Higher Education Quick Takes

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September 25, 2014

In today's Academic Minute, Hawley Montgomery-Downs, a psychologist at West Virginia University, discusses how fragmented sleep patterns present serious risks. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

September 24, 2014

Despite the increased public discussion of sexual assault, some fraternities continue activities that raise questions about their understanding of the issue. Phi Delta Theta has suspended its chapter at Texas Tech University after a series of photographs surfaced, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported. One photo showed a banner for a party reading: “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal.” Another showed a sprinkler attached to a cutout that appeared to be the spread legs of a woman.

 

September 24, 2014

Harvard University's endowment -- the nation's largest -- was up 15.4 percent in fiscal 2014. Those gains raised the value of the endowment to $36.4 billion. The endowment has distributed $11.6 billion to the university in the last five years.

 

September 24, 2014

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Stanford University is disputing a report in Pro Publica that it agreed that it would not use such Google funds for privacy research at its Center for Internet and Society. The report was based on a court filing in which Stanford said it was not using funds for that purpose. Ethics standards for donations to colleges and universities generally reject the idea that a university should pledge not to research certain topics. But Stanford officials said that they were simply stating the purpose of Google grants (and clarifying what they were not seeking to support with the company's funds). Stanford has clarified that it never imposed limits on what subjects its researchers could study and would not accept a grant under such terms.

 

 

September 24, 2014

The new Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, admitted Tuesday that her sorority at Hofstra University kicked her out in 2013 for excessive hazing. The allegations were first reported by Jezebel. On Tuesday, Kazantsev went on "Good Morning America," and confirmed that she was kicked out of the sorority, but disputed the details of the Jezebel report.

September 24, 2014

Mercyhurst University, in Pennsylvania, has announced that it is ending the requirement that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores. “Mercyhurst does not believe in reducing students to numbers and has always championed a holistic approach to admissions,” said a statement from the president, Tom Gamble. “Becoming test-optional allows us to focus more on the individual, which is consistent with our mission.”

September 24, 2014

In today's Academic Minute, Radu Sporea, Royal Academy of Engineering Academic Research Fellow in the Advanced Technology Institute at the University of Surrey, discusses the astonishing intricacies of technology that we often take for granted. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
 

September 23, 2014

The Federal Work-Study Program needs to be revamped to help serve more low-income students, says a report released Monday by Young Invincibles, a student advocacy group.

The group calls on Congress to replace the existing formula for distributing federal work-study money to campuses with a methodology that rewards institutions that enroll and graduate large numbers of low-income students. Under the current program, the group said, the most expensive private institutions that have been in the program the longest receive the most funding at the expense of many public institutions that serve larger populations of low-income students.

The report also said that the work-study program should require that colleges place students in jobs that are better aligned with their career interests and academic programs.

September 23, 2014

Adjuncts at the College of Saint Rose, in Albany, N.Y., have voted to form a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. The union has organized some 21,000 adjuncts across the U.S. as part of its Adjunct Action campaign. At Saint Rose, the vote was 175 to 61. Bradley Russell, an adjunct instructor of anthropology and member of the organizing committee, called the vote "historic," saying that Saint Rose had taken "a step to live up to its well-known commitment to social justice."

In a statement, Saint Rose officials said: "The issues surrounding the role of adjunct faculty in our nation’s colleges and universities is one that deserves national discussion and dialogue, and we thank our faculty for taking a role in propelling the conversation. Currently, approximately 70 percent of the undergraduate and graduate credits at Saint Rose are taught by full-time faculty and 30 percent are taught by adjunct faculty who bring a wealth of professional experience into the classroom. As the collective bargaining process gets underway, we will continue to work together to move Saint Rose forward and to provide excellence in teaching and mentoring to our students in and outside the classroom."

September 23, 2014

The search committee for the next president of Florida State University on Monday rejected the advice of faculty and student leaders and included a state senator without experience leading a college or university among four finalists, The Tallahassee Democrat reported. The other three finalists all have held senior positions in higher education. Many faculty leaders fear that the state senator is effectively assured the job, although trustees denied this was the case. The board is expected to pick the next president today.

 

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