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Professor Quits U. of New Mexico Over Its Award to GovernorOpen in a New Window

A faculty member at the University of New Mexico’s law school said she would cut ties with the institution in protest against a decision by its president to honor the governor little more than a week before the election, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The professor, Maureen A. Sanders, worked full time for 10 years and now teaches as an adjunct faculty member. She is also a longtime donor to the university.

She said she was troubled by President Robert G. Frank’s choice to select Gov. Susana...


Virginia State U. President Will Resign Following Student ProtestsOpen in a New Window

In the wake of protests of declining enrollment and cuts in campus services, the president of Virginia State University, Keith T. Miller, will resign at the end of December, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The announcement followed a three-hour, closed-session meeting of the historically black university’s Board of Visitors. Harry Black, the board’s rector, reported the change, saying the college “should move in another direction strategically.”

One month ago, students gathered to protest b...


Embattled Athletic Director Is Out at U. of MichiganOpen in a New Window

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor has announced that David Brandon, the embattled athletic director whose job has been on thin ice for months, will resign, according to news-media reports. The university’s president, Mark S. Schlissel, made the announcement at a news conference on Friday afternoon.

The Detroit Free Press reports that questions over Mr. Brandon’s job security have stemmed, in part, from a strained relationship with the university’s Board of Regents. Before he was appointed ...


Pa. University Cancels Football Game After 5 Players Are ArrestedOpen in a New Window

California University of Pennsylvania has canceled Saturday’s home football game and suspended five players from the university after the players were arrested and charged in connection with an incident that the institution suggested involved violence, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The university did not identify the players, nor did it release details about the incident. It said the Vulcans’ home football game on Saturday against Gannon University had been called off.

Geraldine M. Jones...


Which Marvel Superhero Could Run a University?Open in a New Window

Marvel Comics this week announced a new slate of superhero movies to be released over the next several years. You’ve got plenty of time to decide which ones you’ll see, so in the meantime let’s address the question on everyone’s mind: Which Marvel character would make the best college president? Let’s limit the search to all nonmutants who have starred or will star in a Marvel movie.

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Right off the bat, you can count out Robert B. Banner, otherwise known as the Hulk. While Mr. Banner has three P...


College Admits Error for Disciplining Professor for ‘Game of Thrones’ PhotoOpen in a New Window

A community college has admitted that it may have violated a professor’s constitutional rights when it suspended him for posting a photograph of a shirt featuring a quotation from the popular HBO television series Game of Thrones, reports The Record, a New Jersey newspaper.

Bergen Community College suspended Francis Schmidt, an art and animation professor, after he posted the photo, which shows his daughter, on Google+ in January. The quote on her T-shirt—“I will take what is mine with fire & bl...


Charges Are Dropped Against Fired Employees at UNC-GreensboroOpen in a New Window

Prosecutors have agreed to drop felony charges against three former employees of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who were fired for allegedly using university equipment to operate a freelance photography business. The firings sparked faculty unrest over the treatment of the three, who worked in university relations. Two photographers, Chris English and David Wilson, will see their charges dropped in six months if they each pay restitution to the university and complete 40 hours of community service. Lyda Carpen, who supervised them, saw all charges against her dropped.

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What the Wonks Are Saying About the Final Gainful-Employment RuleOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education released the full text of its final gainful-employment rule on Thursday morning, and it’s a big one, weighing in at 945 pages. But sheer volume has never been enough to discourage the most devoted of higher-education observers: the diehard policy wonks, who took to Twitter with observations and analysis.

The biggest change, as The Chronicle’s Kelly Field noted, is the elimination of cohort default rates as a measure that career-education programs will be subject ...


SAT Scores Are Delayed in South Korea and China Amid Cheating InvestigationOpen in a New Window

The Educational Testing Service said it would delay reporting SAT scores for tests taken this month by South Korean and Chinese students, amid allegations that “organizations that seek to illegally obtain test materials for their own profit" had compromised the integrity of the college-admission test, The New York Times reported. ETS told the Times that it expected to be able to complete its investigation and to release the scores by mid-November, allowing test-takers to cite them on early applications.

Tom Ewing, a spokesman for the Educational Testing Service, said scores were being withheld based on the nations where students lived, not where they took the exam. The SAT is not administered in China, except at a few private schools, and each year thousands of Chinese students travel to other parts of Asia to take the exam.

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Alleging Decades of Bias, Supporters of HBCU Sue for FundsOpen in a New Window

Students and alumni of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania have restarted a decades-old lawsuit against the state and federal governments, asserting that the historically black institution has been inadequately funded, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The group, named “Heeding Cheyney’s Call,” argues that the university needs more money than the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s other 13 institutions because of decades of systematic discrimination. The group says Cheyney’s enrollm...

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