Higher Education Quick Takes
In today’s Academic Minute, Seth Chandler of the University of Houston examines how
computer technology is poised to change how legislation is written and applied. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.
Chicago State University officials have been boasting about improvements in retention rates. But an investigation by The Chicago Tribune found that part of the reason is that students with grade-point averages below 1.8 have been permitted to stay on as students, in violation of university rules. Chicago State officials say that they have now stopped the practice, which the Tribune exposed by requesting the G.P.A.'s of a cohort of students. Some of the students tracked had G.P.A.'s of 0.0.
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).
A church in Arizona and one in Kentucky are suing one another over the sale of an apparently unaccredited for-profit online university, The Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The suits say that Child of the King Ministries, in Louisville, sold the institution to Church for the Nations, in Phoenix, last year. Child of the King says that Church for the Nations isn't making the required payments. But Church for the Nations says that Child of the King made false claims about the university, including that it had accreditation, was affiliated with various other educational institutions, and had a base of foreign students who wanted an American degree.
Kaplan Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a whistleblower'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.
In today's Academic Minute, Jacqueline Bennett of the State University of New York at Oneonta explains her discovery of a novel and greener process of chemical production. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.
Many public colleges in New Jersey have in recent years announced salary freezes for presidents, citing the budget cuts faced at the institutions along with the tuition increases being paid by students and their families. But an investigation by The Star-Ledger documented lucrative benefits that have remained in presidential contracts providing many of them with substantial additional funds during this time. Many of the presidents, for example, receive retention bonuses -- lump sum payments (in the six figures in some cases) for staying for certain periods of time. Other benefits: personal financial advisers and health club memberships, million-dollar insurance policies and unlimited gas.
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.