EXECUTIVE POSITIONS

Education Department signs $4 million college ratings contract, eyes a ratings appeals process

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Education Department documents show money spent on college ratings as well as proposals to allow colleges to challenge and publicly annotate their data in the ratings.

AAUP: Full-time faculty salaries up 2.2 percent this year

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Faculty pay is up 2.2. percent, or 1.4 percent adjusted for inflation, new A.A.U.P. survey finds. Despite modest gains, association says professor pay can't be blamed for tuition hikes. Searchable database by institution available exclusively here.

Starbucks doubles its higher education program

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Coffee giant extends its tuition program so that it covers four full years. McDonald's provides details of its much smaller plan.

Union fights Massachusetts state colleges' challenge to cap on part-time faculty

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Massachusetts faculty union fights to enforce a contract cap on part-time faculty, while other adjunct advocates see little value in such efforts.

Some college leaders are responding quickly to racist and sexist incidents

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College leaders have gotten speedier and more severe in taking action against students linked to racist incidents. Critics fear due process is being eroded.

Federal privacy bill a 'missed opportunity' for Obama administration, legal scholars say

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A new federal student privacy bill leaves out higher education, a move some legal scholars describe as a mistake.

New projects, laws help prison college programs gain steam

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Could support for providing prisoners access to college-level courses be growing more widespread? 

Anger over state board's decision not to renew U. of Mississippi chancellor

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U. of Mississippi chancellor has grown enrollment, attracted better prepared students, set records in fund-raising, championed diversity, practiced shared governance and supported athletics revival. But amid disagreement on medical center, he is being forced out.

 

Is the U. of Oklahoma doing enough for the state's American Indian population?

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The same fraternity in the national spotlight for a racist video was involved in incidents against American Indians in the 1990's -- and Indians question whether the university is doing enough to boost minority recruitment.

 

Brown U. sexual assault investigation draws criticism from accused and accusers

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Allegations of mismanaged drug tests and students' questions about the role of money and power lead to scrutiny of a sexual assault investigation at Brown U.

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