oregonian revealed that about $8.5 million from the university's general funds has been used to pay for academic support for athletes over the last nine years. University officials said that they viewed that spending as appropriate, but the article noted that other universities that claim self-sufficiency pay for such academic support from athletic funds.
Three professors were this morning named winners of the 2010 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for their work on labor markets, and for their work explaining how societies can at the same time have large unemployed populations and many job vacancies. The winners are Peter A. Diamond of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dale T. Mortensen of Northwestern University and Christopher A. Pissarides of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Faculty members at the University of Louisville on Thursday subdued a graduate student who took out a loaded gun during a meeting, apparently planning to kill herself, the Associated Press reported. Faculty members jumped on the student when she took out the gun and said, "Well I guess this is it." There were no injuries.
Westwood College Online has stopped enrolling new students in Wisconsin amid a dispute with the state board that regulates for-profit colleges in the state, The Wisconsin State Journal reported. While Westwood is complying at least for now with a demand by the state board that it stop operations in the state, the college maintains that the board is exceeding its authority.
The faculty of the Sage Colleges voted last week to end the requirement of the SAT or ACT for undergraduate admissions at Russell Sage College and the Sage College of Albany. Terry Weiner, Sage’s provost, said in a statement that the colleges have found high school grades and class rank to be the best ways to predict college success. Weiner added: "In this time of economic distress students should not have to choose between expensive cram courses or tutoring for these tests, or worry about losing ground in the competition for college admission."
Virginia Wesleyan College, meanwhile, announced that it was going test-optional for all prospective freshmen with a grade-point average of 3.5 in a college preparatory curriculum.
Many students in California held protests Thursday over budget cuts to higher education. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that thousands of students rallied at the University of California at Berkeley, with some of them occupying one of the campus libraries. While the most recent budget news for higher education in California has been positive, rally organizers said that serious damage had been done to the state's universities in recent years -- well beyond what can be repaired with modest gains this year.