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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 3:00am

Black students -- backed by many others -- are protesting Yale University's announcement last week that it is retaining the name of Calhoun College, a residential college named for John C. Calhoun, who was among the most notable political defenders of slavery in the United States. Yale said that removing the name -- as many minority students have demanded -- "could have the effect of hiding the legacy of slavery," and pledged to do more to provide context for the Calhoun name.

Students aren't accepting that. At a protest Friday, they referred to Calhoun by other names and planted signs on campus with other names or referring to "the college formerly known as Calhoun."

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 3:00am

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Friday announced that the city will provide free community college tuition to graduates of the city's public high schools who meet certain conditions. To be eligible, students must earn a 2.2 grade point average in high school, be able to complete community college on a two-year schedule, be eligible for Pell Grants and place out of developmental classes. The program applies at either Bunker Hill Community College or Roxbury Community College. The program will be funded by the Neighborhood Jobs Trust, which collects fees from large-scale commercial developments in Boston.

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 3:00am

The Education Writers Association on Sunday released "State of the Education Beat 2016," an examination of trends in journalistic coverage of all levels of education. Among the findings:

  • Reporters are far more likely to be covering both higher education and elementary and secondary education than they are to have a beat focused entirely on higher education.
  • Ninety-five percent of education journalists believe that their work has a positive impact on education.
  • Seventy-one percent of journalists who cover education are women.
  • Seventy-eight percent of journalists who cover education are white.
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 3:00am

James G. Neal, the former vice president for information services and university librarian at Columbia University, on Friday was narrowly elected the next president of the American Library Association. Neal edged out Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills Public Library in Michigan, by a few hundred votes. A member of the ALA since 1976, Neal will assume the presidency following next year's annual conference.

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 3:00am

Part- and full-time faculty members at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles voted 54-7 to form a union affiliated with the American Association of University Professors, they announced Friday. Many instructors are working filmmakers and members of other industry unions. The conservatory did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 3:00am

Today on the Academic Minute, Chris Hernandez, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University, delves into how bones heal themselves and return to their original function, which could give machines in faraway places a chance to last longer without replacement parts. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 4:15am

Sean Decatur, president of Kenyon College, has announced that the college will commission an independent review of the way it handles sex assault allegations, and has said that the inquiry may lead to difficult questions for the college. He noted that he has regularly heard from victims of sex assaults, and those accused, with both groups saying that the system does not work fairly. The Kenyon announcement follows a widely read essay by a Kenyon alumnus detailing the way he says the college mishandled the sexual assault of his sister, a Kenyon student, failing to find any wrongdoing by the man accused of assaulting her.

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 4:26am

Cynthia Clark is suing the University of Texas at Arlington, charging that she lost her job as a lecturer after her diagnosis of liver cancer, The Star-Telegram reported. Clark tried to get courses assigned to her after she was hospitalized but describes being turned down for positions and losing her health insurance, despite having taught for years, winning rave reviews. She had started at the university as an adjunct and rose to the rank of senior lecturer. The university said it does not comment on litigation.

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 3:00am

Four students at the University of Georgia were killed and another was injured in a car crash Wednesday night. The university is offering counseling services, and placed a bow on a campus archway in memory of the students. Details from the university may be found here.

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 3:00am

Apollo Education Group shareholders will have more time to vote on a proposed change in ownership for the parent company of the University of Phoenix.

The vote, which was scheduled to take place today, has been delayed until May 6 to give shareholders more time to make their decision. The proposal would sell the company to a consortium of private investors for $1.1 billion.

Of the votes that have come in so far, "nearly 58 percent voted for the proposed transaction," according to an Apollo news release.

"We are gratified that the shareholders who voted in favor of the transaction recognized that this offer represents the best available outcome," said Greg Cappelli, chief executive officer of Apollo, in a statement.

In a letter to shareholders on Tuesday, the company recommended they vote in favor of the proposal. If they didn't, the company would explore other options, including selling Phoenix separately.


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