Higher Education Quick Takes

Quick Takes

Subscribe to Inside Higher Ed | Quick Takes
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 3:00am

Donna Shalala, who is stepping down as president of the University of Miami, is expected to be named C.E.O. of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, The Wall Street Journal reported. Shalala served in President Bill Clinton's cabinet as secretary of health and human services and is a longtime friend of Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state and likely presidential candidate.

 

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 3:00am

More than 40 Russian universities -- including such leading institutions at Moscow State University -- have been missing deadlines on stipend payments to students since the start of the year, The Moscow Times reported. Some universities have blamed delays on "technical difficulties," while others have denied the delays. The Russian Education Ministry issued a statement that said that "the rectors of the universities that have violated students' rights and that are subordinate to the ministry will be held accountable."

 

Monday, March 9, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Paul Matthew Sutter, an astronomer and physicist at Ohio State University, profiles dark energy. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00am

Drexel University has decided to stick to its Philadelphia home. The university announced major plans in 2008 to build up both undergraduate and graduate programs in Sacramento. Then in 2011 the university called off the plans to build an undergraduate campus and said it would stick with graduate programs. But on Thursday the university announced it would phase out the graduate programs as well, after giving students time to finish their degrees.

"As we aligned Drexel’s programs and operations in recent years to better focus on pressing priorities -- improving academic quality, growing financial aid and increasing student retention -- it became more and more apparent that our efforts in Sacramento no longer advance our mission as a research university. Moving forward, we believe Drexel can best serve students and society through degree programs in Philadelphia and online, an enhanced connection to greater Philadelphia and new global academic and research partnerships," said a statement from John Fry, president of the university.

 

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00am

Wellesley College announced Thursday that it will admit transgender women. In addition to admitting those who were born as women and consider themselves women, the college will now "consider for admission any applicant who lives as a woman and consistently identifies as a woman."

 

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 4:38am

The Academic Senate of the Rancho Santiago Community College District has passed a resolution urging the district to end a $35 million consulting contract with the Saudi Arabian government, The Orange County Register reported. The resolution cites Saudi discrimination against women, Jews and others, and says that the college shouldn't be engaged in helping the Saudi government build education in a deeply discriminatory society. District leaders said they would be helping Saudi students and that the money they will be paid is similar to the funds going to other community colleges helping with such work.

 

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00am

Researchers at the University of the West of England and the humanitarian organization Oxfam are testing on the streets of Bristol a new urinal intended for refugee camps. The urinal uses urine to power microbial fuel cell stacks, which in turn generate electricity. To ensure the prototype sees plenty of traffic, the urinal is "conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar," the university said in a press release.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00am

Cheerleaders from Albany State and Tuskegee Universities were sent home this week after they got into a fight at a basketball tournament. Officials from the two universities are investigating, and video of the fight has gone viral. The video is courtesy of HBCU Sports.

 

 

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00am

I.T. leaders at colleges and universities need to be both master communicators and visionaries, team builders and persuaders, coaches and ambassadors -- and much more, according to Educause and Jisc, two higher education I.T. organizations that on Thursday presented a model for effective I.T. leadership. The two organizations partnered last year to define the skills required of chief information officers in the future, and published a report of their findings on Thursday.

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00am

Massive open online course provider Coursera this week drew the ire of some translators on Twitter after claiming "that the quality of the Coursera's Global Volunteer Translator Community... is better than a professional translator." The roughly 5,600 volunteer members of the community help translate lecture video subtitles. After a number of critical tweets, including from Coursera critic Paul-Olivier Dehaye, the MOOC provider deleted the tweet. Coursera later apologized in its Global Translator Community newsletter. Dehaye chronicled the exchanged on Storify.

Pages

Search for Jobs

Back to Top