William Stewart has resigned as a trustee of Southwestern College, a community college in California, saying that the administration was not providing accurate information to trustees or the faculty union with which it is negotiating. The college's student newspaper, The Sun, published the resignation letter, in which Stewart said that "without information, without all information, oversight is a sham." Stewart is a philosophy professor at San Diego City College. A spokeswoman for Southwestern told NBC 7 San Diego that "we would have to respectfully disagree with" Stewart's statement. "We've been providing all the budget information the board and the union has asked for. We're just sorry he chose to resign."
Higher Education Quick Takes
Colleges have long been known for sale of T-shirts, coffee mugs and so forth. The latest item for sale, reported The New York Times, is beef. Washington State University is selling premium beef for $9.50 a pound, enough to cover costs and also make up for state budget cuts.
A few hours before President Obama signed an order officially instating across-the-board spending cuts Friday night, the U.S. Education Department issued guidance on what the automatic budget cuts would mean for federal financial aid programs. The Pell Grant is exempt from the mandatory cuts in 2013. But loan origination fees will increase immediately for new loans, by about 0.05 percentage points on subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans, from 1 percent to 1.05 percent, and by about 0.2 percentage points, from 4 percent to 4.2 percent, on Parent PLUS and Grad PLUS loans. The first disbursements of some grants — the TEACH Grant and Iraq-Afghanistan Service Grant — are also subject to cuts.
Funding will be reduced for the federal work-study program and for the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant beginning in the fall if sequestration remains in effect.
Presidents of many of Colorado's four-year universities sent a letter last month in which they urged legislators to oppose a bill that would allow the state's community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees in a select number of fields, The Denver Post reported. The presidents, signed by the leaders of the University of Colorado and Colorado State University Systems, among others, argued that the new degrees would create overlap in institutional missions and strain already limited state funding, the newspaper reported.
Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, cited significant unmet demand in fields such as dental hygiene and culinary arts and said that the state's higher education commission would have to approve any new degree programs, ensuring that there was not overlap, the Post said.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Friday that it has cited Saint Mary’s College of California with a failure to monitor its men’s basketball program after a head coach was found to have knowledge of a former assistant coach providing impermissible benefits to recruits. The benefits, mostly centered on an international prospect, included travel, local transportation and the arrangement of host family accommodations, the public infractions report said. The assistant coach also provided private financial information to a second international prospect who was trying to get a student visa. The NCAA Committee on Infractions said the head coach was aware of the team’s impermissible training from non-college employees and some of the recruiting violations and ignored “red flags” that should have prompted “heightened vigilance,” such as the assistant coach’s previous dismissal from a two-year college because of improprieties.
The head coach, Randy Bennett, was also charged with failure to monitor and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance, and the former assistant coach was charged with unethical conduct.
Penalties for Saint Mary’s include public reprimand and censure; four years’ probation beginning March 1; a five-game suspension for the head coach during the 2013-14 season; a prohibition of off-campus recruiting for the head coach during next season; a two-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach, meaning that any college that wants to hire him must make its case to the NCAA; reduction of team scholarships from 13 to 11 for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons; elimination of foreign tours by the team until the 2017-18 season; prohibition on multiple-team events until the 2015-16 season; and prohibition on skill instruction during the 2013-14 season, meaning no coaches may be present during training.
The University of Utah suspended its head swimming coach Thursday after allegations surfaced that he had engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old member of a swim club he coached in Arizona several years ago, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The Maricopa County (Ariz.) attorney’s office is reviewing the allegations against Greg Winslow, and no charges have been filed yet, the newspaper said. In a statement provided to the newspaper, the university's athletics director, Chris Hill, noted that the student allegedly involved in the incident had no affiliation with the university. But "I feel the allegations are serious enough to suspend [Winslow] immediately pending further investigation," Hill said.
The president of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore has accepted a pane's recommendation that the university not reinstate a football program dormant since 1980, The Baltimore Sun reported. “The university is not currently in position, with either human or fiscal resources, to reinstate football at this time,” the task force report said. President Juliette B. Bell said in a news release that she knew some alumni would be disappointed, but that her cabinet was unanimous in supporting the decision.
A lawsuit filed by 38 former lacrosse players against Duke University has been settled, The News & Observer reported. The players accused Duke of negligence and infliction of distress in the university's response to rape allegations -- since proven false -- against three members of the lacrosse team. A Duke spokesman and a lawyer for the former players both declined to comment on the terms of the agreement.
Tensions are growing over the board of the Southern Illinois University System, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn removed three trustees. They all happened to be trustees who blocked another terms as board chair for an appointee of the governor's. Now, board members, administrators and politicians are all raising questions about the way the board functions.