The president of the University of South Florida, Judy Genshaft, on Tuesday fired the head of the university's Polytechnic branch campus, the Associated Press reported. The dismissal comes amid an escalating dispute over the branch. Its supporters want it to become independent -- a move opposed by Genshaft. Others have said that construction costs at the new campus are too high.
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The American Bar Association has denied provisional accreditation to the new law school at Lincoln Memorial University, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Tennessee permits people who are graduates of law schools that are not ABA accredited to sit for the state's bar exam, but lack of ABA accreditation may be more important for those who plan to work in other states. Officials at the law school are considering an appeal.
Western Washington University has fired its admissions director over practices she says were widely known for years and in place at other parts of the university, The Bellingham Herald reported. Karen Copetas, admissions director for more than 20 years, was found to have used scholarship money to pay students who work in her office, including at least four students who did not have legal status to reside in the United States. She says other departments at the university do the same thing and that senior officials know this -- statements that the university denies.
Leighton Andrews, the minister of education for Wales, is calling for the merger of three Welsh universities -- University of Glamorgan, Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of Wales, Newport -- Times Higher Education reported. Cardiff Metropolitan has already rejected the idea. Andrews said that a merged institution would have "real critical mass."
Rebuffing a request by Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, the board of Florida A&M University decided Monday not to suspend James Ammons as president, The Miami Herald reported. The governor has pushed for the suspension amid an investigation into hazing in the university's marching band, hazing that has led to several arrests in recent weeks and that has been blamed in the death of a student. The board has already reprimanded Ammons, but resisted the governor's request. “We will stand firm against outside influence regardless of how well intended,” said the board chair, Solomon Badger.
The University of Cambridge and the University of Hong Kong have teamed up to recruit top students from China, Times Higher Education reported. Students will be recruited to the University of Hong Kong with the promise that the best among them, after a successful year there, will be offered a spot at Cambridge.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling has named the members of a panel studying the use of agents -- paid in part on commission -- to recruit international students. The practice has been deeply controversial within the association, and its leaders hope the panel can point to principles that can guide colleges. The panel includes some college admissions leaders whose colleges use the agents, and others who do not. NACAC officials said that they wanted a range of views represented on the committee.
Indian lawmakers are considering another round of changes in legislation -- closely watched by universities in the United States and other countries -- that would allow non-Indian universities to open degree-granting campuses in India, Indian Express reported. Some of the changes would make it easier for prominent institutions, by allowing those deemed "reputed" to bypass some of the regulatory processes being created. Other changes may be challenging for some institutions' plans. For example, one change would require Indian officials to make sure that the addition of foreign institutions does not exacerbate inequities between rural and urban areas, given the concentration of universities today in urban areas. Many foreign institutions are likely to want to be in urban areas as well, but the bill would encourage the government to give preference to institutions locating in rural, less developed parts of the country.