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Monday, January 3, 2011 - 3:00am

Just before leaving office as New York State's attorney general and becoming the state's governor, Andrew M. Cuomo announced the creation of a national center that will help students and their families better understand their student loan options, The New York Times reported. The center is being created with funds from settlements reached by various colleges and lenders with New York State -- all arising from Cuomo's inquiry into the relationships between lenders and colleges. New York State Higher Education Services Corporation will manage the new center, and the New York Public Interest Research Group will start a publicity campaign to let students know about the center.

Monday, January 3, 2011 - 3:00am

Stephens College will earn $1 million as a result of its employees losing more than the 250 pounds required in the unusual challenge from an anonymous donor, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported. The college's employees collectively lost 302 pounds.

Monday, January 3, 2011 - 3:00am

The Association of American Law Schools is facing the prospect of a protest at its annual meeting in San Francisco this week because of a call by a labor group to boycott the Hilton hotel where parts of the meeting will be held. The association moved many sessions out of the hotel in response to the concerns, but leaders of the group note that there is no strike (just a boycott call) and that the organization signed a contract with the hotel nine years ago. Leaders of the association sent a letter to all law deans in December outlining efforts to move many sessions out of the hotel but also voicing concern that some speakers scheduled for the meeting had reported feeling "badgered and harassed" by demands that they move their sessions.

Monday, January 3, 2011 - 3:00am

Some eyebrows are being raised in Florida over new data showing that some community college graduates -- generally in programs oriented toward science careers -- are earning more upon graduation than those who finish four-year degrees elsewhere, The Miami Herald reported. Those who graduate with an associate in science degree at a community college are reporting an average starting salary of $47,708. That's higher than the average for bachelor's degrees at either the state's public universities ($36,552) or private colleges and universities ($44,558).

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 3:00am

The U.S. Education Department has published annual data that examine not only the standard two-year "cohort default rate" for student loan borrowers, but also the rate at which student loan borrowers default over the lifetime of their loans. As is true of other analyses of default rates, the statistics show that students at for-profit colleges are more likely to default on their federal loans than are students from other types of colleges.

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 3:00am

Italian students held protests throughout the country Wednesday to object to major higher education reforms being promoted by the government of Prime Minister Silvio Belusconi, AFP reported. In Naples, students blocked train tracks, while buildings were occupied elsewhere and police in Palermo had to use tear gas to disperse crowds. The reform plan is expected, among other things, to result in the mergers of some universities and the hiring of non-academics as deans at some institutions.

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 3:00am

  • Patrick Griffin, Congressional scholar in residence at American University, has been named associate director for public policy at the university's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies.
  • Diana Hess, professor of education at University of Wisconsin at Madison, has been chosen as senior vice president at the Spencer Foundation, in Illinois.
  • Stephanie Kelly, associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Indianapolis, has been promoted to dean of the College of Health Sciences there.
  • David C. Sarrett, interim dean of the School of Dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named dean on a permanent basis.
  • Kent Stucky, associate vice president for university development at Loyola University Chicago, has been appointed as vice president for alumni and development at Trine University, in Indiana.
  • The appointments above are drawn from The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also includes a comprehensive catalog of upcoming events in higher education. To submit job changes or calendar items, please click here.

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 3:00am

    Even as many universities continue to minimize salary increases for most employees (or to skip raises altogether), assistant football coaches are seeing already generous compensation packages grow, according to a new study by USA Today. In the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, 132 assistant coaches earned $250,000 or more, up from 106 last year. Within that group, 26 assistant football coaches are earning at least $400,000, double the number at that level a year ago.

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 3:00am

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday announced a suit against Kaplan Higher Education, charging that the for-profit university was violating the rights of black job applicants by considering credit histories in deciding whom to hire. "This practice has an unlawful discriminatory impact because of race and is neither job-related nor justified by business necessity," said a statement from the EEOC. Kaplan issued a statement to Bloomberg saying that it conducted the credit checks only for jobs involving financial matters, adding that the company was "proud of the diversity of our workforce."

    Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 3:00am

    Tensions at the University of Puerto Rico are rising as a student strike continues over a fee increase, the Associated Press reported. At least 17 people were detained in clashes between protesters and police on Monday.

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