Higher Education Quick Takes

Quick Takes

June 17, 2010

BP has announced three grants for a total of $25 million for research on ecological issues related to the environment disaster in the Gulf of Mexico:

  • $5 million to Louisiana State University.
  • $10 million to the Florida Institute of Oceanography, at the University of South Florida.
  • $10 million to the Northern Gulf Institute, a consortium led by Mississippi State University.
June 17, 2010

The high degree of remedial work that students take in college is evidence of failure of the education system, and higher education leaders and policy makers must undertake a much more systematic effort to solve the problem, the Education Commission of the States argues in a new report. The paper, "Getting Past Go: Rebuilding the Remedial Education Bridge to College Success," helps begin a larger effort by the group to build a cohesive policy within and among states to build what are now often narrowly framed programs and innovations into wide-scale reforms. “We can no longer rely on incremental, institutionally based changes to remedial instruction, but instead must use policy to develop state and postsecondary system strategies that can be implemented, evaluated and continuously improved,” said Bruce Vandal, director of Postsecondary Education and Workforce Development at ECS.

June 16, 2010

Eastern Michigan University adjunct lecturers have voted overwhelmingly to unionize and to affiliate with the local chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. The union estimates that the 560 adjunct lecturers at the university teach over a third of all first-year classes at the university. Non-tenure-track faculty members have unionized in recent years at a number of Michigan public universities and drives are under way at Central Michigan and Ferris State Universities.

June 16, 2010

A new survey by the National Association for College Admission Counseling has found that 60 percent of colleges report receiving applications from students without legal documentation to stay in the United States. The share is higher at public colleges (71 percent) than privates (just over half). Among the most selective colleges, 86 percent reported receiving applications from undocumented students.

June 16, 2010

The board of South Carolina State University voted 7-to-4 Tuesday not to renew the contract of George Cooper as president, ending his tenure after two years in office, The Charleston Post and Courier reported. Board members who voted to end Cooper's tenure did not discuss why they did so, but one board member who backed the president said that those voting to remove him had "unrealistic expectations and look for quick change."

June 16, 2010

A recent Brown University graduate has sued a man she accused of rape in 2006, saying he is violating an agreement not to discuss the case, the Associated Press reported. The two reached an agreement under which he would leave Brown -- where he was then a student -- and not discuss the case. But he has done so by suing the woman, her father and the university, charging that he was unfairly pressured to leave over an untrue allegation, and that Brown's response was influenced by the fact that the woman's father is a donor.

June 16, 2010

Auburn University is planning to start a campus in China, in a partnership with Shanghai University, The Birmingham News reported. While plans are not final and still need further approvals, the idea is to offer engineering degrees from both universities.

June 16, 2010

Birmingham-Southern College may have to cut up to 20 percent of its budget because it recently discovered several years in which it awarded millions in financial aid beyond the institution's formulas, The Birmingham News reported. The article said that the formula called for the college to provide only the aid needed beyond federal Pell Grants, but that the aid office had been adding Pell Grants to students' need rather than subtracting it. Some high ranking officials have resigned as a result, the newspaper said.

June 15, 2010

The University of Waterloo said Monday that it would suspend its football team from competition in the 2010-11 academic year because of rampant steroid use by team members. The university's statement said that it had ordered teamwide drug testing after reports that police were investigating a player for trafficking in steroids. Canwest News Service reported that as many as nine players tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs. An official of Canadian Interuniversity Sport, the country's college sports governing body, called the situation "the most significant doping issue" in its history.

June 15, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education has written a letter notifying colleges that the copyright provisions attached last fall to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 will take effect in July. The provisions, meant to help curb illegal sharing of copyrighted material such as music files on campus networks, require institutions to educate their students on what constitutes illegal sharing; deter them from engaging in such sharing; and develop plans to “offer alternatives to illegal downloading.”

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