The University of Kansas has opened a new branch of its medical school -- for only eight students. The New York Times reported that the new campus, in Salina, in a rural part of the state, is part of an effort to attract more M.D.'s to work in rural parts of the state. The thinking is that by recruiting students from the region, and keeping them there, they won't be tempted to relocate to urban areas later. The curriculum will be more focused on typical problems faced in rural areas than on specialties.
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Kaplan Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a whistle-blower's suit charging that the company's CHI Institute, in Pennsylvania, enrolled students in a surgical technology program without having enough clinical placements for the students to graduate, The New York Times reported. About $500,000 in the settlement will repay student loans of those enrolled in the program. Kaplan did not admit any wrongdoing.
Kaplan Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle three legal matters at the company's CHE Institute, in Pennsylviania, including a whistleblower's suit charging that the campus enrolled students in a surgical technology program without having enough clinical placements for the students to graduate, The New York Times reported. About $500,000 in the settlement will repay student loans of those enrolled in the program. Kaplan did not admit any wrongdoing. About $225,000 will go to settle the whistleblower's suit.
Atlantic Union College has issued layoff notices to all employees, effective July 31, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported. The college, in Massachusetts, has been in the process of becoming a branch of Washington Adventist University, in Maryland. But delays by Massachusetts officials in approving the merger have left Atlantic Union without the resources to continue, without the authority to merge. Had the merger gone through, layoffs were projected to be minimal.
Teenagers who are members of various minority faiths in Britain are more likely to end up enrolled in a university than are Christians, according to a new government study, TES reported. Among those who as teenagers identify as Hindus, 77 percent end up in a university. The figure for Sikhs is 63 percent, while the figure for Muslims is 53 percent. Those groups were lagged by Christians (45 percent) and those who said they did not have a faith (32 percent).
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Boston University researchers have retracted a paper, originally published in Science, in which they claimed to have identified a genetic signature for human longevity, The Boston Globe reported. A new analysis found that some of the data they used were incorrect. A statement from Science said: "Although the authors remain confident about their findings, Science has concluded on the basis of peer review that a paper built on the corrected data would not meet the journal's standards for genome-wide association studies. The researchers worked exhaustively to correct the errors in the original paper and we regret the outcome of the exhaustive revision and re-review process was not more favorable."
The heads of four major archaeological institutes at Israel universities have written to Limor Livnat, the country's culture minister, to ask that she withdraw proposed changes to the Antiquities Authority Law, Haaretz reported. Currently the chair of the Antiquities Authority Council must be a scientist who is a member of the Israel's National Academy of Sciences. Livnat has argued that the pool of candidates isn't large enough so she wants to be able to select someone after consulting with the National Academy of Sciences, but not necessarily from that body. The academic institute leaders argue that this shift is an attempt to put a right-leaning scholar in charge of the council and its work.
Peace College, a women's college in Raleigh, N.C., announced Thursday that it will become a university and will admit male students to all programs. Peace said that it would maintain its commitment to students in part by offering selected "single-gender courses in targeted disciplines where research shows that women and mean learn differently and that each benefit from a single-gender classroom." Even with such sections, "all classes will be accessible to add students," the statement said. The last year has seen numerous controversies at Peace as budget cuts and layoffs have been criticized by many. Moves to admit men to women's colleges have angered alumnae elsewhere. The first post on the Peace alumnae Facebook page is a link to a petition "to save Peace College," and criticizing the administration's management of the institution.
On Thursday, in response to the news from Peace, Meredith College -- another women's institution in Raleigh -- issued a statement affirming that it plans to remain single-sex.
An appeals board of the U.S. Department of Labor this week issued a ruling backing the right of the University of Texas at Brownsville to use online advertising to show that it had attempted to recruit an American for a position for which it wanted authority to hire a non-citizen. An FAQ from the Office of Foreign Labor Certification has said that an employer must use a print advertisement for such purposes. But the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals ruled that the regulations on this subject do not require a print ad, so the FAQ cannot be relied upon. Further, the board found that the official who rejected the Brownsville request to be certified based on an online ad offered "no rationale or explanation as to why an electronic national professional journal is somehow inadequate." Full disclosure: The ad that Brownsville fought to get certified ran in Inside Higher Ed, which as an online publication stands to benefit from the ruling because it ends a motivation for some institutions to advertise some positions in print.