Thomas White has resigned as president of the Columbus College of Art & Design after only eight months in office, The Columbus Dispatch reported. There has been no public explanation of his departure. But the article noted controversy over his decision to replace the college's marketing department by outsourcing the work. And some feared that White was not a supporter of the fine arts programs.
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The number of physicians needed to treat the aging American populace will outstrip the supply of qualified doctors by between 46,000 and 90,000 by 2025, with primary care positions and surgical specialists accounting for between half and two-thirds of the shortfall, according to a study released Tuesday by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The study attributes much of the projected shortfall to changing demographics, and a portion of it to the effects of health care reform.
Academics on the job market pay a lot of attention to disciplinary societies’ job listings, but just how useful are those data? Are they really an accurate snapshot of the market? A new analysis posted on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Data Forum and accompanying commentary from Ronald G. Ehrenberg, the Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics and director of the Higher Education Research Institute at Cornell University, suggest that they are. You can read the academy’s analysis -- which shows that job listings in most humanities fields are down at least 30 percent since their peak in 2007-08 -- along with Ehrenberg’s thoughts on why these numbers (while flawed) matter here.
Siena College has announced that it will drop its SAT/ACT requirement for undergraduate admissions. “This progressive stance will better align the college with its commitment to a student-centered education,” said a statement from Brother F. Edward Coughlin, president of the college.
Purdue University announced Monday that it was backing down on planned changes in the policies about paid time off. The university proposed a system that it said would be more straightforward than the current system, but employees counted the days and found that their possible paid time off would shrink. On Friday, hundreds packed a meeting to express frustrations over the plan. On Monday, the university sent a letter to employees saying that the planned changes would be put on a "pause." While changes haven't been determined, the letter said that in revised plans, "the number of allotted days will be increased."
Tennessee Temple University, a small Baptist college in Chattanooga, is expected to announce today that it will shut down and merge remaining operations with Piedmont International University, a Christian college in Winston-Salem, N.C., The Chattanoogan reported. Tennessee Temple has about 300 students. The institution had hoped to buy land and move, but was unable to raise the necessary funds.
Clarkson University and Union Graduate College on Monday announced discussions on possibly merging their graduate programs. Clarkson has a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Union, a free-standing institution that grew out of Union College, offers only graduate programs. A statement from the institutions said: "Clarkson’s national reputation in engineering, science and management would reinforce Union Graduate College’s strengths in those related disciplines, and offer additional resources to benefit students and alumni of each school. Meanwhile, Union Graduate College’s well-regarded programs in bioethics, healthcare management and education would allow Clarkson to expand its graduate offerings, which also include accredited programs in physical therapy and physician assistant studies."
Wei-Hock Soon, a researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, issued a statement Monday defending his work, which has been under sharp attack, The New York Times reported. Soon has published articles and spoken out questioning the scientific consensus that climate change is real. A previous Times article noted that he has received extensive financial support from the fossil fuel industry, but has not reported that financial connection in his journal articles, even though many of the journals require such disclosure.
In his statement, Soon attacked his critics. “This effort should be seen for what it is: a shameless attempt to silence my scientific research and writings, and to make an example out of me as a warning to any other researcher who may dare question in the slightest their fervently held orthodoxy," he said.