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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.

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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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A British Teen Has Been Accused of Plotting to Commit a College Massacre

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Posted by    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 6:30pm

“You ruined my whole life … I will teach you a little lesson on respect with my 9mm hollow points.”

ABC News reports:

British Teen Accused of Plot to Commit College Massacre

A British teenager planned a gun and bomb attack on a college that had kicked him out for bad behavior, a prosecutor...

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Some Colleges in Boston Aren’t Paying for Basic City Services

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Posted by    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 5:00pm

Haven’t these schools heard that we all have to pay our fair share?

Eric Owens reports at the Daily Caller.

HAPPY MISERS! Colleges Across Boston Refuse To Pay For Basic City Services

A bunch of fancypants colleges and universities in Boston blatantly fail to pay voluntary fees for essential services provided by the taxpayers,...

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College of DuPage Dismantles Controversial Wall That Cost $220,000

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Posted by    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 3:30pm

Installed last year, this painted, theme wall has met its demise as part of sweeping reforms. Apparently, it’s symbolic of “old culture.”

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Amid reform at College of DuPage, controversial $220,000 wall comes down

Until recently, visitors to the College of DuPage president’s office passed through a wood-paneled hallway with displays...

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Obama’s College Ratings Plan is Finished

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Posted by    Friday, July 24, 2015 at 2:00pm

It wasn’t a very good plan anyway. Now it’s not going to happen.

The LA Times reported.

College ratings system proposed by Obama is scrapped

Nearly two years ago, President Obama proposed a federal system to rate the nation’s colleges and universities, one that would provide families with an objective and unified tool to...

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