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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:00am

  • 2011 Fall Seminar, ACUTA: The Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, Oct. 9-12, Boston.
  • 2011 Annual Conference: Innovation in Technical Education, ABET, Oct. 26-28, Baltimore.
  • CCAS 46th Annual Meeting, Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Nov. 2-5, Montreal, Quebec.
  • 17th Annual International Conference: Online Learning, Teaching, and Research in the New Media Ecology, Sloan Consortium, Nov. 9-11, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  • 2011 Annual Meeting, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, Nov. 13-15, San Francisco.
  • Kuali Days 2011: Empowering the Community, Kuali Foundation, Nov. 14-16, Indianapolis.
  • These meetings, conferences, seminars and other events will be held in the coming weeks in and around higher education. They are among the many such that appear in our calendar on The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also includes a comprehensive catalog of job changes in higher education. This listing will appear as a regular feature in this space.

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    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:00am

    Bloomberg has published a detailed analysis of athletic spending at Rutgers University, which the news service found to have spent more on athletics than any other public university, with 40 percent of the funds coming from student fees and the university's general fund, at a time of deep budget cuts to academic programs. The story contrasts academic cuts -- a salary freeze for professors, faculty members having to pay for some journals themselves -- with the university's subsidies for sports. Each year the football coach, Greg Schiano, stays on, the university forgives $100,000 of a no-interest home loan it made to him. Schiano is paid $2.03 million a year. The average associate professor earns less than the amount his home loan is reduced each year.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:00am

    A convicted felon serving a 20-year sentence for securities fraud and money laundering has, in 100 hours of interviews with Yahoo Sports, laid out allegations of massive violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules in the sports program at the University of Miami. An 11-month investigation by the news site includes charges by Nevin Shapiro (and backed by others) that the former Miami booster gave many thousands of dollars in cash and other gifts to dozens of athletes, improperly recruited players to the university, and illegally paid Miami coaches, too. According to Yahoo Sports, Shapiro has shared many of the allegations (and evidence) with federal prosecutors and the NCAA. Miami officials told the website that they took the charges seriously.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 3:00am

    North Dakota may finally be ready to cave on the "Fighting Sioux" name and imagery for athletic teams of the University of North Dakota. A new state law required the university to maintain the name, regardless of sanctions from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. But NCAA officials have now made clear they won't budge, and North Dakota doesn't want the sanctions, such as being unable to host postseason competition. North Dakota's Board of Higher Education voted Monday to retire the name, and state legislation is expected to follow later this year, the Associated Press reported.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 3:00am

    A three-year fund-raising campaign has produced a permanent scholarship fund of $67.7 million at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. That is enough money to support 3,400 students a year.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 3:00am

    In today's Academic Minute, Dayna Scott of York University examines the legal rights of factories and the civil rights of those living downwind from pollution hot spots. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 3:00am

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy met Monday with leaders of Connecticut's private colleges, and heard their complaints of over-regulation by the state, The Hartford Courant reported. College leaders complained that some regulation takes too long (disputed by some state officials) and that it is inconsistent. Four colleges in the state -- Connecticut and Trinity Colleges, and Wesleyan and Yale Universities -- are exempt from state requirements that new programs at private colleges be approved. Malloy said he was sympathetic to the complaints, but couldn't argue for eliminating all regulation. "We over-regulate, I have to agree with you," he said. But he added: "I'm not saying there shouldn't be some basic review. I'm not a no-review guy."

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 3:00am

    The University of Tokyo is considering a shift in its academic year, from the current system of starting in the spring to instead starting in the fall, The Mainichi Daily News reported. The move is being considered in part to better align the university with those of many other nations, potentially encouraging more collaboration. If the University of Tokyo makes the shift from the traditional schedule of Japanese universities, many others are expected to follow.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 3:00am

    The American Bar Association has imposed a public censure on the law school of Villanova University over its past practice of reporting inaccurate grades and LSAT scores of incoming students in an apparent bid to improve its standing in the rankings, The ABA Journal reported. The sanctions could have been worse, up to removing Villanova from the list of ABA-approved law schools. But the ABA settled for a public censure because the law school determined who was involved in the deception, and none of those people are still employed there.

    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 3:00am

    The University of Texas Investment Management Company, which manages one of the largest university endowments, is increasing its use of derivatives as a hedge against an economic crisis that could seriously hit the fund, Bloomberg reported. Officials are worried about such possibilities as a massive European default or a collapse of the dollar.

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