Higher Education Quick Takes

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February 13, 2014

A record share of wives are "marrying down" educationally, and have more education than do their husbands, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. Historically, husbands were more likely than wives to have a greater level of education. In 1960, 13.5 percent of husbands had a greater educational attainment than did their wives, while only 6.9 percent of wives had a greater attainment than did their husbands. In 2012, for the first time ever, wives were more likely than husbands to have the greater educational attainment, 20.7 percent to 19.9 percent.

 

February 13, 2014

A Northwestern University student alleges in a federal lawsuit that campus officials violated Title IX by mishandling her sexual assault complaint against a professor, the Evanston Review reported. The student says Northwestern acted with “deliberate indifference and retaliation,” after a committee determined the professor should be terminated but administrators failed to fire him. The committee said the professor “engaged in unwelcome and inappropriate sexual advances” while the student, now a junior at the university, was incapacitated by alcohol.

February 13, 2014

It will take significant cooperation among state and federal policy makers, traditional educational institutions and others to improve American adults' work force and literacy skills, the American Council on Education argues in a new report. The report examines data released last year as part of Survey of Adult Skills from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which showed U.S. adults lagging behind those in many other countries on literacy and numeracy, and asserts that colleges and others will need to adopt new approaches to change that picture. "Raising the literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills proficiency for adults in the United States will be a team sport, with policy and education leaders working together across federal, state, and institutional boundaries," it says.

February 13, 2014

Massachusetts Institute of Technology is apologizing to applicant who received an email that was supposed to be about financial aid but that incorrectly said “You are on this list because you are admitted to MIT!" The Boston Globe reported. For many (it is unclear how many) that line wasn't supposed to be there as their admissions status remained undetermined. MIT has apologized for the error, which was the result of merging two email lists.

 

February 13, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Jonathan Ruppert of York University describes the connection between shark population and reef health. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

February 13, 2014

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter this week warned that his country's scientists and university students could be hurt because of the national vote that narrowly approved immigration restrictions, Europe Online reported. The referendum breaks with Swiss consistency with some of the free flow of people provided in the European union. Burkhalter said that he was concerned that his efforts to have Switzerland join EU science funding and student exchange programs will be halted.

 

February 12, 2014

The Indian arm of Penguin Random House has agreed to pull from the market all copies of a University of Chicago scholar's 2009 book on Hinduism that came under attack from some conservatives in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported. The book, "The Hindus: An Alternative History," by Wendy Doniger, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at Chicago, was withdrawn as part of a settlement (obtained by the Journal) with a nationalist group that had complained about the book. In a statement, Doniger said she was "deeply troubled by what it foretells for free speech in India in the present, and steadily worsening, political climate."

February 12, 2014

Bob Jones University is facing criticism for halting a study that it commissioned on the institution's response to sex abuse, The New York Times reported. The university has been vague about why it called off the investigation, just as the company hired to do it was wrapping up interviews. Those who gave interviews are feeling particularly vulnerable, having told their stories and now learning that nothing will be done to fix problems. Generally, the issues explored by the investigation have focused on reports that the university was dismissive of students who reported that they had been abused, and discouraged them from reporting the abuse, the Times said.

 

February 12, 2014

Kent State University has suspended a wrestler from its team after he used anti-gay slurs on Twitter to talk about this week's news that a college football star came out as gay. While the Twitter comments have been removed, they were saved on the website Outrage DC and show Sam Wheeler, the wrestler writing about "that fag from mizzou." Jim Andrassy, head wrestling coach at the university issued this statement: "As an alum of Kent State University and as Sam’s head coach, I was surprised and offended by what I read on Twitter. I have spoken to Sam personally, and while he is remorseful, he will be suspended indefinitely while we determine the best course of action moving forward."


 

February 12, 2014

The board of Luna Community College, in New Mexico, has voted to ease the institution's nepotism rules so that board members' relatives may be hired, The Las Vegas Optic reported. Board members said that the policy was preventing qualified people from being hired. Under the new rules, the president must report to the board members on the hiring of any trustee relatives.

 

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