Higher Education Quick Takes

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March 1, 2013

Rumors abound in Russia that many top leaders have degrees that they didn't really earn, but some officials are starting to tackle the issue of plagiarism. Time reported that the deputy minister of education and science reviewed 25 dissertations at random from the history department at Moscow Pedagogical State University. With one exception, all were found to be extensively plagiarized, with some having as much as 90 percent of the material copied.

 

March 1, 2013

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.

March 1, 2013

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.

“The university is not currently in position, with either human or fiscal resources, to reinstate football at this time,” the task force report said. - See more at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/football/bal-umes-will-not-re...
“The university is not currently in position, with either human or fiscal resources, to reinstate football at this time,” the task force report said. - See more at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/football/bal-umes-will-not-re...
“The university is not currently in position, with either human or fiscal resources, to reinstate football at this time,” the task force report said. - See more at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/football/bal-umes-will-not-re...
March 1, 2013

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.

 

March 1, 2013

In today’s Academic Minute, William Marling of Case Western Reserve University traces the roots of the detective novel to the process of urbanization. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

March 1, 2013

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.

 

March 1, 2013

The president of Saint Louis University, Rev. Lawrence Biondi, sent a conciliatory letter Wednesday to faculty members and students, many of whom have been calling for his ouster, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Father Biondi pledged to be more collaborative, to work to improve the faculty role in governance, and to increase faculty and staff salaries. Faculty leaders say they want to see evidence that he will carry out the pledges. “I think people don’t have enough information to know if this is sincere or not,” said Ellen Carnaghan, chair of political science. “At this point, words are not enough.”

February 28, 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Wednesday that people injured by a terrorist attack financed by Iran cannot make a claim on Iranian antiquities held in a Harvard University museum. Several Americans with claims against Iran have tried to collect money owed by that nation by going after antiquities at various American institutions. But the appeals court ruled -- as other courts have ruled -- that there are very limited circumstances in which artifacts can be seized as assets, and that this is not one of them. The legal challenges to ownership of these antiquities have worried many museum officials who have feared that they would be unable to obtain loans of art from other countries if that art might be seized.

February 28, 2013

Colleges and universities should be allowed to set borrowing limits for students lower than the cost of attendance, and underwriting standards should be tightened for Parent PLUS loans, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators recommended in a report released today. The report, the final recommendations of the association's task force on student loan indebtedness, also recommends income-based repayment as the automatic option for all borrowers and a fixed interest rate for new loans, a rate that would vary from year to year with market conditions.

February 28, 2013

A nationwide survey of 40,000 students, mostly freshmen, on their financial habits recommends mandatory financial literacy education for all college students, scattered at different points throughout their careers and with a different focus depending on students' ages. The survey looked at financial attitudes and behavior, and found that despite widespread concern about student loan debt, many students also have high-risk habits such as carrying a credit card balance. It also calls for more research into financial literacy best practices and the outcome of better education.

The survey, Money Matters on Campus, was conducted by EverFi, a technology company, and sponsored by Higher One, which provides campus banking services.

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