Higher Education Quick Takes

Quick Takes

April 29, 2014

Nine students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been diagnosed with mumps, Illinois Public Media reported. The students had all been vaccinated, but the mumps vaccine is not effective with all people. Ohio State University has faced a large mumps outbreak this semester.

 

April 29, 2014

Cedarville University has fired J.D. Winteregg, an adjunct professor of French, over an online video used in his Republican primary challenge to John Boehner, speaker of the House of Representatives, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Winteregg, who has Tea Party backing, has an ad that is a parody of a Cialis commercial about treating erectile dysfunction. In the Winteregg ad, Boehner's name is mocked and he is said to have "electicle dysfunction." In a statement confirming that Winteregg was no longer teaching, Cedarville said that the university "does not engage in partisan politics and holds a high regard for displaying Christian values in the community."

 

 

 

 

April 29, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Marco Bisoffi, associate professor of biological sciences at Chapman University, explains her studies of field cancerization to help treat the deadly disease. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

April 29, 2014

Texas Southern University is facing a $7 million deficit, The Houston Chronicle reported. An enrollment drop this year of nearly 10 percent is the cause of the problems, officials said. They blamed the difficulties that many students and families have had obtaining financial aid.

 

April 29, 2014

Abdelhak Bensaoula and David Starikov, professors of physics at the University of Houston, are facing federal charges of conspiracy, making false statement and wire fraud, all in connection with federal grant applications, The Houston Chronicle reported. No comment was available from the professors, but the university said that the charges -- if true -- would make the institution a victim in the case.

April 29, 2014

Most business leaders (54 percent) believe the U.S. higher education system lags behind those of both developed and emerging countries, according to a new poll by Northeastern University. An overwhelming majority of executives (97 percent) believe that colleges should expand experiential learning, and nearly as many (89 percent) believe colleges should do more to teach entrepreneurship.

 

April 29, 2014

With the heads of federal science agencies set to testify at a Senate hearing today, a coalition of 50 research and university groups are again imploring the government to do its part to close what they call the "innovation deficit." The groups note that the level of federal investment in research and higher education needed to keep the United States as the world's leader in idea creation and innovation can be accomplished only if Washington policy makers agree to "stop sequestration, reduce long-term budget deficits, and stabilize the long-term national debt."

April 28, 2014

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has picked 14 institutions to participate in a "jumpstart" program for competency-based education. With funding the Lumina Foundation, the council will help the 14 colleges and universities develop degree programs that are based on competencies rather than the credit hour standard. The group includes community colleges and both public and private four-year universities.

April 28, 2014

South Carolina State University is running out of money, and lacks the funds to make payroll next month, The Times and Democrat reported. Officials said the university nearly was unable to make payroll this month, but was saved by a commission check from Sodexo, the dining services contractor, which nearly didn't get paid because the university owes Sodexo $2.3 million. The historically black university is appealing to the General Assembly for $13.6 million for current bills and those about to be faced by the institution.

April 28, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, D.J. Pisano, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at West Virginia University, explains his studies of the chemical elements present in space to unlock mysteries of the universe. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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