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Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 3:00am

  • Derek Bellin, senior consultant at Freeman Philanthropic Services, has been named vice president for college relations and chief advancement officer at Marymount Manhattan College, in New York.
  • Lisa Jamison Bowling, associate vice president of development at Ferrum College, in Virginia, has been selected as assistant vice president for resource development at Roanoke College, also in Virginia.
  • Frederick R. Chang, associate dean of information technology and director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named the AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • John Hutchinson, professor of chemistry at Rice University, in Texas, has been promoted to dean of undergraduates there.
  • Rachel F. Moran, Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Professor of Law at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, has been appointed dean and professor of law at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law.
  • Audrey Tanner, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs at the San Francisco Art Institute, has been chosen as vice president for enrollment management at Saint Joseph College, in Connecticut.
  • 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, July 7, 2010 - 3:00am

    A new study in the Journal of Affective Disorders documents again that many college students think about suicide and also identifies key risk factors that may assist with prevention efforts. The findings are based on a study of more than 1,000 students at the University of Maryland at College Park who were tracked over four years. Of the 1,085 students, 151 (12 percent) said they had pondered committing suicide at least once -- with 37 saying they did so repeatedly, 10 saying that they had made plans or carried out full-fledged attempts during college. Lack of social support was identified as a key factor in predicting persistent suicidal thoughts. Other risk factors: depressive symptoms, exposure to domestic violence in childhood and having a mother suffering from depression.

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:00am

    Non-tenure-track faculty members at Ferris State University voted Friday to unionize and to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers. The vote is among a series that have taken place at Michigan public universities in recent years, where adjuncts have been organized by the AFT.

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:00am

    The regional accrediting agency for the mid-Atlantic states last month placed on probation 10 of the University of Puerto Rico's 11 campuses, a private independent college in Maryland, and a for-profit institution in the District of Columbia. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education cited the Puerto Rico university because of concerns about the impact of the longstanding student strike (recently settled) on the campuses' ability to meet the agency's standards on governance and the appropriate length of educational offerings. The accreditor cited Baltimore International College for shortcomings related to the faculty role in governance, the size and independence of its governing board, and assessment of student learning at the institution. And Potomac College faces probation for lacking an adequate strategic plan and insufficient goals and use of data related to student learning. In other actions, Middle States continued the probation of the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, placed seven institutions on warning status, including the National Labor College, and removed Rockland Community College, in New York, from warning status.

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:00am

    The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth faced considerable skepticism when it agreed to take over a private law school -- the Southern New England School of Law -- with many questioning why a state with no obvious shortage of law schools needed to invest public dollars in one. But demand has been strong. The Boston Globe reported that applications and first-year enrollment projections are both double what they were a year ago, with entering student credentials (as measured by grades and test scores) also on the rise.

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:00am

    The House of Representatives has banned earmarks of funds directly to companies, but many corporations that have received earmarks in the past and that want to keep them coming are working through nonprofit groups -- including colleges and universities -- to do so, The New York Times reported. The earmarks technically go to the nonprofit group, which then subcontracts much of the work to a corporate entity. Among the universities cited in the article are Eastern Kentucky University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Toledo.

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:00am

    Dana College's board members -- backed by Nebraska leaders -- are trying to keep the college alive by finding a way to get its accreditor to let the accreditation transfer if private investors buy the institution, The Omaha World-Herald reported. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools rejected that idea last week, leading the investors to say that they would not purchase the college and the college to announce that it would close.

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:00am

    The University of Georgia announced the resignation of Damon Evans as athletics director Monday, following days of speculation over whether he could keep his job after being arrested Wednesday for driving under the influence. Evans initially tried to keep his job and made a public apology. But university officials acted after more details came out about the arrest, particularly embarrassing as Georgia has faced a series of scandals over the years because of the behavior of athletes. Among the details reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: When it became clear that Evans was going to be arrested, he told an officer, "I am not trying to bribe you but I'm the athletic director of the University of Georgia." In addition, when stopped, Evans had between his legs the underwear of a woman who was in the car (who was not his wife, and who was arrested for disorderly conduct).

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:00am

    Michigan State University is shutting down its undergraduate campus in Dubai, saying that it has lost millions of dollars on the effort while failing to attract enough students to make the program sustainable, The National reported. A small master's program will be maintained. Only about 100 undergraduates are enrolled, and Michigan State officials said that their financial plans had assumed larger enrollments.

    Terry Denbow, vice president for university relations at Michigan State, told Inside Higher Ed vie e-mail that the university was indeed changing its goals for Dubai. "Our strategic approach is to sharpen our focus in the region and streamline operations in the face of recent and very dramatic worldwide economic challenges. We’ll focus on executive development programs, study abroad, graduate education, research and consulting services, and seek new academic opportunities in Dubai, the UAE, and the region," he said. "We have embarked upon the formal processes needed to shift undergraduate programs there to East Lansing with a seamless transition."

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:00am

    Lincoln Land Community College has agreed to upgrade its softball facilities to settle a complaint filed with the U.S. Education Department under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which bars discrimination based on sex, The State Journal-Register, of Springfield, Ill., reported. An Education Department inquiry rejected some charges against the college with regard to the treatment of female athletes, but found that there were illegal inequities in facilities.

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