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Monday, April 8, 2013 - 3:00am

Valencia College has a national reputation as a leading community college, but President Sandy Shugart and some trustees have appeared to be having tense relations of late. The Orlando Sentinel reported on e-mails from Guillermo Hansen, one of the trustees who have been critical of Shugart. Hansen complained in an e-mail about his daughter not being interviewed for a job at the college. In addition he complained about the college not moving to advertise publications that might reach Latino students. Hansen is the owner and editor of a bilingual publication for Latinos. Hansen said that he was raising legitimate issues of importance to the college and its students.

 

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 4:21am

edX, the provider of massive open online courses, will offer free test-grading software, The New York Times reported. Officials at edX said that the service will use artificial intelligence to grade short essay answers, and thus would allow faculty members to focus on other subjects. Many experts on writing dispute the claims that such grading is educationally sound.

 

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 3:00am

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Click here to propose a caption for April's edition of Inside Higher Ed's Cartoon Caption Contest. The three entries that our experts' panel likes best will be put to a vote by our readers, and the winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift certificate and a copy of the cartoon signed by Matthew Henry Hall.

You can also click here to vote on the three captions nominated by our judges as finalists for our March cartoon. 

And congratulations to the winner of our February contest: Alan F. Edwards Jr., director of policy studies for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Find out more about him and his submission by visiting this link.

 

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 4:24am

One of the negative impacts of budget cuts on California community colleges in recent years has been the elimination of many (and, on some campuses, of most) summer courses, which for many students are key to completing their programs. The Oakland Tribune reported that, with the restoration of some cuts because of a tax measure approved by voters in November, this summer will be better. Chabot College will have 50 more courses this summer than last. The Peralta Community College District is adding back 70. Some college report that they will be back to their 2010 levels of offerings.

 

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 3:00am

New York City's comptroller, John C. Liu, and the city's pension funds this week announced that they have filed shareholder proposals calling on DeVry University and Career Education Corp. to disclose data on student borrowing that is roughly the equivalent of what would have been required under the now-stalled federal "gainful employment" regulations. The funds are investors in both for-profit institutions, and can therefore introduce requests that are considered by shareholders. Career Education had sought to bar a vote on the proposal, according to Liu's office, but the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ruled against the company.

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 4:28am

Massachusetts is suing Sullivan & Cogliano Training Centers Inc., charging it with false advertising, The Boston Globe reported. The state says that Sullivan & Coglian advertised that 70 percent to 100 percent of graduates found jobs in a medical office, when the actual figure is less than 25 percent. “For-profit schools are extremely expensive and heavily funded through federal student loans, so all taxpayers have a stake in this,” Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a statement cited by the newspaper. “If students do not receive these promised jobs and wind up in default, the students and taxpayers suffer the consequence while the schools continue to profit.” Sullivan & Cogliano did not respond to requests for comment on the suit.

 

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 3:00am

Mike Rice, who was fired Wednesday as men's basketball coach at Rutgers University after video exposed the abusive way he had treated players, will be getting a $100,000 bonus, the Associated Press reported. Under his contract, he is due the bonus for completing the basketball season that just ended. Had the university fired him in December, when the athletics director saw the video and opted only to suspend Rice, the coach would not have been entitled to the bonus.

 

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 4:29am

The American Association of University Professors has issued a statement condemning the recent Senate vote to bar the National Science Foundation from supporting most work in political science. The statement said that "efforts by politicians to restrict research support for certain disciplines" are "misguided" and that they threaten "the integrity of the rigorous scientific review process used by federal agencies to fund research that advances knowledge."

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 3:00am

News reports spread Thursday that a McDonald's in Massachusetts was requiring applicants for a cashier's position to have a bachelor's degree. The reports seemed to reinforce a theme of some pundits of late that the value of college degrees has been oversold. But as the Associated Press reported, only a third-party job search site listed the position in that way. The real McDonald's that was seeking applicants was not specifying that requirement.

 

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Andrew Goldfine of Weill Cornell Medical College takes a second look at a study that found awareness in some patients that were in a vegetative state. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

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