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Students File Sexual Assault Complaint at UNC

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Posted by College Insurrection    Friday, January 18, 2013 at 3:45pm

If you’re having a bad day at work, just be thankful that you don’t run the public relations department at UNC.

Ben C. Smith of Carolina Review Daily reports.

Sexual Assault Victims File Complaint Against UNC

Earlier this morning, 3 students, Andrea Pino, Landen Gambill, along with alumni Annie Clark and former UNC Associate Dean of Students Melinda Manning filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on behalf of themselves and 64 other unnamed victims against UNC.

Pino, Gambill, and Clark, all sexual assault victims filed the suit after being sexually assaulted while attending UNC. Melinda Manning, who resigned after 11 years at UNC, due to the treatment of the victims, also joined in the suit. While seeking out help from the university, they claim that the university violated several of their rights as survivors of sexual assault. The survivors claim that UNC has an open hostility towards the survivors.

Gambill’s assault came at a unique time in which there was a change in policy at UNC due to the “Dear Colleague” letter sent out by the US Department of Education, to many universities regarding sexual assault policies. At the beginning of Gambill’s trial, UNC had already enacted the guidelines set out by the letter. Therefore, her trial began under two Honor Court students, a faculty member and an administrative chair. During this trial, Gambill reported, along with several other students, that they were asked insensitive questions, were discriminated against, and their rights were violated. In one instance, Gambill claims the student representing her gave information to her parents without permission, a direct violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

During the trial, Gambil also claims that the university tries to re-victimize her by blaming her for what happened. While in a relationship with her boyfriend, she claims he raped and then stalked her after the relationship ended.  She claims they made her testify in gruesome detail and was then questioned as to why she had not left the relationship earlier.


 
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University of Texas Kicks Off Multi-Year System-Wide Sexual Assault Study

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:30pm

The study will also dig into stalking and dating violence.

The El Paso times reports:

University of Texas launches system-wide study on sexual assault

The University of Texas System is launching a multiyear study of sexual assault and dating violence on its campuses, including the University of Texas at El Paso.

The effort aims to understand the scope of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and harassment at all campuses and to improve services and responses to such crimes, officials said.

“All of this information we hope is going to help inform practice, to help us determine what each campus in our system can do to support victims and (develop) prevention strategies,” said Wanda Mercer, UT System associate vice chancellor for student affairs.

The $1.7 million study will include a survey on the prevalence and rate of such violence on campuses; an in-depth, multiyear study at UT-Austin; and a two-year study on the services, training and impact of such violence at three campuses, including El Paso.

“The purpose of the survey is really to look at the culture of the campus and, for us, what can we do better?” UTEP Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Catie McCorry- Andalis said. “Any time that you can go in and assess activity, it’s a win-win for how you can improve your services.”


 
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Donald Trump Faces Lawsuits Over Now Defunct ‘Trump University’

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00pm

It looks like there’s more publicity and trouble for Trump on the horizon.

CNN reports.

Donald Trump still battling lawsuits from defunct Trump University

Presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again!” Before he can do that, he has to answer to allegations that his now-defunct Trump University was a scam.

Trump is involved in two lawsuits brought by former students and one by the New York Attorney General.

The Donald is expected to be questioned under oath next month in a class action lawsuit brought by Art Cohen, who spent more than $36,000 on the Trump programs. Cohen’s suit alleges that Trump University failed to deliver on its promises to provide a premier education.

Trump University, launched in 2005, promised to teach students the mogul’s investing techniques to get rich on real estate. But the suit claims the teachers were not professors hand-picked by Trump as advertised, but rather independent contractors paid commissions for sales of the seminars and products.

The suit also alleges that the University would “upsell” students in its initial free seminar to buy a $1,495 “one year apprenticeship” — which was effectively a three-day seminar. Then if they bought that, the teachers would upsell them again to buy “mentorships” at a cost of $10,000 and up. The most expensive, the Gold Elite program, cost $35,000.

“Even then, after investing nearly $36,500, students still do not receive Defendant Trump’s ‘secrets’ they were promised, but are constantly subjected to upsell of additional Live Events, products and books,” the Cohen suit said.


 
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U. of California Tables Anti-Semitism Definition Debate in Favor of Discussion of “Tolerance”

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3:30pm

Another win for the pro-BDS crowd on college campuses.

A debate urging the adoption of the the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism has been squashed in favor of a broader discussion on tolerance at the University of California.

This is Salon’s side of the story:

A win for activists in University of California’s...

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College Loses $1.5 Million Bequest Over Poor Treatment of Nobel scientist

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2:00pm

The gift was part of a donor’s will but he recently cut it over the Tim Hunt controversy.

Dave Huber reports at the College Fix.

College cut out of over $1.5 million in donor’s will due to treatment of Nobel scientist Tim Hunt

A alumnus of University College London h...

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University of Delaware Has a Due Process Problem

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:30pm

Why do so many institutions of higher education seem to have this problem?

The FIRE blog reports.

Due Process Duly Unavailable at UD

This month, the University of Delaware (UD) changed its sexual misconduct procedures from a full hearing to a one-on-one investigation by a “trained professional,”...

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Prof Claims Scientists Investigating Arctic Ice May Have Been Assassinated

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:00am

This sounds like something out of a movie but it’s a real story from the Telegraph UK.

Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims

A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space...

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College Costs Grow Due to Professors Not Retiring

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 9:30am

Traditional retirements are now unusual among professors.

Press-Citizen reports.

Colleges face growing costs from ‘reluctant retirees’

Having worked 35 years at the University of Iowa, Betsy Altmaier was absolutely “ready for a new environment” on May 15, her last day as a professor.

With changes on the horizon in her field and college, Altmaier decided...

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Audience Nearly Empty at DNC Event for College Democrats

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 8:00am

This is a pretty bad sign for the Democratic Party in 2016.

Mariana Barillas reports at Campus Reform.

DNC speaks to empty College Democrat event

Emphasizing the importance of Millennial voters in upcoming elections, progressive activists spoke to a nearly empty auditorium at the College Democrats of America annual conference on Friday.

Despite offering a...

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Wabash College Works to Improve Minority Graduation Rates

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:30pm

A summer immersion program targeting minority, first-generation students is attempting to improve retention and graduation rates.

The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports:

Wabash College gives minority students ‘head start’

While driving around Crawfordsville during a recent visit to Wabash College, Byshup Rhodes noticed the Confederate flags hoisted above porches and displayed in windows.

“You see...

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Employees at Northern Illinois University Forming Union

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 3:30pm

Just what academia needs. More unions.

The Daily Chronicle reports.

Northern Illinois University workers forming union

A group of 645 Northern Illinois University workers have signed petitions to unionize.

The move follows what many in the group of clerical, paraprofessional, technical and administrative employees lament as years of working without pay increases.

The workers are organizing...

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Spelman College Terminates Professorship Endowed by Bill Cosby

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2:00pm

Yet another college moves to disassociate itself from Bill Cosby.

CNN reports:

Spelman College discontinues professorship funded by Cosbys

Atlanta (CNN)Spelman College, a historically black women’s school in Atlanta, has officially terminated a professorship endowed by actor Bill Cosby and his wife Camille.

While the university did not cite a reason, the move comes one...

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Do You Want to Follow Your Kids’ Grades Online?

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 12:30pm

You can imagine some parents getting carried away with this.

Dave Huber reported at the College Fix.

Keeping on top of your kids’ grades online: boon or bane?

Another school year is right around the corner, and school districts and colleges across the country seek to improve communication between teachers/professors and parents/students.

A few days...

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West Virginia University is Hiring a ‘Wikipedian in Residence’

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 11:00am

Academics are now embracing Wikipedia.

USA Today reports.

West Virginia University to hire ‘Wikipedian in residence’

West Virginia University will aim to close Wikipedia’s gender gap during the upcoming fall semester by hiring a “Wikipedian in residence.”

The one-year position — made possible by a $27,100 grant from the Wikimedia Foundation to the WVU libraries...

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U. Toledo Launches First Undergraduate Major in Disability Studies

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 9:30am

In the future, someone will introduce a studies studies major.

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed reported.

Milestone for Disability Studies

The University of Toledo is starting the nation’s first full undergraduate major in disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that already has considerable scholarly interest and graduate options.

A generation or two ago, students...

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It’s College Ranking Season

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 8:00am

Time for the new rankings!

Forbes reports.

College Ranking Season Is Upon Us

The 2016 Trend Topper MediaBuzz of the Top 419 College Brands, 10th Edition has come out, and under Methodology, one reads: “For this analysis, the Global Language Monitor used its proprietary Brand Affiliation Index (BAI), the same technology used to measure...

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Cancer Patient Greeted by College Marching Band After Last Treatment

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Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 5:30pm

Here’s your feel good story for the weekend.

Fox News reports:

Marching band accompanies cancer patient out of last treatment

A video of a cancer patient being escorted out of her last chemotherapy treatment by a college marching band has gone viral.

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Columbia College Gets $5 Million Gift for Entrepreneurship Program

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Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3:30pm

Higher education could probably use more programs like this one.

WACH reported.

Columbia College receives $5M gift to promote entrepreneurs

Columbia College has been given a $5 million donation to launch an entrepreneurship program.

The State of Columbia reports that college officials on Thursday announced that the gift from Bob and Janice McNair will pay...

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124 Colleges Under Investigation for Their Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

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Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2:00pm

The Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office is going to be very busy.

The Huffington Post reports:

124 Colleges, 40 School Districts Under Investigation For Handling Of Sexual Assault

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating 124 colleges and universities and 40 elementary and secondary schools over how they have...

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Censored Student Journalists Launch Indie Newspaper

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Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 12:30pm

You have to admire the tenacity of these young people.

Claire Torstenbo reported at the College Fix.

Student journalists launch indie newspaper while their censorship lawsuit plays out

Administrators harassing you? Try GoFundMe

Iowa student journalists who sued their college in May, for letting faculty and staff “intimidate and harass” them owing to their news...

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Are There Simply Too Many Colleges?

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Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:00am

Should there be a commission to recommend colleges for closure?

National Review reports.

Too Many Colleges?

Yikes, let’s not do more central planning.

I respect Jeff Selingo, a former editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education, partly because he sees the potential for disruptive technology in higher education. (His book College (Un)Bound: The Future of...

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Valdosta State U. Settles Free Speech Case With Student for $900K

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Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9:30am

This is a case that took eight years to play out. Now it’s paying out.

The FIRE blog reported.

Eight Years After Student’s Unjust Expulsion from Valdosta State U., $900K Settlement Ends ‘Barnes v. Zaccari’

ATLANTA, July 23, 2015—Today, more than eight years after his unjust expulsion, student Hayden Barnes’ federal civil rights lawsuit...

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High Schools Are Getting Rid of Class Ranking

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Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 8:00am

This information will no longer be available for admission officers.

The Washington Post reports.

High schools are doing away with class rank. What does that mean for college admissions?

For many of the same reasons that some high schools now allow multiple valedictorians, many are doing away with rank, making it secret or changing...

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University of Texas Kicks Off Multi-Year System-Wide Sexual Assault Study

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:30pm

The study will also dig into stalking and dating violence.

The El Paso times reports:

University of Texas launches system-wide study on sexual assault

The University of Texas System is launching a multiyear study of sexual assault and dating violence on its campuses, including the University of Texas at El Paso.

The effort aims to understand the scope of sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and harassment at all campuses and to improve services and responses to such crimes, officials said.

“All of this information we hope is going to help inform practice, to help us determine what each campus in our system can do to support victims and (develop) prevention strategies,” said Wanda Mercer, UT System associate vice chancellor for student affairs.

The $1.7 million study will include a survey on the prevalence and rate of such violence on campuses; an in-depth, multiyear study at UT-Austin; and a two-year study on the services, training and impact of such violence at three campuses, including El Paso.

“The purpose of the survey is really to look at the culture of the campus and, for us, what can we do better?” UTEP Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Catie McCorry- Andalis said. “Any time that you can go in and assess activity, it’s a win-win for how you can improve your services.”


 
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Donald Trump Faces Lawsuits Over Now Defunct ‘Trump University’

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00pm

It looks like there’s more publicity and trouble for Trump on the horizon.

CNN reports.

Donald Trump still battling lawsuits from defunct Trump University

Presidential candidate Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again!” Before he can do that, he has to answer to allegations that his now-defunct Trump University was a scam.

Trump is involved in two lawsuits brought by former students and one by the New York Attorney General.

The Donald is expected to be questioned under oath next month in a class action lawsuit brought by Art Cohen, who spent more than $36,000 on the Trump programs. Cohen’s suit alleges that Trump University failed to deliver on its promises to provide a premier education.

Trump University, launched in 2005, promised to teach students the mogul’s investing techniques to get rich on real estate. But the suit claims the teachers were not professors hand-picked by Trump as advertised, but rather independent contractors paid commissions for sales of the seminars and products.

The suit also alleges that the University would “upsell” students in its initial free seminar to buy a $1,495 “one year apprenticeship” — which was effectively a three-day seminar. Then if they bought that, the teachers would upsell them again to buy “mentorships” at a cost of $10,000 and up. The most expensive, the Gold Elite program, cost $35,000.

“Even then, after investing nearly $36,500, students still do not receive Defendant Trump’s ‘secrets’ they were promised, but are constantly subjected to upsell of additional Live Events, products and books,” the Cohen suit said.


 
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U. of California Tables Anti-Semitism Definition Debate in Favor of Discussion of “Tolerance”

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 3:30pm

Another win for the pro-BDS crowd on college campuses.

A debate urging the adoption of the the State Department’s definition of anti-Semitism has been squashed in favor of a broader discussion on tolerance at the University of California.

This is Salon’s side of the story:

A win for activists in University of California’s...

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College Loses $1.5 Million Bequest Over Poor Treatment of Nobel scientist

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 2:00pm

The gift was part of a donor’s will but he recently cut it over the Tim Hunt controversy.

Dave Huber reports at the College Fix.

College cut out of over $1.5 million in donor’s will due to treatment of Nobel scientist Tim Hunt

A alumnus of University College London h...

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University of Delaware Has a Due Process Problem

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 12:30pm

Why do so many institutions of higher education seem to have this problem?

The FIRE blog reports.

Due Process Duly Unavailable at UD

This month, the University of Delaware (UD) changed its sexual misconduct procedures from a full hearing to a one-on-one investigation by a “trained professional,”...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

Prof Claims Scientists Investigating Arctic Ice May Have Been Assassinated

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 11:00am

This sounds like something out of a movie but it’s a real story from the Telegraph UK.

Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims

A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated within the space...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

College Costs Grow Due to Professors Not Retiring

Comments
Permalink
Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 9:30am

Traditional retirements are now unusual among professors.

Press-Citizen reports.

Colleges face growing costs from ‘reluctant retirees’

Having worked 35 years at the University of Iowa, Betsy Altmaier was absolutely “ready for a new environment” on May 15, her last day as a professor.

With changes on the horizon in her field and college, Altmaier decided...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

Audience Nearly Empty at DNC Event for College Democrats

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Posted by    Monday, July 27, 2015 at 8:00am

This is a pretty bad sign for the Democratic Party in 2016.

Mariana Barillas reports at Campus Reform.

DNC speaks to empty College Democrat event

Emphasizing the importance of Millennial voters in upcoming elections, progressive activists spoke to a nearly empty auditorium at the College Democrats of America annual conference on Friday.

Despite offering a...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

Wabash College Works to Improve Minority Graduation Rates

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Permalink
Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:30pm

A summer immersion program targeting minority, first-generation students is attempting to improve retention and graduation rates.

The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports:

Wabash College gives minority students ‘head start’

While driving around Crawfordsville during a recent visit to Wabash College, Byshup Rhodes noticed the Confederate flags hoisted above porches and displayed in windows.

“You see...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

Employees at Northern Illinois University Forming Union

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 3:30pm

Just what academia needs. More unions.

The Daily Chronicle reports.

Northern Illinois University workers forming union

A group of 645 Northern Illinois University workers have signed petitions to unionize.

The move follows what many in the group of clerical, paraprofessional, technical and administrative employees lament as years of working without pay increases.

The workers are organizing...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

Spelman College Terminates Professorship Endowed by Bill Cosby

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 2:00pm

Yet another college moves to disassociate itself from Bill Cosby.

CNN reports:

Spelman College discontinues professorship funded by Cosbys

Atlanta (CNN)Spelman College, a historically black women’s school in Atlanta, has officially terminated a professorship endowed by actor Bill Cosby and his wife Camille.

While the university did not cite a reason, the move comes one...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

Do You Want to Follow Your Kids’ Grades Online?

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Permalink
Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 12:30pm

You can imagine some parents getting carried away with this.

Dave Huber reported at the College Fix.

Keeping on top of your kids’ grades online: boon or bane?

Another school year is right around the corner, and school districts and colleges across the country seek to improve communication between teachers/professors and parents/students.

A few days...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

West Virginia University is Hiring a ‘Wikipedian in Residence’

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Permalink
Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 11:00am

Academics are now embracing Wikipedia.

USA Today reports.

West Virginia University to hire ‘Wikipedian in residence’

West Virginia University will aim to close Wikipedia’s gender gap during the upcoming fall semester by hiring a “Wikipedian in residence.”

The one-year position — made possible by a $27,100 grant from the Wikimedia Foundation to the WVU libraries...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

U. Toledo Launches First Undergraduate Major in Disability Studies

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Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 9:30am

In the future, someone will introduce a studies studies major.

Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Ed reported.

Milestone for Disability Studies

The University of Toledo is starting the nation’s first full undergraduate major in disability studies, an interdisciplinary field that already has considerable scholarly interest and graduate options.

A generation or two ago, students...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

It’s College Ranking Season

Comments
Permalink
Posted by    Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 8:00am

Time for the new rankings!

Forbes reports.

College Ranking Season Is Upon Us

The 2016 Trend Topper MediaBuzz of the Top 419 College Brands, 10th Edition has come out, and under Methodology, one reads: “For this analysis, the Global Language Monitor used its proprietary Brand Affiliation Index (BAI), the same technology used to measure...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

Cancer Patient Greeted by College Marching Band After Last Treatment

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Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 5:30pm

Here’s your feel good story for the weekend.

Fox News reports:

Marching band accompanies cancer patient out of last treatment

A video of a cancer patient being escorted out of her last chemotherapy treatment by a college marching band has gone viral.

Read More...
 
 
 
 

Columbia College Gets $5 Million Gift for Entrepreneurship Program

Comments
Permalink
Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 3:30pm

Higher education could probably use more programs like this one.

WACH reported.

Columbia College receives $5M gift to promote entrepreneurs

Columbia College has been given a $5 million donation to launch an entrepreneurship program.

The State of Columbia reports that college officials on Thursday announced that the gift from Bob and Janice McNair will pay...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

124 Colleges Under Investigation for Their Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Comments
Permalink
Posted by    Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2:00pm

The Department of Education’s Civil Rights Office is going to be very busy.

The Huffington Post reports:

124 Colleges, 40 School Districts Under Investigation For Handling Of Sexual Assault

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating 124 colleges and universities and 40 elementary and secondary schools over how they have...

Read More...
 
 
 
 

Censored Student Journalists Launch Indie Newspaper

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