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February 20, 2014

Marquette University announced Wednesday that 25 non-faculty employees are being told that their jobs are being eliminated, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. With other open positions not being replaced, the total number of jobs at the university is expected to drop by 105. University officials said that they were trying to minimize spending, and to minimize tuition increases.

 

February 20, 2014

An article in The New York Times explores the charges in a lawsuit against Premier Education Group, which operates for-profit colleges in 10 states. Officials of the colleges maintain that they are being sued unfairly by "misguided" or disgruntled former employees. The suit charges that the colleges admit students in part by misleading them about their chances of getting jobs. An example: One of the ex-employees who sued said she became concerned when she noticed an electronic ankle monitor on a student in a pharmacy program for which certification would likely exclude those with felony convictions. The ex-employee said she was told to find an internship for the student, even if she had to deceive the employer.

 

February 20, 2014

Six female faculty members in the philosophy department at the University of Colorado at Boulder have issued a statement expressing concerns about the impact of a recent report detailing instances of sexism and unprofessionalism in the department. The statement, published on the Feminist Philosophers blog, doesn't take issue with the conclusions of the report. But the statement notes that the report (which was released by the university although the authors of the report didn't intend for it to become public) could unfairly damage the reputations of some in the department. To avoid that problem, the statement says the following: "Despite differing perceptions regarding both the report’s details and the overall impression it gives, all of us are united on a few things. First, we are all distressed that the report may damage the reputations of male colleagues who are completely innocent of sexual misconduct. It could also harm the prospects of our male graduate students currently on the market. We faculty women strongly believe that none of our currently untenured male colleagues or current male graduate students has engaged in sexual misconduct (nor, indeed, have most of our tenured colleagues). We believe that many have heard about the problems, if at all, only through the rumor mill. The second thing that unites us all is our determination to rebuild the department and its reputation."

 

February 20, 2014

Harvard University has received a $150 million gift from an alumnus, Kenneth Griffin. Most of the funds will support undergraduate financial aid.

 

February 20, 2014

The Corcoran College of Art + Design would become part of George Washington University under a plan announced Wednesday. The college and the Corcoran Gallery of Art have struggled financially for some time, and the plan would also involve the National Gallery of Art taking control of the art museum. The announcement of the plan noted that details remain to be worked out. The new plan replaces one announced in April under which the Corcoran would have created an affiliation with the University of Maryland at College Park.

 

February 20, 2014

Eight students at Fordham University have contracted mumps, CBS New York reported. All of the students had prior vaccinations, but those vaccinations do not provide full protection.

 

February 20, 2014

"Changing Student Pathways" is a collection of news articles and essays -- in print-on-demand format -- about the different paths students take (including some detours) on the way to a college degree or certificate.The articles aren't breaking news, rather analyses about long-term trends and some of the forward-looking thinking of experts about the changes in the routes students take through higher education. The goal is to provide these materials in one easy-to-read place. Download the booklet here.

This is the latest in a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics.
 
On Thursday, March 6, at 2 p.m. EST, Inside Higher Ed's editors will discuss these issues in a free webinar. Sign up to participate by clicking here.
 

 

February 20, 2014

The personal information of 309,079 students, faculty members and staffers at the University of Maryland's campuses at College Park and Shady Grove has been compromised, university officials announced on Wednesday. The cybersecurity breach was first reported by The Diamondback. In a letter to the community, President Wallace Loh said anyone at the two campuses who has received a university ID number since 1998 is affected. The compromised database included names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth, but no financial or academic information, Loh wrote.

"I am truly sorry," Loh wrote. "Computer and data security are a very high priority of our University."

The breach is still under investigation, but Loh said the university will offer a free year of credit monitoring to those affected.

February 20, 2014

University of Wyoming officials are speaking out against legislation that would require deans to meet twice a year with state legislators to discuss various issues, The Star-Tribune reported. Legislators say they want to work more closely with the university, but many academics believe that it is the job of the president and the board to lead deans -- and to communicate with politicians.

February 20, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Daniel Scott of the University of Waterloo discusses the potential inability for previous winter Olympic host cities to host the games again due to changing weather patterns. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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