Higher Education Quick Takes

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February 3, 2014

Weekend shootings of students in off-campus apartments stunned two Michigan universities. Two Michigan State University students were shot Friday night, and one of them died Saturday morning, The Lansing State Journal reported. The shootings took place at the students' off-campus apartment, in a complex that primarily serves students. Authorities are looking for the man they believe is the shooter.

Ferris State University announced that local police have arrested a man in the shooting of a student who was shot in an off-campus apartment early Saturday. The student was treated and released from a local hospital.

February 3, 2014

A survey by Fidelity of parents who are already saving for college for their children found that 60 percent have a goal of saving more in 2014 than they did in 2013. Including those parents, 88 percent said that they plan to save at least as much as they did in 2013. Of the majority of such parents who have a specific target for savings, the average is $405 per month.

 

February 3, 2014

Students and others at Memorial University, in Canada, are angry over one question on an assignment for computer science students, CBC News reported. They were asked to determine whether a rape victim, especially after being mocked online, would be likely to kill herself. Critics say that there was no need to use such an example for the computer science course. The professor did not respond to the network or Inside Higher Ed.

 

February 3, 2014

Women in Harvard University's business school have been treated inappropriately for decades, Dean Nitin Nohria told an alumni gathering last week, according to Business Insider. Nohria personally apologized for the mistreatment, saying that women at the business school were "disrespected, left out, and unloved by the school. I'm sorry on behalf of the business school." Among the pledges he made: to double (to 20 percent) the share of female protagonists in the case studies that are a key part of the M.B.A. curriculum. The apology came after an article in September in The New York Times detailed the negative experiences of many female students, and the business school's attempts (with mixed success) to promote a more hospitable environment.

February 3, 2014

Two students at Bard College who were walking off-campus were killed in a hit-and-run accident Friday night, authorities said. The driver has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

On Sunday night, three Brandeis University students were injured seriously when they were hit by a car while they were crossing a campus street, the Associated Press reported.

January 31, 2014

The American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education on Thursday released model legislation on how states can best provide college scholarships to recruit highly talented students to become teachers in high-need public schools.

January 31, 2014

Franklin Pierce University has announced that it will stop offering degrees in American studies, theater and dance, graphic communications, fine arts, math and arts management, The Sentinel reported. A statement from the university said that the changes would allow the university to “attract, retain and prepare students for the personal and professional futures that await them."

 

January 31, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Sallie Han of the State University of New York at Oneonta discusses what the items we accumulate during pregnancy say about our culture. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


 

January 31, 2014

Columbia University announced Thursday that its fund-raising campaign -- which started in 2006 and ended at the close of 2013 -- had brought in $6.1 billion. That total is second only to Stanford's $6.2 billion completed campaign. However, Harvard University last year started a $6.5 billion campaign.

 

January 31, 2014

Black student and faculty groups at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities have asked the institution to stop using racial descriptions in crime alerts, CBS Minnesota reported. "[We] unanimously agree that campus safety should be of the [police department's] utmost importance; however, efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our black men, or any specific group of people likely to be targeted. In addition to causing black men to feel unsafe and distrusted, racial profiling is proven to inflict negative psychological effects on its victims," said a joint letter from the groups. The letter responded to the the incorrect identification of a student as a suspect in an attempted robbery at the university.

Pamela Wheelock, vice president of university services. responded at a forum this week by saying that while racial profiling is inappropriate, full descriptions of crime suspects -- including race -- are appropriate. “I firmly believe that a well-informed community is an asset to public safety," she said. "I believe that sharing more information in our crime alerts, not less, is most beneficial in terms of public safety, especially when that information is available."

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