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Below is a news feed from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s "The Ticker” blog, providing breaking news in higher education.  Fresh content is pulled from the feed at 15 minute intervals.

College Athletics Group Will No Longer Require 3 Years of U.S. High School for AthletesOpen in a New Window

The association that governs athletics at hundreds of junior and two-year colleges nationwide will drop a rule that limited athletic eligibility primarily to those who had attended three years of high school in the United States, the Times Union reports. The National Junior College Athletic Association's rule change follows an agreement with New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, who argued that the rule discriminated against foreign-born students. In a statement on its website, the association said its governing board had "found that these bylaws are inconsistent with the association’s mission and detracts from the organization’s goal of promoting healthy and fair competition." The association has 525 member colleges across the country.

Though it will not save your bracket, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached an agreement with the National Junior College Athletic Association to eliminate an eligibility rule that limited participation in its member colleges' athletic programs to students who attended at least three years of high school in the United States - a rule that Schneiderman argued discriminated against many students of foreign origin.

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Prosecutors Probe Claims of Financial Impropriety by Top Brass at College of DuPageOpen in a New Window

Prosecutors are investigating the College of DuPage’s finances following multiple reports of improper spending, the Chicago Tribune reports. The community college in Illinois has received two grand-jury subpoenas as part of the investigation, which is being conducted by the DuPage County state’s attorney, Robert Berlin.

Among the many recent controversies surrounding the college:


Spelman College Looks to New York for Its New PresidentOpen in a New Window

Spelman College, the women’s college in Atlanta, has appointed a new president: Mary Schmidt Campbell, an art historian who is a former leader of the Studio Art Museum in Harlem and was dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for nearly a quarter-century.

Spelman’s Board of Trustees voted on Saturday to elect Ms. Campbell to lead the historically black college, succeeding Beverly Daniel Tatum, who is retiring from that post after more than 13 years.

Ms. Campbell, who is 67 an...


Citing Hazing, St. Olaf College Cancels Baseball SeasonOpen in a New Window

St. Olaf College on Friday canceled the remainder of its baseball season, saying that players had violated a prohibition on hazing, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. College officials said the hazing had involved most of the team's members and had taken place in late February. In addition to underage drinking, the hazing included "ridicule, harassment, and public displays of servitude." College officials said in a news release that they had learned about the hazing through Yik Yak, a social-media app.

The college said the team members were not honest about what happened. “Violations were compounded by an orchestrated attempt to deceive college officials and the outside investigator and prevent them from learning what had happened,” the release said.

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Former Student Is Charged in Noose Incident at U. of MississippiOpen in a New Window

Federal prosecutors filed civil-rights charges on Friday against a former University of Mississippi student who they say hung a noose and a Confederate flag around a campus statue of James Meredith, who became the university’s first black student, in 1962.

Graeme Phillip Harris was charged with one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students because of their race or color, according to a news release from the U.S. ...


Oklahoma Fraternity Learned Racist Chant on Cruise Sponsored by National GroupOpen in a New Window

Members of the University of Oklahoma fraternity caught on video this month singing a racist chant learned it four years ago on a cruise organized by their national organization, the college’s president, David L. Boren, said on Friday. The chant was then “institutionalized” within the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter and taught to new members as part of the pledging process, Mr. Boren said.

That was the key finding of the university’s investigation into the origins of the chant, the results of which ...


Provost of U. of Texas Flagship Will Be Promoted to PresidentOpen in a New Window

[Updated (3/27/2015, 12:42 p.m.) with the tally of the Board of Regents' vote.]

Gregory L. Fenves, provost of the University of Texas at Austin, will be the institution’s next president. The university system’s Board of Regents voted on Friday to name Mr. Fenves the sole finalist for the presidency, the system announced in a written statement.

Mr. Fenves has been provost and executive vice president since 2013, and previously served five years as dean of the flagship’s Cockrell School of Enginee...


Ohio U. Faculty Objects to $1.2-Million Purchase of House for PresidentOpen in a New Window

Faculty members at Ohio University have objected to the $1.2-million purchase of a new residence for the institution’s president, The Athens Messenger reports. More than 80 professors wrote an open letter calling the Ohio University Foundation’s purchase a “poor use” of money.

“At a time when student debt is spinning out of control, and the funding of higher education is in crisis … it makes no sense to undertake such lavish expenditure,” the letter states.

The current residence of the president...


Duke Investigates Reports of Racist Speech on Its CampusOpen in a New Window

Duke University is investigating a student’s recent report of racist speech on the campus, The News & Observer reports, citing a message to the campus on Thursday by the university’s president, Richard H. Brodhead.

A university spokesman, Michael Schoenfeld, told the newspaper that the student reported hearing another student in a group making racist comments on Sunday morning on Duke’s East Campus.

A group calling itself the Duke People of Color Caucus provided what it said were further details...


Faculty Critic of NYU’s Role in Abu Dhabi Is Target of Secret InvestigationOpen in a New Window

Andrew Ross, a faculty member at New York University who has been a sharp critic of the abuse of migrant workers in the construction of its campus in the United Arab Emirates, is the target of a mysterious investigation, The New York Times reports. An investigator has been seeking out “people to comment negatively” about him, the Times says, but has refused to disclose who hired her.

The investigation has also taken aim at a reporter, Ariel Kaminer, who co-wrote an article for the Times about th...

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