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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.

NCAA Rules Baruch College Lacked Institutional ControlOpen in a New Window

Baruch College of the City University of New York lacked institutional control over its athletics program when two staff members gave 30 athletes impermissible student aid and benefits over five years, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said in a news release on Thursday.

The staff members handed out a total of $255,097 in impermissible financial aid and benefits.

The release also said a vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and a head coach of women’s basketball...


U. of Tennessee Medical Students Will No Longer Train on Live AnimalsOpen in a New Window

The University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center will no longer use live animals to train medical students, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said in a news release on Thursday.

The Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, the last American university to use live animals in training, will employ medical simulators in their place.

The John Hopkins University’s School of Medicine announced in May that it would stop teaching surgical techniques with live pigs.


South Carolina State Appoints New President After Interim ResignsOpen in a New Window

South Carolina State University, a historically black institution in Orangeburg, appointed James E. Clark, a member of its Board of Trustees, as president after W. Franklin Evans, who had been serving as interim president, resigned on Wednesday, according to a university statement.

Mr. Clark formerly worked as a vice president at AT&T and has served on the Board of Trustees at Benedict College, in Columbia, S.C., for 18 years, according to the statement. The university did not use a presidentia...


Education Dept. Releases Final Report on Corinthian Loan DischargeOpen in a New Window

The fourth and final “Borrower Defense Progress Report” was released on Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Education. It cites 26,603 claims for debt relief, of which 87 percent were from former students at the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges Inc., according to the agency. As of June 24, the report says, the department had approved more than 11,000 claims for student-debt relief, for a total of more than $170 million.

This is the last of four reports produced by a special master, Joseph A. Smit...


Nearly 1 Million Community-College Students Lack Access to Federal Student LoansOpen in a New Window

Nine percent of community-college students, or nearly one million people, attend institutions that don’t participate in the federal student-loan program, according to a study released on Wednesday by the Institute for College Access and Success.

According to the group’s latest report, some community colleges say they opt out of federal student loans to keep students from borrowing too much money. As a result, the report says, students feel pushed to take out more-expensive private loans or to re...


Long-Struggling Dowling College Is Told It Will Lose AccreditationOpen in a New Window

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education this week notified Dowling College that it would lose accreditation on August 31, Long Island Business News reported.

In a public-disclosure document, the commission said that it would withdraw the long-struggling private college’s accreditation after peer-evaluation reports, visits to the New York campus, and materials submitted by the college “failed to document that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance.” The commiss...


Kentucky Governor Reveals Nominees for New U. of Louisville BoardOpen in a New Window

Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky has announced his 10 nominees to a reconstituted Board of Trustees for the University of Louisville, The Courier-Journal reported on Wednesday.

The new board members were named two weeks after Mr. Bevin, a Republican, disbanded the university’s entire board and Louisville’s president announced plans to step down.

Mr. Bevin’s list includes one famous name, John H. Schnatter, better known as Papa John, the founder and chief executive of the Papa John’s Pizza chain. The ...


Judge Tosses Ex-Fraternity Members’ Defamation Suit Against ‘Rolling Stone’Open in a New Window

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine that had been brought by three former members of a fraternity at the University of Virginia, the Associated Press reported. The plaintiffs had sued the magazine over a 2014 article, since debunked, that described a gang rape at the campus’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house.

The accusation rocked the campus, but the police in Charlottesville, Va., said their investigation had found no evidence to corroborate th...


Hillary Clinton Proposes Student-Loan Deferments for EntrepreneursOpen in a New Window

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Tuesday proposed allowing entrepreneurs to defer making federal student-loan payments as a way to encourage them to create more jobs, the Associated Press reported.

Mrs. Clinton told an audience at a rally in Colorado that, under her proposal, entrepreneurs and their early employees would be able to defer payments on their loans for up to three years.

Also under the plan, graduates whose businesses provide social benefits could...


ACT Will Change Scoring Scale for Writing TestOpen in a New Window

The ACT plans to change the score range for the optional writing test on its college-entrance examination, the organization announced on Tuesday. Starting this fall, the writing test will be scored on a 2-to-12 scale. The writing test itself will not change, according to a news release.

Last year the ACT revised the writing test, and students began receiving results on the same 1-to-36 scale used on the multiple-choice exam. But the change caused confusion, ACT officials say. “Converting the ...

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