Higher Education Quick Takes

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May 22, 2014

A survey by education insurance agency United Educators and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges found colleges lack "formal risk assessment processes."

The report, titled "A Wake Up Call: Enterprise Risk Management at Colleges and Universities Today," follows up on a similar survey in 2008. The report says that while colleges are increasingly making oversight of institutional risk a priority, the colleges' confidence that they are following good practices has decreased. 

May 22, 2014

The Obama administration has delayed the release of its college ratings system until later this year, according to a blog post published by the Education Department on Wednesday.

Jamienne S. Studley, a deputy under secretary of education who has been leading the development of the ratings, wrote that the administration was “on track to come out with a proposal by this fall and a final version of the new ratings system before the 2015-16 school year.”

Officials previously had said they expected to produce a draft rating system for public comment at some point this spring or in the first half of 2014.

The White House has said that after implementing the rating system in 2015, it plans to persuade Congress to link the ratings to federal student aid by 2018. 

May 22, 2014

Japan’s Kinki University is changing its name to Kindai University so as to stave off chuckles on the part of English-speakers, the Japan Times reported. “We aim to get more foreign students coming here, so we’ve decided to change our English name to ensure there is no misunderstanding,” a university spokesman said.

May 22, 2014

In today's Academic Minute, Georgia Panagiotaki, lecturer in psychology at the University of East Anglia, discusses some of the many factors that influence how a child understands and interprets the human body and its related physical behaviors. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

May 21, 2014

Presidents of the universities in the Pac-12 Conference are urging the leaders of other major sports programs to adopt a set of significant rules changes that would give athletes more financial support and reduce the demands on them, the Associated Press reported. In a letter to the presidents in the other four so-called power conferences, the Pac-12 chiefs called for increasing the value of athletic scholarships up to the full cost of attendance and guaranteeing them for the full duration of a bachelor's degree, decrease time demands on players in season and out, liberalizing rules restricting transfer between colleges, and strengthening academic requirements teams must meet to qualify for postseason play.

May 21, 2014

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and three universities are teaming up to try to replicate the successful Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which has helped the University of Maryland-Baltimore County become a top producer of minority scientists. Under the arrangement, announced Tuesday, Hughes will help Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill try to adapt elements of the Meyerhoff program to newly created programs on their own campuses. The five-year effort, into which HHMI is investing $7.5 million, is designed to study the progress of the adaptation to see if it can be done and then further expanded.

May 21, 2014

A South Carolina regulatory body disapproves of a plan by an out-of-state for-profit entity to take over the Charleston School of Law, according to the Post and Courier newspaper.

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education’s Committee on Academic Affairs and Licensing voted against recommending a license that would allow Florida-based InfiLaw to operate the law school, which is a decade-old private law school. InfiLaw, which has law schools in three other states, is facing lawsuits against it in two of them. Many alumni and faculty members in Charleston object to the deal.

 

May 21, 2014

It may be some time before it's clear how much of the company that ConnectEdu had built up over a decade survives last month's filing for bankruptcy. But at least one of the pieces that had made up the education and career tracking company will live on. Academic Management Systems and the CoursEval course and instructor evaluation platform it created nearly 20 years ago have been bought by a Maine venture capital firm, North Atlantic Capital Corporation. About 300 colleges use CoursEval, according to a news release.

May 21, 2014

Apollo Education Group is expanding into Africa. The for-profit education company, which owns the University of Phoenix, announced on Tuesday that its wholly owned subsidiary, Apollo Global, had purchased an 81 percent interest in a private South African higher education provider, Milpark Education, for $25.6 million. Apollo Global’s network also includes institutions in Australia, Chile, India, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

May 21, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Susan Kalisz, assistant professor of biology at the University of Pittsburgh, is linking the diet of deer to the success of the animals' surrounding fauna. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

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