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ACT Scores Remain Flat as More Students Express Interest in CollegeOpen in a New Window

Report: “The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2014″

Organization: ACT

Summary: The share of high-school students who are taking the ACT exams continues to grow — 57 percent of the 2014 high school graduates, compared with 54 percent in 2013 and about 39 percent in 2010.

But the percentage who are ready for college remains about the same, according to the testing company’s latest reports. Just 26 percent of those who took the test met all four of its college-readiness benchmarks. Those s...

 

U.S. Charges Kent State With Housing Bias for Refusing Student’s Therapy DogOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday charged Kent State University and four of its employees with housing discrimination for refusing to allow a student to keep a therapy dog in her campus apartment, the Plain Dealer reported.

The department said in a news release that the charges stemmed from complaints filed by a Kent State student and her husband and a fair-housing advocacy group. The student suffered from “panic disorder and anxiety,” and a university psychologist ...

 

Johns Hopkins Ends Partnership With Malaysian UniversityOpen in a New Window

The Johns Hopkins University has ended its partnership with a Malaysian university’s graduate school of medicine in an apparent dispute over late payments, University World News reports.

The medical school at Johns Hopkins had provided services to Perdana University’s parent company, Academic Medical Centre, to help develop a private teaching hospital and a medical school with an American-style curriculum. But Johns Hopkins officials said they had ended the relationship, citing chronic late p...

 

Lebanon College, in New Hampshire, Considers ClosingOpen in a New Window

Lebanon College, a private, two-year institution in Lebanon, N.H., has canceled all of its classes for the fall semester in what its president said was probably the first step toward closing, the Valley News reported.

The chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees said enrollment this fall had fallen far short of what the board had expected. Lebanon also has faced financial troubles.

Ronald E. Biron, the president, said that without a substantial increase in enrollment, the cancellation of fall...

 

College Trustees Are Urged to Be More Active in GovernanceOpen in a New Window

A group of 22 individuals that includes college presidents, business leaders, academics, and others has signed on to a report calling on trustees to take a more active role in college governance.

The report, “Governance for a New Era: A Blueprint for Higher Education Trustees,” was released on Tuesday by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. It stemmed from a project led by Benno Schmidt, chairman of the City University of New York’s Board of Trustees and a former president of Yale Univ...

 

MLA and Other Groups Urge U. of Illinois to Rethink Decision Not to Hire Critic of IsraelOpen in a New Window

The leaders of the Modern Language Association and other scholarly groups have added their voices to the chorus of academics calling on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to reconsider its decision not to hire a professor who has drawn scrutiny for his harsh criticisms of Israel.

Steven G. Salaita had been offered a job as a tenured professor of American Indian studies, but his appointment was subject to approval by the university’s Board of Trustees. The university told Mr. Salait...

 

Judge Approves Corcoran’s Controversial Merger PlanOpen in a New Window

A District of Columbia judge has approved the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s controversial plan to merge with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University, The Washington Post reports.

The gallery is affiliated with the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Judge Robert Okun, of the D.C. Superior Court, had ruled last month that a group of students and faculty members who opposed the merger had standing to argue against it. But on Monday he approved the merger, ruling that the plan was th...

 

Morgan State U. Settles Beating Lawsuit for $185,000Open in a New Window

Morgan State University will pay $185,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that it failed to protect a Baltimore man who was badly beaten by an electrical-engineering student who later told the police that he had killed and cannibalized another man, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The student, Alexander Kinyua, pleaded guilty in the beating and the murder but was found not criminally responsible for either offense. He was committed to a psychiatric facility for treatment.

Lawyers for the university soug...

 

Westfield State U. Gets a Bill for a Car Rental by Its Ex-PresidentOpen in a New Window

(Updated, 9:36 p.m., with the response from the former president’s lawyer and other editing changes.)

Near the end of his tenure as president of Westfield State University, Evan S. Dobelle was dogged by sharp criticism of his spending practices. On Monday The Republican, a Massachusetts newspaper, called attention to a new charge that Mr. Dobelle appeared to have billed to the university for a car rental in July, months after he resigned as Westfield State’s president.

But the $273.48 bill from...

 

Financial Questions Persist at Burlington CollegeOpen in a New Window

Burlington College, in Vermont, faces continued questions about its financial health as tensions have arisen over its leadership, the Burlington Free Press reports.

The college’s president, Christine Plunkett, has endured no-confidences votes from the student union and the faculty/staff council. Those votes, she told the newspaper, reflect tensions that are common to institutions facing financial challenges. Faculty members’ concerns are understandable, she added.

Burlington’s finances would b...

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