Higher Education Quick Takes

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November 13, 2013

The University of Utah and leaders of the Ute tribe will negotiate later this month on a set of terms for the university's continued use of the tribe's name to refer to its sports teams, The Deseret News reported. Tribal leaders must assent to the university's continued use of the nickname, based on a 2005 agreement that exempted Utah from a National Collegiate Athletic Association-imposed restriction on use of what the NCAA termed "hostile and abusive" Native American nicknames and mascots. The Utah newspaper said that tribal leaders were planning to ask university officials to create an office of the special adviser to the president on American Indian affairs and to switch from scholarships to tuition waivers for all Ute tribal members who attend the university. A university spokeswoman told the newspaper that those and other issues would be on the agenda for the meeting.

 

 

 

November 12, 2013

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday on a rare circumstance poised to occur this week: the firing of a tenured faculty member by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. The Tribune article states that the case appears to represent the first time the Illinois board has been asked to weigh in on a tenure review decision. The case involves Louis Wozniak, who was removed from teaching several years ago over an email he sent to students that was perceived to have sexual overtones, one of several points of conflict that have led university administrators to seek to revoke his tenure. A faculty committee cleared him of most of the charges filed against him, but Illinois officials have argued that his continued flouting of one demand justified his firing.

 

November 12, 2013

In today’s Academic Minute, Joel Beam of the University of North Florida examines what the body of research says about the best method for treating wounds. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

November 12, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama -- who has focused many of her public efforts on fitness, nutrition and military families -- will today start a new effort related to higher education, The New York Times reported. Obama will be focused on encouraging more low-income students to pursue higher education, and will draw on her own background as a child from a working-class family who earned degrees from Princeton and Harvard Universities.

November 12, 2013

A former professor of French at Wittenberg University in Ohio is suing the institution -- along with local police and media -- following his acquittal on rape and kidnapping charges in a case involving a developmentally disabled man, the Associated Press reported.

Hollant (Max) Adrien filed a federal civil rights lawsuit last week seeking reinstatement and $2 million in damages from Wittenberg, which fired him last year, before the case went to trial. In lieu of reinstatement, he's seeking $10 million. He's also seeking $50 million from local police and $110 million combined from six news outlets. A Wittenberg spokeswoman said via email that while the university doesn't comment on pending litigation, "we are confident that our institution was lawful and consistent in our policies and procedures in connection with Max Adrien."

November 12, 2013

The women’s ice hockey teams from Bemidji State and Ohio State Universities broke a decade-old record Friday night, but it’s not one their institutions will be bragging about. In a brawl that broke out as the game ended, athletes racked up 287 penalty minutes and 19 game disqualifications, both National Collegiate Athletic Association records for any division or gender, Deadspin reported. The total number of penalty minutes incurred during the game – 303 – breaks the 2004 record of 268, set by the men’s hockey teams at Boston University and the University of Maine.

 

November 12, 2013

After identifying a seventh possible meningitis case at Princeton University since March, New Jersey health officials declared a meningococcal disease outbreak there Sunday. A Princeton spokesperson told CBS News that all students living on campus are required to be vaccinated for meningitis, but the vaccine does not fully protect the strain that infected six students (the seventh victim was a visitor). 

November 12, 2013

Sylvia Manning, president of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, has announced that she plans to retire in July, she confirmed in an email to Inside Higher Ed. From her post as leader of the nation's largest regional accreditor, Manning has been a high-profile voice in the intensifying debate over accreditation. She is also widely credited with leading the commission's tougher approach on for-profit education. A search for her successor will be announced soon, Manning said.

November 11, 2013

A new analysis by ACT has found that only 36 percent of those who take the ACT and indicate a planned choice of college major are selecting a subject that is a good fit with their stated academic interests. Generally, those students scoring higher on the ACT were found to be more likely to have major choices that were a good fit.

 

November 11, 2013

Eastern Michigan University fired Ron English as football coach after a tape surfaced of him yelling at team members in a tirade with numerous expletives and insults, The Detroit News reported. Heather Lycke, the athletics director, issued a statement on the dismissal Saturday: "We hold our coaches and staff to high standards of professionalism and conduct and there is no place, particularly in a student environment, where the language is appropriate. The statements made by Coach English are absolutely unacceptable. My decision to make a change in leadership of our football program was the culmination of a lot of factors including the comprehensive review of our program, the competitive performance and this tape."

The Detroit News article linked to above includes a link to a censored version of the recording.

The Eastern Echo, the student newspaper at Eastern Michigan, has released an uncensored version of the recording.

 

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