President Donna E. Shalala said Wednesday that the University of Miami would cooperate fully with a National Collegiate Athletic Association investigation into a former booster's charges that he made improper payments to dozens of Hurricane players and coaches during an eight-year spree in which he appeared to have virtually unfettered access to the university's sports program. The allegations made to Yahoo Sports by Nevin Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year sentence for a series of financial crimes, are on a scale that rival some of the biggest in college sports history, and Mark Emmert, the NCAA's president, said in a statement Wednesday that the association was several months into an investigation of the university. In her statement, Shalala -- who was photographed in 2008 holding a $50,000 check from Shapiro, a picture that appeared alongside the Yahoo article -- said the university would "vigorously pursue the truth, wherever that path may lead."
Higher Education Quick Takes
The University of California, whose campuses have worried about losing top faculty members amid budget cuts and salary freezes and cuts, on Wednesday announced that faculty members who receive good performance reviews will receive a 3 percent raise, The Los Angeles Times reported. Non-academic, non-unionized employees could receive larger raises. The university also announced that administrators who earn more than $200,000 will not be included in the raise pool.
New York University has agreed to pay $210,000 to settle a suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over racial harassment of an employee from Africa, CNN reported. The EEOC said that the supervisor referred to the employee as a "monkey" and "gorilla," asked "do you want a banana?" and urged the employee to "go back to your cage," An NYU spokesman said that the supervisor is no longer employed by the university and that NYU does not tolerate such behavior.
The State University of New York is planning to have two of its presidents each lead a second campus. The Associated Press reported that Wolf Yeigh, president of SUNY Institute of Technology, will also become president of Morrisville State College, and SUNY Delhi President Candace Vancko will also become president of SUNY Cobleskill.
James Hupp has resigned as dean of a new dental school at East Carolina University, but will remain on the faculty, after a state audit criticized his travel expenses, The News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., reported. The audit questioned "extensive" travel by administrators as the dental school -- which is about to start classes -- was created. In the United States, officials traveled to Kiawah Island, S.C., and Destin, Fla. There were also international trips to Germany and Switzerland.
Officials in Sri Lanka are offering land and tax breaks to recruit about 10 foreign universities to set up campuses there, The Asian Tribune reported. Officials expect campuses to be set up by a Thai university, Asian Institute of Technology, an Indian university, Manipal University, and others.
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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.
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.