Higher Education Quick Takes

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April 28, 2014

A new law school at Canada's Trinity Western University, in British Columbia, appeared to have won all necessary approvals last year to start -- despite criticism from human rights groups about the university's policy of barring students from having non-heterosexual sex. But a new round of opposition has emerged. Critics have gathered enough signatures on a petition to force a new vote by the Law Society of British Columbia, whose council had approved accreditation of the law school, The Globe and Mail reported. A vote by the larger membership could go the other way. And even if the law school holds on to its accreditation for British Columbia, its graduates will not be able to practice law in Ontario because that province's legal society voted Friday against recognition, CBC News reported. Nova Scotia's legal society has taken a similar position, although it also stated explicitly that if Trinity Western ends discrimination against gay people, its law school can be accredited so that its graduates could work in the province.

 

 

April 28, 2014

Doane College has announced that it will pay students and alumni who refer new students to the institution's School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Applicants will be asked to indicate whether they have been referred, and by whom. Once they enroll and pass their first course, Doane will provide a $100 college bookstore gift card to the person who made the referral. Those referring can't receive more than five gift cards per term.

 

April 28, 2014

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has picked 14 institutions to participate in a "jumpstart" program for competency-based education. With funding the Lumina Foundation, the council will help the 14 colleges and universities develop degree programs that are based on competencies rather than the credit hour standard. The group includes community colleges and both public and private four-year universities.

April 28, 2014

South Carolina State University is running out of money, and lacks the funds to make payroll next month, The Times and Democrat reported. Officials said the university nearly was unable to make payroll this month, but was saved by a commission check from Sodexo, the dining services contractor, which nearly didn't get paid because the university owes Sodexo $2.3 million. The historically black university is appealing to the General Assembly for $13.6 million for current bills and those about to be faced by the institution.

April 28, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, D.J. Pisano, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at West Virginia University, explains his studies of the chemical elements present in space to unlock mysteries of the universe. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

April 28, 2014

Brown University President Christina H. Paxson on Saturday released a statement pledging that the university was committed to preventing sexual assaults of students and punishing any who commit sexual assault. She also said that the university was reviewing its policies. "We are committed to taking aggressive steps to ensure that our campus is safe for everyone and as part of that, policies and procedures designed to keep our campus safe must be open to continuous review," Paxson wrote. "Such a review was already planned for the coming academic year. We are accelerating that review and it will include significant input from students."

The letter came amid widespread criticism of the university for suspending but not expelling a student found guilty of sexual misconduct. The story has led to campus protest and social media groups accusing Brown of, in effect, going easy on a rapist. The accused student, who had been planning to return to Brown and how has insisted that the sexual incident involved was consensual, announced Saturday that he does not plan to return to the university.

 

April 28, 2014

A New York State elementary school has called off the traditional kindergarten show held at the end of the academic year. The reason, The Washington Post reported, was that officials said that they needed the time to help make their young charges "college and career ready."

April 28, 2014

Faculty members at the University of Michigan have issued an open letter arguing that administrators' salaries have skyrocketed in recent years, while pay for professors has increased only modestly, MLive reported. The letter calls for a full investigation of the issue. A spokesman for the university said officials would investigate.

 

April 25, 2014

Lehigh University has expelled a student who vandalized a multicultural residence hall, The Express-Times reported. The student's name was not released but the university said that he was drunk at the time and took eggs and tomatoes from a fraternity to throw them at the residence hall.

 

April 25, 2014

In today's Academic Minute, Anne Murphy, associate professor of neuroscience at Georgia State University, observes the relationship between pain felt as an infant and the related long-term effects. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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