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Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 3:00am

Keiser University announced Wednesday that it will buy Northwood University's campus in West Palm Beach, Fla. Keiser is a nonprofit university with 18 campuses across Florida. It converted from a for-profit to a nonprofit in 2011, and now enrolls roughly 20,000 students. Northwood is a Michigan-based nonprofit institution. All of Northwood's almost 600 students at the West Palm Beach campus will have the opportunity to become Keiser students later this year, the university said.

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 4:22am

The University of Toronto has reached a tentative deal with its union of teaching assistants to end a strike that started Feb. 27, The Globe and Mail reported. Details of the agreement have not been released. The two sides have been at odds over compensation issues.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 3:00am

The Guardian profiles a Dutch student protest movement that has prompted debates in the Netherlands about the direction of higher education policy. The students are demanding a more democratic and transparent approach to higher education. The protests, which have included building occupations, have also prompted discussion about tactics that students are using.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Julia Hormes, psychologist at the State University of New York at Albany, discusses the correlations between social media usage and addiction. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:00am

Pennsylvania State University suspended its chapter of Kappa Delta Rho for a year Tuesday over allegations that the fraternity's members posted nude photographs of sleeping or passed-out women on a private Facebook page. According to a police warrant obtained by The Associated Press, a former member told police about the page, which featured photos and comments regarding "unsuspecting victims, drug sales and hazing." The page, originally called "Covert Business Transactions," had 144 active members, including both current students and alumni of the fraternity. The university is investigating which students posted the photos, a spokesman said, as are State College police. Kappa Delta Rho's national headquarters also suspended the chapter.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:00am

Sweet Briar College alumnae and students, joined by faculty members, are speaking out with new concerns about the board's decision to close the institution. One new issue is that the board voted, days before its decision to shut down the college, to amend its bylaws so it could take actions with a smaller number of trustees than has been required. Sweet Briar's bylaws have required the board to have at least 24 members. A spokeswoman for the college confirmed that the board recently amended that measure and has only 23 members. The Sweet Briar faculty, with some citing the bylaw change, voted Monday night to oppose closure and to request more meetings with the board, The Roanoke Times reported. A college spokeswoman said that more discussions with the faculty would take place.

 

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:00am

The domain extension ".college" became available on Tuesday, and colleges and universities can until April 17 register new Web addresses for free -- as long as they own the trademark. The company behind .college, XYZ, pitched the new domain extension as a branding opportunity. "As an example, Boston College could register for free before Sept. 22 domains such as Boston.College, BostonSciences.College, BostonLibrary.College, BostonExtensions.College and BostonAthletics.College as long as it is furthering an educational mission," the company said in a press release. 

Chatter on one chief information officer Listserv suggested institutions are likely to claim relevant Web addresses to avoid cybersquatting but stick with .edu, a more restrictive domain extension.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 3:00am

Three Morgan State University football players were stabbed outside a campus cafeteria Tuesday, including one who was seriously injured by wounds to the chest. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening, and a suspect is in custody, a university spokesman told The Baltimore Sun. The spokesman also said that the stabbing may be related to fights that broke out during a campus dance over the weekend. The incident was the second stabbing at Morgan State in a week. On Friday, a student stabbed his roommate with a pair of scissors during an argument about how messy their dorm room was.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 4:03am

Adjuncts at Robert Morris University have voted to unionize with the United Steelworkers. The union announced the results Tuesday and noted that it is seeking to organize adjuncts throughout the Pittsburgh area. A spokesman for the university told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that once the results are certified by the National Labor Relations Board, the university would negotiate in good faith.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 4:28am

Debate has intensified at the University of Cape Town over a campus statue of the colonialist Cecil Rhodes, The Guardian reported. Some students recently tossed excrement on the statue, amid a campaign to remove it. Rhodes donated the land on which the university is located, but he is considered by many to be a symbol of the apartheid system that denied basic human rights to black people in South Africa.

 

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