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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 3:44am

The government of British Columbia proposed Tuesday that the Canadian province adopt a unified system of quality assurance across all types of postsecondary education, which would replace separate systems that now exist and extend oversight to language schools that to date have gone without meaningful review.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 3:00am

Quinnipiac University has made “some effort” toward coming into compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal judge ruled Monday, but not enough to lift the injunction preventing the institution from eliminating its women’s volleyball team. This marks the third judicial loss for Quinnipiac stemming from history of providing adequate opportunities for female athletes, which Title IX requires to be equitable to those of males. In August, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reaffirmed that Quinnipiac erred in 2010 when it attempted to replace volleyball with competitive cheerleading, which cannot be counted as a varsity sport under Title IX.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, T. Florian Jaeger reveals how language is universally shaped by the inner workings of the human brain. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 4:07am

The head of the University of Virginia's governing board responded sharply Tuesday to faculty criticism in the wake of a Washington Post article suggesting that she was micromanaging the work of President Teresa Sullivan by barraging her with dozens of goals for the year, The Washington Post reported. In her letter, which came after Virginia's Faculty Senate cited the Post article in criticizing her, Dragas noted that the Board of Visitors is not permitted to discuss such "confidential personnel matters" as the goal-setting process for the president. “This reality inevitably leads to incomplete or one-sided coverage, making it even more difficult to fairly judge," she wrote. She went on to say that the entire board had been invited to participate in the process of setting goals for Sullivan, and that she was committed to working effectively with the president.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 3:00am

The University of the Rockies has transferred a "substantial presence" of its personnel and operations to the domain of its regional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, according to a corporate filing from Bridgepoint Education Inc., which owns the university. The university is based in Colorado Springs, which is in the commission's territory, but Bridgepoint's corporate headquarters is in San Diego, which is not. The for-profit institution made the move to meet the commission's presence requirements, which have also been an issue for Bridgepoint's Ashford University.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 3:00am

The British Council released new research today regarding factors that deter students in the United States and United Kingdom from studying abroad. Of the 10,800 people surveyed, 20 percent of U.K. respondents said they are considering study abroad, while 56 percent of U.S. students said the same. U.S. students cited barriers including concerns about cost, language ability and the difficulty of leaving family and friends.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 3:00am

One of the country's top digital humanists has been tapped to lead one of an ambitious effort to create a national home for the country's digital riches. The Digital Public Library of America, an effort to "make the cultural and scientific record available to all," announced the hiring Tuesday of Dan Cohen, director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and an associate professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University, as its founding director. The digital public library, which in its nascent form has been housed in Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will formally launch as a freestanding nonprofit entity on April 18.


Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 3:00am

WASHINGTON — Carmel Martin, the assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development at the Education Department for the past four years, is leaving that post for the Center for American Progress, the center announced Tuesday. Martin will become executive vice president for policy at the liberal think tank, overseeing its policy development.

Martin, whose departure was bemoaned by former department higher education staff on Tuesday, had been considered likely to play a larger role in shaping the department's higher education policy in Obama's second term. She focused heavily on K-12 education in the first term but had played key roles in efforts to bolster state data systems, among other things. And she had reportedly been a more visible presence in postsecondary-related meetings in recent months.

Instead, she joins what has become something of a departmental exodus in recent months. Since before the election, observers have warned that departures of key political appointees and career staff members have left a policy making void on higher education. David Bergeron, the acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, said in February that he would leave his job at the department. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 3:00am

Edwin Mellen Press is dropping a wildly unpopular libel lawsuit against a university librarian, CBC News reported. Mellen sued Dale Askey, associate university librarian at McMaster University in Ontario, where he’s been working since 2011, over a blog post he wrote in August 2010, when he was at Kansas State University, that was highly critical of Mellen. The press says that it wants to focus on its authors and books and so is dropping the suit. Many scholarly and library groups were furious about the lawsuit and criticized Mellen for filing it.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Laura Mickes of the University of Warwick explores why it’s often easy to remember a friend’s Facebook status but hard to remember a profound literary quote. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.



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