U.F. Online, the University of Florida's online arm, has after a yearlong search found a new director. Evangeline Cummings, director of the strategic management division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will replace founding director Elizabeth D. Phillips, who resigned two months after U.F. Online launched in January 2014. W. Andrew McCollough, associate provost for teaching and technology at the university, has served as interim director during the last 12 months. Cummings, who according to a LinkedIn profile received her bachelor's degree from U.F., will assume the position July 1.
Higher Education Quick Takes
The late Dean Smith, the legendary basketball coach who died last month, left $200 to each of the basketball players he coached over 36 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sports Illustrated reported. The players are receiving the checks with a note encouraging them to "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is continuing to fund projects that tackle digital scholarship and publishing in the humanities, and on Friday the foundation announced another round of such grants. Among the recipients are university presses at the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, Indiana University, Northwestern University and Pennsylvania State University, which will cooperate on developing a publication and preservation platform for digital scholarship. "The ultimate goal is to create a shareable, open-source solution for born-digital complementary monograph materials as well as a working model that maximizes the publishing strengths of university presses and the preservation expertise of libraries," a Michigan spokeswoman said in a press release.
The University of Toronto and the union that represents its teaching assistants have agreed to binding arbitration on a contract, ending a strike that has been going on for a month.
Apollo Education Group's revenue and enrollment slide has continued, according to a corporate filing released this week. The publicly traded company, which owns the University of Phoenix, had a net-revenue decline of 15 percent, or $223 million, during the six months prior to March. Phoenix's revenue was down 19 percent in this period. The university's degree-seeking student enrollment dipped by roughly 15 percent, to 213,800. The high-water mark for enrollment at Phoenix was 475,000 in 2010.
Ray Cross said Wednesday that he would resign as president of the University of Wisconsin System if $300 million in budget cuts proposed by Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, are not reduced and if legislators make changes that undercut tenure, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Cross was appearing at a budget forum at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and made the pledge in response to a question from faculty members.
About 2,500 people rallied at the University of Mississippi Wednesday to demand that the state higher education board reverse its decision not to renew the contract of Chancellor Dan Jones, The Clarion-Ledger reported. The decision not to keep Jones, despite faculty, student and donor backing, has angered many. The diversity and size of the rally was notable, the newspaper said.
"Around 2,500 people -- estimated by some to be the largest nonathletics gathering on campus in decades -- gathered in front of the university's Lyceum. They were old and young, representing both town and gown. There were professors and staff members. Frat bros and hipsters. Black and white. All gathered in one place to support their chancellor, Dr. Dan Jones," the article said.
Stanford University has released a letter to the faculty from Provost John Etchemendy about an "unusually high number of troubling allegations" about academic dishonesty during the fall quarter. "Among a smattering of concerns from a number of winter courses, one faculty member reported allegations that may involve as many as 20 percent of the students in one large introductory course," the letter said. It urged faculty members to be mindful of their "role in helping students understand the seriousness of academic dishonesty."
High school counselors have significant time demands that keep them from spending as much time as many would like on college advising, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. Most counselors in the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 reported that their departments spent less than 20 percent of their time on college readiness, selection and applications. In addition, the study found that fewer than two-fifths of counselors indicated that their school had a counselor whose main responsibility was college applications or college selection.