Higher Education Quick Takes
Officials in Sri Lanka are offering land and tax breaks to recruit about 10 foreign universities to set up campuses there, The Asian Tribune reported. Officials expect campuses to be set up by a Thai university, Asian Institute of Technology, an Indian university, Manipal University, and others.
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Bloomberg has published a detailed analysis of athletic spending at Rutgers University, which the news service found to have spent more on athletics than any other public university, with 40 percent of the funds coming from student fees and the university's general fund, at a time of deep budget cuts to academic programs. The story contrasts academic cuts -- a salary freeze for professors, faculty members having to pay for some journals themselves -- with the university's subsidies for sports. Each year the football coach, Greg Schiano, stays on, the university forgives $100,000 of a no-interest home loan it made to him. Schiano is paid $2.03 million a year. The average associate professor earns less than the amount his home loan is reduced each year.
A convicted felon serving a 20-year sentence for securities fraud and money laundering has, in 100 hours of interviews with Yahoo Sports, laid out allegations of massive violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules in the sports program at the University of Miami. An 11-month investigation by the news site includes charges by Nevin Shapiro (and backed by others) that the former Miami booster gave many thousands of dollars in cash and other gifts to dozens of athletes, improperly recruited players to the university, and illegally paid Miami coaches, too. According to Yahoo Sports, Shapiro has shared many of the allegations (and evidence) with federal prosecutors and the NCAA. Miami officials told the website that they took the charges seriously.
Professors at West Virginia State University voted Tuesday, 67 to 15, that they have no confidence in President Hazo Carter, The Charleston Daily Mail reported. Carter has been president since 1987. Faculty members cited a lack of leadership, of responsiveness, and of good financial plans as reasons for their vote. The university hired a fund-raising consultant last year to plan for a campaign to raise $25.5 million, but learned that many would-be donors had major criticisms of the university and were not willing to donate large sums. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Carter said that the frustrations grew out of his long tenure as president. "What happens is that when a person is in one place for a long time, the longer you're someplace, the more often you have an opportunity to make decisions that some people don't like," he said. "Of course, that's fine, because that's what management is all about."
Governor Dannel P. Malloy met Monday with leaders of Connecticut's private colleges, and heard their complaints of over-regulation by the state, The Hartford Courant reported. College leaders complained that some regulation takes too long (disputed by some state officials) and that it is inconsistent. Four colleges in the state -- Connecticut and Trinity Colleges, and Wesleyan and Yale Universities -- are exempt from state requirements that new programs at private colleges be approved. Malloy said he was sympathetic to the complaints, but couldn't argue for eliminating all regulation. "We over-regulate, I have to agree with you," he said. But he added: "I'm not saying there shouldn't be some basic review. I'm not a no-review guy."
The University of Tokyo is considering a shift in its academic year, from the current system of starting in the spring to instead starting in the fall, The Mainichi Daily News reported. The move is being considered in part to better align the university with those of many other nations, potentially encouraging more collaboration. If the University of Tokyo makes the shift from the traditional schedule of Japanese universities, many others are expected to follow.
The American Bar Association has imposed a public censure on the law school of Villanova University over its past practice of reporting inaccurate grades and LSAT scores of incoming students in an apparent bid to improve its standing in the rankings, The ABA Journal reported. The sanctions could have been worse, up to removing Villanova from the list of ABA-approved law schools. But the ABA settled for a public censure because the law school determined who was involved in the deception, and none of those people are still employed there.