Higher Education Quick Takes

Quick Takes

January 13, 2014

Robby Burleigh, a professor at Baton Rouge Community College, has been arrested on charges that he attacked his fiancée, who also is one of his students, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported. Police records state that the fiancée is pregnant and that a fight started over her desire to keep the baby. Burleigh teaches philosophy of religion, biomedical ethics, introduction to ethics and introduction to logic at the college. He faces charges of domestic abuse battery, false imprisonment and simple criminal damage to property. He told authorities that he did pin down his fiancée, but only to try to "calm her down."

 

January 13, 2014

Seven fraternity members at the State University of New York at Canton have been charged by authorities with hazing, and The Watertown Daily News detailed some of the acts they are alleged to have orchestrated in November's pledging process:

  • Pledges were branded with a metal hanger, with the branding done by the father of a fraternity member.
  • Removing excrement from a toilet by hand and being told to eat it. (The pledge who reported this said he declined to actually eat.)
  • Rubbing hot sauce onto their crotches for 15 minutes.
  • Cracking raw eggs into the mouth of a pledge, who would then be told to spit the egg into another pledge's mouth.

The students who were charged will appear in court later this month to respond to the charges.

January 13, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, James Coan of the University of Virginia reveals evidence that our brains are wired for empathy. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

January 13, 2014

"Managing the Student Lifecycle" is a collection of news articles -- in print-on-demand format -- about issues facing students as they progress through higher education. The articles aim to put recent developments into long-term context. The goal is to provide some of Inside Higher Ed's best recent material in one easy-to-read place. Download the booklet here.

This is the fifth in a series of such compilations that Inside Higher Ed is publishing on a range of topics, such as retention, online learning and accreditation. On January 28, 2014, Inside Higher Ed will offer a free webinar in which Editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will discuss these issues. You can register for the webinar here.
January 13, 2014

Most universities lose money on research, according to an analysis published in the journal Technology and Innovation - Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors. The study notes that universities seek (and receive) research grants from the federal government and other sources. But the study says that these grants cover such a small share of "indirect costs" of research -- such as staffing, equipment and facilities -- that typically institutions lose money. The authors of the paper are Karen Holbrook, former president of Ohio State University, and Paul R. Sanberg, senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida.

January 13, 2014

The University of Colorado at Denver does not plan to seek the dismissal of an administrator who was placed on leave after the revelation that she was running a phone sex service, CBS Denver 4 reported. The TV network has also found that she ran an escort service. The administrator -- Resa Cooper-Morning, cultural diversity coordinator in the university's ethnic studies department -- has declined to comment, and her lawyer has denied any wrongdoing.

A spokesman for the university said: "We’ve been unable to establish that Ms. Cooper-Morning engaged in criminal activity nor have we been able to determine that she operated her outside businesses while on the job. The university does not condone Ms. Cooper-Morning's activities, but under the law, there are limits on actions that employers can take regarding off-duty conduct of employees. In the absence of additional information, Ms. Cooper-Morning remains employed by the university."

January 13, 2014

Pennsylvania State University earned more ($2.7 million) on credit card royalties and fees than did any other college or university, according to an analysis by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The newspaper used reports required by a new federal law. But the analysis also found that the number of accounts on which Penn State is paid is going down -- from 65,955 in December 2011 to 60,490 in December 2012.

January 10, 2014

The University of Wisconsin System has a new president -- and like his two most recent predecessors, he was an internal candidate. The system's Board of Regents on Thursday selected Raymond W. Cross, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, as the system's new leader. Cross, who has been in Wisconsin since 2011, replaces Kevin C. Reilly, who resigned to take a leadership position at the American Council on Education after months of rocky relations with legislators over the system's finances.

Reilly had the same job -- as chancellor of the system's network of two-year colleges, online programs and community services -- before he became UW's president. His predecessor, Katherine C. Lyall, was the system's chief academic officer before she became president.

January 10, 2014

In today’s Academic Minute, Minna Huotilainen of the University of Helsinki explains why it may never be too early to introduce a baby to music. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

 

January 10, 2014

Top Obama administration officials on Thursday held a meeting at the Treasury Department with more than a dozen financial institutions and loan servicing entities to discuss ways to improve the private student loan market. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and Acting Deputy Treasury Secretary Mary Miller were among the administration officials and government regulators who met with executives from the largest student lenders and servicers.

“Participants discussed strategies to assist borrowers in successfully managing their private student loans, including servicing best practices and approaches to private student loan modifications and refinancing,” according to the Treasury Department’s account of the closed-door meeting.

Miller urged the banks and loan servicing companies “to continue their efforts to expand options for repayment in the private student loan marketplace,” the department said. "Private student lenders and servicers can and should do more to offer more affordable repayment options so borrowers can avoid default," Cordray said in a statement after the meeting.  

Cordray’s agency has been critical about some practices in the private student loan market. The CFPB previously raised concerns about problems with the servicing of private student loans, especially with regard to military service members. Starting in March, the bureau will begin more closely monitoring of the largest student loan servicing companies. Private lenders and loan servicers have also drawn scrutiny from consumer advocates and several members of Congress. A group of Senate Democrats is pushing legislation by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois that would increase regulation of private student loans and how companies service those loans.

Attending the meeting from the private student loan industry included executives from: Sallie Mae, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, RBS Citizens Financial, PNC Financial Services, CommonBond, SunTrust Banks, Discover Financial Services, American Education Services (also known as the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency), Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, and the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority.

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