Higher Education Quick Takes

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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.

February 3, 2014

The Peralta Community College District has announced that it will sell off holdings in fossil fuel companies, backing the movement to divest such holdings to promote environmentalism. email out to district to find out if it has any such holdings -sj

February 3, 2014

The Obama Administration on Friday announced a new, $150 million grant competition for job-training partnerships that will feature employers, community colleges, unions and work force boards. The money will be aimed at "helping to prepare and place the long-term unemployed into good jobs," according to the administration. The rollout included a White House event Friday that community college leaders and students attended, including Cheryl Hyman, chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago.

The National Skills Coalition, a nonprofit group, participated in the event. The coalition said the sector partnership approach helps job seekers ensure  that "every dollar spent on their education goes toward training with a job waiting on the other end." Congressional Republicans, however, criticized Obama's creation of the program through "executive fiat," and noted that more than 50 federal job training and employment programs already exist.

February 3, 2014

The president of Elizabeth City State University is planning an additional 65 layoffs, up to 30 of which would come from faculty positions, to deal with financial shortfalls, the Associated Press reported. The positions of four deans would also be eliminated. The actions would follow 46 layoffs last fall.

February 3, 2014

Virginia Intermont College and Webber International University on Friday announced plans to merge. Virginia Intermont, a liberal arts college, has been struggling with enrollment. Webber, located in Florida, has focused on business education and online programs.

February 3, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Molly Bray of the University of Texas at Austin explains the connection between genetics and the ability to stick to an exercise routine. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

February 3, 2014

Many colleges admit some of their freshmen for the spring semester rather than the fall semester. An article in The Washington Post looks at the way this system works at the University of Maryland at College Park, which admits -- for a state flagship university -- an unusually large share of its first-year class this way. Between 1994 and now, spring freshmen have gone from making up 8 percent of the first-year class to 21 percent.

 

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