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Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:00am

Emmanuel Christian Seminary on Wednesday merged into Milligan College, a Christian institution located across a highway from its campus. Milligan has 1,200 students and the seminary has 162. Officials said that the college worked with the seminary on financial issues over the last few years, prior to the merger.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:00am

The National Coalition Against Censorship has written to officials of Crafton Hills College, in California, raising questions about an apparently mandatory trigger warning placed on the syllabus of a course on graphic novels. A student in the course this year, along with her parents, protested that she considered some of the novels (many of them award-winning and taught as literature on many campuses) were obscene. The college declined the student's request to stop teaching the books, but said it would add a warning to the syllabus. The coalition's letter says: "We strongly urge the college not to set a dangerous precedent by adopting a general warning or disclaimer for this or any other course, but to leave the question of students’ sensitivities and preferences to be addressed on a case by case basis in discussions between individual students and faculty."

The college did not respond to requests for comment, but previously issued a statement defending its approach to the controversy.

 

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:00am

Regulations issued for a new law in Massachusetts will make it possible for adjunct faculty members in the state to earn sick time, a right they didn't previously have. While a state law in theory provided the right, the adjuncts needed (and obtained) regulations from the state that outline how their work hours are counted so they can earn sick time.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:00am

Seven former female basketball players sued the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Wednesday, alleging that current and former coaches created a "hostile environment" for black players, The Chicago Tribune reported. The lawsuit charges that coaches held segregated practices, called black players and opponents derogatory names, and punished black players more severely than their white teammates. seeking comment from uni. dl

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:00am

John Wiley & Sons, a publisher, this week announced a partnership with InsideTrack, a student coaching company, that will bring career coaching directly to students. InsideTrack also recently partnered up with Chegg, an online textbook rental company, to offer a similar service. They will get free, introductory career-related videos. Paid subscribers will get access to InsideTrack's web and mobile-enabled platform. InsideTrack's career coaches will work with students to assess their career readiness, to develop their skills and to help them plan their job search.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:00am

Steven Salaita, the controversial academic whose job offer to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was revoked last year, has a new job. He announced on Twitter that he will be the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies in the coming academic year, at the American University of Beirut.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:00am

Nizhny Novgorod State University this week fired an American vice rector, Kendrick White, shortly after a pro-Kremlin television show questioned why an American would have a senior position, the Associated Press reported. The television show criticized White for, among other things, hanging up portraits of American scientists. The rector, Yevgeny Chuprunov, asked about White's dismissal, said "such are the times now."

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:00am

A report from the European University Association released on Wednesday analyzes the impacts of performance-based funding systems in which universities are rewarded for producing certain outputs included in funding formulas or meeting targets agreed upon in performance contracts. The report finds that performance-based university funding can increase transparency and accountability in public spending and can support the strategic positioning of universities. But it also finds that "its effects are hard to control and are highly dependent on other factors such as the regulatory framework of a specific higher education system, the funding system and the share of funding allocated on the basis of performance as well as the institutional profile, income structure and internal management and governance." The report also warns of unintended adverse effects of performance funding tied to teaching or research-related outputs, such as the risk of professors "slicing" their research into multiple papers to boost their publication numbers. 

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Keith Clay, biologist at Indiana University, details the increasing presence of these insects. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 3:00am

Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, took home $1.8 million in compensation in 2013, USA Today reported. Emmert's compensation included $1.37 million in base pay, up 8 percent from the year before, plus a mix of deferred and other reportable compensation, according to the newspaper's review of the NCAA's federal tax form.

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