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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.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:00am

    Professors at West Virginia State University voted Tuesday, 67 to 15, that they have no confidence in President Hazo Carter, The Charleston Daily Mail reported. Carter has been president since 1987. Faculty members cited a lack of leadership, of responsiveness, and of good financial plans as reasons for their vote. The university hired a fund-raising consultant last year to plan for a campaign to raise $25.5 million, but learned that many would-be donors had major criticisms of the university and were not willing to donate large sums. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Carter said that the frustrations grew out of his long tenure as president. "What happens is that when a person is in one place for a long time, the longer you're someplace, the more often you have an opportunity to make decisions that some people don't like," he said. "Of course, that's fine, because that's what management is all about."

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:00am

    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.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:00am

    In today’s Academic Minute, the University of Connecticut's Nicholas Leadbeater discusses the chemical process used to remove caffeine from coffee, and where all that caffeine ends up. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 3:00am

    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.

    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.

    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.

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