Higher Education Quick Takes

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November 3, 2014

Edward Hammond, the former president of Fort Hays State University, who is still doing work for the institution, issued a statement Sunday in which he said he never gave permission for his image and for a quote to be used in a mailing by the campaign of Governor Sam Brownback, a Republican facing a tight re-election battle, the Associated Press reported.

The statement from Hammond said that he was "shocked and disappointed," and that he didn't endorse candidates in his university role nor would he do anything that appeared to be an endorsement. The Brownback campaign referred questions to the state Republican Party, which paid for the ad, where an official said that the party was "happy to highlight" a quote from Hammond saying that he was satisfied with the budget plan for the university.

November 3, 2014

eVersity, the University of Arkansas System's fully online institution, will be partly funded by a loan from the system's reserves, the Board of Trustees decided on Friday. The board last month approved a $5 million loan but tabled the source of the funds. In an email, a spokesman said the system will also issue a request for proposals from other financial institutions that could fund eVersity. If the terms of one those proposals is more favorable than tapping into the reserves, it will be submitted to the board as a new resolution, he said.

November 3, 2014

Officials of the University of Maryland at College Park are apologizing for the actions of the three co-captains of the football team, ESPN reported. After scuffles between the Maryland squad and that of Pennsylvania State University before a game on Saturday, the Maryland co-captains refused to shake with their Penn State counterparts in the traditional pre-game moment. Maryland's athletic director, Kevin Anderson, issued a statement saying that "we are extremely disappointed in the actions of our captains involved in today's coin toss. Their behavior is not a reflection of how our student-athletes should conduct themselves in athletic competition."

 

November 3, 2014

On the latest "This Week," Inside Higher Ed's free weekly news podcast, Ben Miller of the New America Foundation and Vickie Schray of Bridgepoint Education join Inside Higher Ed's Doug Lederman to discuss the new gainful employment regulations. Sign up here for notification of new editions of "This Week."

November 3, 2014

Keith Miller, president of Virginia State University since 2010, announced his resignation Friday, amid growing criticism from student groups and others, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The university has suffered from enrollment drops, lost revenue from those declines and cuts in state support. Many students question how the historically black institution has responded to these challenges. A statement from the university said that its board and Miller agreed that Virginia State should "move in another direction strategically." Students said that they were pleased the president was leaving, but disappointed that other senior administrators were not leaving as well.

 

November 3, 2014

David Brandon has resigned as athletic director of the University of Michigan, President Mark Schlissel announced Friday. The exact reason of Brandon's resignation was not provided, but The Detroit Free Press reports that he had lost the support of students, alumni, and Michigan's Board of Regents. Michigan's football team has lost five of its eight games this season and three of the last four games it has played against rival Michigan State University. Earlier this month, student protesters demanded lower ticket prices to football games and that Brandon be fired. Students also demanded Brandon's resignation in September after a quarterback who many say was obviously concussed was allowed back on the field within minutes of sustaining his injury.

Brandon, who was athletic director for about four years, had previously served on Michigan's Board of Regents and is the former chief executive officer of Domino's Pizza. James Hackett, a former executive at the furniture company Steelcase, will act as interim athletic director.

November 3, 2014

The Ohio Student Association used Halloween for a protest at Ohio State University designed to illustrate the way debt turns students into the walking dead, or zombies.

November 3, 2014

In today's Academic Minute, Maria Cancian, a professor of public affairs and social work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, takes a look at the landscape of divorce and custody in modern times. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

October 31, 2014

Louisiana health officials have written to those planning to attend a meeting in New Orleans of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene that if they have been in Ebola-affected countries in Africa for the last three weeks, they should stay away or risk being quarantined in their hotel rooms, NPR reported. For some of those receiving the letters, their work took them to such countries but they had no direct exposure, and the limits being imposed by Louisiana go beyond recommendations of federal health officials.

 

October 31, 2014

Murray State University is deferring new applications from prospective students in the Ebola-stricken countries Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the Murray Ledger & Times reported. The university will not allow students from these countries to enter in January and will instead defer their admission until the fall.  

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