Higher Education Quick Takes

Quick Takes

February 7, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Kevin Walsh of the University of York traces the history of the human occupation of Europe’s alpine region. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.
 

February 7, 2014

Corinthian Colleges, Inc., a chain of for-profit colleges, said in a federal filing Wednesday that the U.S. Education Department had rejected "many" of the company's requests for new programs because of concerns about its reporting of job placement and other information. Company officials disputed an assertion made in a January letter from the Education Department that Corinthian had "admitted falsifying" placement or grade information, saying instead that the company had detected and reported to federal authorities "isolated instances" of misreporting.

February 7, 2014

If they want to be paid, college athletes might be better off declaring themselves interns and seeking compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act than they will be in seeking unionization, a Bloomberg Businessweek article suggests. Unpaid interns who work in similar conditions have been successful in lawsuits when they’ve shown that their employer derived “immediate advantage” from the intern’s work, that they didn’t benefit from the experience, and that they displaced regular employees.

The Northwestern football players who petitioned to form the College Athletes Players Association last month say they are not immediately seeking compensation, just full coverage for sports-related medical expenses and more rights regarding safety and other issues. But a push for more money could come in the future.

February 7, 2014

Fund raisers at American colleges and schools estimate that giving to their institutions grew by 5.1 percent in 2013 in will grow by 5.2 percent this year, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education said its twice-year survey had found.

The figures for higher education alone were flipped, at 5.2 percent for 2013 and 5.1 percent for 2014. And public colleges and universities were more upbeat than their private college counterparts, estimating donations to their institutions at 5.7 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively, compared to 4.8 percent for both years for private colleges.

February 7, 2014

National Associations

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

American Association of University Professors

American Council on Education

American Psychological Association

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Association of American Universities

Association of Community College Trustees

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

National Association for College Admission Counseling

National Association of Financial Aid Administrators

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

State Higher Education Executive Officers Association

Veterans groups

Regional Associations

Association of Independent Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts

Association of Vermont Independent Colleges

Kansas Independent College Association

Minnesota Private College Council

Public and private, nonprofit colleges & universities in Wisconsin

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Advocacy Groups/Think Tanks

American Institutes for Research

Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success

College Educational Quality

Institute for Higher Education Policy

National Center for Learning Disabilities

New America Foundation

OneGoal

Postsecondary Analytics

Student Press Law Center

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program

The Institute for College Access & Success

Young Invincibles

Businesses

ACT, Inc.

Equifax Workforce Solutions

Higher One, Inc.

The College Board

University Systems

California Community College system

California State University System

State University of New York

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

University of California system

University of North Carolina system

Individual Institutions

Adrian College

Arkansas State University-Beebe

Athens State University

Athens State University

Brown University

Chesnut Hill College

Clemson University

Columbia College of Missouri

Cornell University

DeVry Education Group

Duke University

East Arkansas Community College

Empire State College

Fisher College

Forsyth Technical Community College

Furman University

Gordon College

Higher Education Consortia at the University of Delaware

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation

Kaplan Inc.

Lasell College

Le Moyne College

Lebanon Valley College

LeTourneau University

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Mount Aloysius College

Newman University

Northeastern University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Pace University

Roosevelt University

Saint Leo University

Saint Louis University

Santa Clara University

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Shaw University

Southern Adventist University

Southern Methodist University

Stanford University

The Cleveland Institute of Art

The Ohio State University

Tri-County Technical College

University of Alaska

University of California, Berkeley

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Pennsylvania

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Washington State University

Webster University

Wheelock College

Widener University

Williams College

February 6, 2014

The American Council on Education, the umbrella group of higher education associations in Washington, announced Wednesday that it will add a longtime Education Department official to its lobbying team.

Daniel T. Madzelan, who for several decades was a senior career staffer at the department and served a short stint as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the beginning of the Obama administration, will become the group’s new associate vice president for government relations. He left the department in March 2012, having served for 33 years under six presidents and nine education secretaries. 

Madzelan will take the position at the American Council of Education that was held by Becky Timmons, who retired last week after 40 years at the organization.

February 6, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Benjamin Black of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discusses the connection between volcanism and one of the largest extinctions in Earth’s history. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

February 6, 2014

Cultural Anthropology, the flagship journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, became the latest scholarly journal to go open access with the publication of its February issue this week. Launched in 1986, the journal is the first published by the American Anthropological Association to go open access, the society noted in a press release.

February 6, 2014

The University of California at Los Angeles has revised its travel guidelines in the wake of an investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting. The California-based news organization uncovered top officials bending travel rules to fly in business or first class and staying in luxury hotels. The revised rules, announced in an internal email from UCLA’s provost late last month, are designed to ensure employees make “prudent” arrangements. The internal email was first reported on and posted online by the UCLA student newspaper.

February 6, 2014

Brandeis University is offering buyouts to about 150 staffers amid an estimated $6.5 million deficit, The Boston Globe ​reports. Last month, the university paid nearly $5 million to its former president in deferred compensation and for unused sabbatical. A spokeswoman for the university told the paper the large payout to the president did not factor into the decision to offer the voluntary buyouts, which do not affect faculty members.

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