Higher Education Quick Takes

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January 14, 2014

The University of Illinois at Chicago is investigating allegations that Angela Henderson, currently interim provost of Chicago State University, plagiarized her nursing Ph.D. dissertation, The Chicago Tribune reported. The Tribune had three experts on academic integrity review the dissertation and sources on which it drew. "The experts said Henderson had errors in attribution that violate the UIC College of Nursing's policy on academic integrity included in the student handbook," the newspaper reported. "In her dissertation, Henderson at times uses verbatim or near-verbatim language from other sources without using quotation marks to tell the reader that it is identical. Her citations include the author and year of publication but not the exact reference or page number as required by UIC's policy."

Tricia Bertram Gallant, editor of the book Creating the Ethical Academy: A Systems Approach to Understanding Misconduct & Empowering Change in Higher Education, said, "These are repeated issues. It is not sloppiness here or there, or plagiarism here or there, it is quite often."

The Tribune also noted that a member of Henderson's dissertation committee was Wayne Watson, president at Chicago State, with whom Henderson previously worked. Henderson's husband is Watson's personal lawyer.

Henderson declined to comment.

 

January 14, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s attempt to become a party to a lawsuit regarding the rights of the NCAA and other entities to use athletes’ “likeness” for video games, publicity purposes and other materials. The NCAA had sought to intervene in a settlement stemming from a lawsuit in which a group of athletes, led by the former Arizona State University quarterback Sam Keller, sued Electronic Arts Inc., Collegiate Licensing Company and the NCAA over the likeness issue. After a federal appeals court ruled against EA last fall, EA asked the Supreme Court to review the case. Shortly thereafter, though, EA and CLC reached a settlement with Keller. (The NCAA remains a defendant.) EA subsequently announced it would no longer produce the popular NCAA Football video game.

The NCAA subsequently sought to enter the appeals case “in light of the important First Amendment issues raised in the case and to ensure that its membership is properly protected given the purported settlement between the plaintiffs and Electronic Arts,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in October. With the Supreme Court's decision, this case essentially dies.
 

January 14, 2014

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has announced a donation of 320 works of art from the  collection of Dorothy and Herbert (Herb) Vogel. The Vogels are legendary in the art world for the way they built up a significant modern art collection, identifying works they could afford to buy on modest salaries and that became extremely valuable. The gift to Bowdoin includes works by 70 artists, including Robert Barry, Lucio Pozzi, Edda Renouf, Julian Schnabel, James Siena, Pat Steir and Richard Tuttle.

 

January 14, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Anandasankar Ray of the University of California Riverside explains how mosquitoes are able to track us down from great distances. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

January 14, 2014

Ontario will create an online portal to give students in the Canadian province a shared point of access to online education, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announced on Monday. The Centre of Excellence for Online Learning, expected to open in time for the 2015-16 academic year, will house Ontario Online, a hub that will host centralized online courses that offer credit eligible to be transferred between participating colleges and universities. The center is supported by C$42 million in public funds.

January 13, 2014

Pennsylvania State University earned more ($2.7 million) on credit card royalties and fees than did any other college or university, according to an analysis by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper used reports required by a new federal law. But the analysis also found that the number of accounts on which Penn State is paid is going down -- from 65,955 in December 2011 to 60,490 in December 2012.

January 13, 2014

The University of Southern California is today announcing a $50 million gift to create a center for "convergent bioscience." The center will be a collaborative effort of USC's arts and sciences and engineering colleges.

 

January 13, 2014

Robby Burleigh, a professor at Baton Rouge Community College, has been arrested on charges that he attacked his fiancée, who also is one of his students, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported. Police records state that the fiancée is pregnant and that a fight started over her desire to keep the baby. Burleigh teaches philosophy of religion, biomedical ethics, introduction to ethics and introduction to logic at the college. He faces charges of domestic abuse battery, false imprisonment and simple criminal damage to property. He told authorities that he did pin down his fiancée, but only to try to "calm her down."

 

January 13, 2014

Seven fraternity members at the State University of New York at Canton have been charged by authorities with hazing, and The Watertown Daily News detailed some of the acts they are alleged to have orchestrated in November's pledging process:

  • Pledges were branded with a metal hanger, with the branding done by the father of a fraternity member.
  • Removing excrement from a toilet by hand and being told to eat it. (The pledge who reported this said he declined to actually eat.)
  • Rubbing hot sauce onto their crotches for 15 minutes.
  • Cracking raw eggs into the mouth of a pledge, who would then be told to spit the egg into another pledge's mouth.

The students who were charged will appear in court later this month to respond to the charges.

January 13, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, James Coan of the University of Virginia reveals evidence that our brains are wired for empathy. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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