Anderson University will eliminate 16 academic programs and eliminate two sports teams to "strengthen the university," The Herald Bulletin reported. A spokesman for the private institution in Indiana confirmed that it will eliminate a doctoral program in Christian ministry, master's programs in music education and science in nursing, and a range of bachelor's degree programs. Men's and women's golf programs will also be dropped.
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The University of Louisville Foundation in 2014 bought an abandoned factory in Oklahoma at the behest of a major foundation donor, according to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.
Henry Heuser Jr. owned the former machine company facility. In 2013 Heuser gave the foundation $2 million for a scholarship fund and pledged $13.8 million more for a separate gift. One year later a Heuser-owned shell company loaned the foundation $3.5 million to buy 99 percent of the factory space's real estate holding company. The facility never sold. Then, in August, a day after a reporter from the center visited the vacant factory, the foundation and the company decided to unwind the deal. No money ever changed hands.
“It’s a good example of how fund-raising arms of colleges and universities in particular really can basically sell their souls to a donor in return for the possibility of a contribution,” Marcus Owens, a lawyer and former Internal Revenue Service official, told the center after reviewing the deal.
A former statistics and business instructor at Holy Names University says he's gone on a hunger strike to protest the institution's lawsuit against him. Hector Saez, the professor, says his website, HNUFails.us, contains information that is critical of the university but accurate. It portrays Holy Names as having "low expectations" for students and poor working conditions for adjunct faculty members. Most of the information seems to be gleaned from public records, such as the university's legal history and various student success metrics. It also includes testimony from former students. Saez says the university claims the website's contents are false and defamatory.
Saez was fired from Holy Names in 2014 after an incident with a student; he says he was defending himself from a threat and that the university took the opportunity to retaliate against him. He says he prevailed in an earlier complaint against the university related to his termination. “Everything in HNUfails.us is information that comes from student testimony, minutes from faculty meetings, other websites and from data published by sources such as the U.S. Education Department. The rest is our very carefully and factually based opinion,” Saez said in a statement. “It is free speech, protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” University officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The faculty of Quincy University, in Illinois, has voted no confidence in President Robert Gervasi, The Herald-Whig reported. The vote comes amid budget cuts at the university and concerns of many professors over how decisions are being made. Both the president and the board vowed to continue working on the budget situation, which they blamed on cuts in an Illinois student aid program.
Adirondack chairs have turned up on many college quads in recent years to encourage students to relax a little. But might another trend be on the horizon? Rice University this week will unveil the Hangout, with 12 movable canvas hammocks between 14 steel poles. A rendering of the project appears at right. Rice students -- some in architecture -- designed and oversaw the project.
Michigan has spent more than $1 billion in federal poverty funds on state-based college aid programs since 2007, reported Bridge Magazine, a publication from the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit group. A substantial portion of that aid went to middle-class and wealthy students who attended private institutions. And the magazine reported that about 60 percent of students who receive the aid are from families with incomes above $50,000.
Students at Clemson University found fliers recruiting members for the Ku Klux Klan Monday, and many posted photographs to social media (at right) and said that they were alarmed. WSPA News reported that fliers were also found in the local county at locations not connected to the university. An exalted cyclops (leader) of a KKK chapter told WSPA, “By going out and distributing our literature we’re letting people know we are very much still relevant. We are very much still here.”
At Princeton University, officials announced that they are investigating racist email messages sent to some students and faculty members (and some at other colleges). On social media those who have received the emails say they refer to current campus diversity efforts as promoting "white genocide."
Yale University's athletics department has apologized for the use of stereotypical and degrading images of Native Americans that were reproduced in the program for Saturday's football game against Dartmouth College. Dartmouth has long abandoned its former team name, Indians, but many of the programs date to the era when the name was used and Yale (and other colleges) mocked the Indians in programs for athletic events.
On Twitter, Mary Kathryn Nagle, executive director for the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, wrote, "Cannot believe that Yale and Dartmouth would use such dehumanizing images of redface at a football game," and tagged the account of a Twitter user who writes the blog Native Appropriations. She also tweeted the cover image (at right).
A statement from Yale athletics said, "We apologize for yesterday's football game program cover that included historic artwork of insulting portrayals of indigenous people, images that we have long considered to be a violation of our values of mutual respect, equality and decency. We did not intend to perpetuate these portrayals or condone them. Our intention was to recognize the 100-game relationship between Dartmouth College and Yale University. We are truly sorry for the hurt this program cover caused, particularly for those from Native American communities. Yale Athletics is committed to representing the best of Yale and upholding the university's values, especially respect for all."
The American Association of University Professors is joining students and faculty members at Kennesaw State University in urging the Georgia Board of Regents not to appoint Sam Olens, Georgia's attorney general, as the university's next president. The board is expected to approve his appointment this week. Some on the campus object to the appointment of a politician without a career in higher education. Others object to actions he has taken that are widely seen as antigay.
The emphasis of a letter the AAUP sent this week is about process and the lack of a national search for the fast-growing university. The AAUP letter says that "the apparent decision to forgo a national search for the Kennesaw State presidency is at odds with widely observed principles of academic governance." While Georgia officials have said that the board's rules permit the skipping of a national search, the AAUP letter says that such action "deprives the faculty of its appropriate role in the process."