Higher Education Quick Takes
John Pike, the police officer who used pepper spray last year on students who were protesting peacefully at the University of California at Davis, is no longer employed by the university, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. He was suspended with pay after the incident. A Davis spokesman confirmed that Pike's last day of employment was July 31, but declined to comment further. Pike could not be reached for comment.
Urban College, a two-year institution in Boston that serves low-income and immigrant women, will stay open for the fall, The Boston Globe reported. The college had been on the verge of closing, but has received enough donations to assure operations for the fall semester, while efforts continue to place the institution on a more stable financial footing.
South Korean universities are enrolling increasing numbers of students from Hong Kong, Singapore, France and elsewhere this summer, Asia News Network reported. The students are attracted both by educational opportunities and interest in Korean pop culture.
- Ehren Bucholtz, assistant professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, has been promoted to associate professor of organic chemistry there.
- Richard Forrest, vice president for international business development and product strategy at Ellucian, Inc., has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing at Jadu, Inc.
- Wanda S. Mitchell, vice provost for faculty development and inclusive excellence at the University of New Hampshire, has been chosen as vice president for diversity and equity at Virginia Commonwealth University.
- Kathryn Plank, associate director of the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching and associate professor in the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at Ohio State University, has been appointed as director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Otterbein University, also in Ohio.
- Kenneth Ryalls, vice president for academic affairs at Nebraska Methodist College, has been selected as president of the IDEA Center, in Kansas.
Andrew Stringer, senior vice president of human resources at Pegasus Solutions, has been named vice president of human resources at Thunderbird School of Management, in Arizona.
The biggest factor in setting the pay levels of for-profit CEOs is corporate profitability, according to the preliminary findings of an investigation by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Maryland Democrat. Cummings examined the compensation of executives at 13 publicly traded for-profits, asking for documentation on whether the companies linked executive pay to the performance of students. Only three companies provided specific references to how they weigh student achievement in setting compensation, according to a statement from Cummings.
The University of Oxford, responding to concerns about equity for transgender students, has dropped the dress code that has been in place for students at some formal academic events, BBC News reported. The current rules, which will end August 4, require male students to wear a dark suit, black shoes and a white bow tie and a plain white shirt and collar under their black gowns. Women must wear a dark skirt or trousers and a white blouse. The rules were criticized as forcing transgender students into traditional gender roles.
A plea agreement has led to charges being dropped against the University of California System over the 2008 lab fire that killed Sheri Sangji, a research assistant at the University of California at Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Times reported. The system agreed to follow new safety measures and to endow a $500,000 scholarship in Sangji's name. Charges remain against Patrick Harran, a chemistry professor who was the lab supervisor.
Authorities arrested a Kent State University sophomore Sunday after he allegedly posted a message on Twitter threatening to shoot up the campus, The Plain Dealer reported. The student was charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing.