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Louisiana State U. Faculty Censures Administrators for Firing Profanity-Prone ProfessorOpen in a New Window

Louisiana State University’s Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to censure three top administrators there over their dismissal of a tenured professor accused of creating a hostile environment in the classroom with obscene language and sexually explicit jokes.

The Faculty Senate voted, 39 to 5, to censure F. King Alexander, the university’s president; Stuart R. Bell, its provost; and Damon Andrew, the dean of its College of Human Sciences and Education, for the June dismissal of Ter...


Irascible Student’s Demands for ‘Mac and Cheese’ Prompt Arrest and Viral VideoOpen in a New Window

A University of Connecticut student caught on camera subjecting Student Union staff members to a profanity-laced rant demanding “bacon jalapeño mac and cheese” was arrested on Monday night, The Hartford Courant reports. The newspaper says the 19-year-old student, whose Monday-night tirade has drawn more than 70,000 views on YouTube, was charged with criminal trespass and second-degree breach of peace.

In the video (below) the apparently intoxicated student responds to the staff members’ refusal ...


Quality of Peers and Ease of Transfer Are Key Factors in Graduation RatesOpen in a New Window

Report: “A New Measure of College Quality to Study the Effects of College Sector and Peers on Degree Attainment”

Authors: Jonathan Smith, policy research scientist at the College Board, and Kevin Stange, assistant professor of public policy at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Organization: National Bureau of Economic Research

Summary: Recent high-school graduates who start their higher education at community colleges are far less likely to earn bachelor’s degrees within six years than are...


State Student Aid Ticks Up in Latest SurveyOpen in a New Window

Report: “45th Annual Survey Report on State-Sponsored Student Financial Aid”

Organization: National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs

Summary: This survey of aid programs for the 2013-14 academic year found the amount states awarded to students increased by 1.6 percent, adjusted for inflation, to $11.7 billion, compared with $11.2 billion awarded the previous year.

Seventy-five percent of the undergraduate grant aid awarded by states was based fully or partly on need, which wa...


Clinton Rips Free-College Proposals as Benefiting ‘Donald Trump’s Kids’Open in a New Window

Speaking at a town-hall event in New Hampshire on Monday, the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she was “not in favor of making college free for Donald Trump’s kids.”

The remarks, which appeared live on NBC’s Today show, served as a rebuke to both Mr. Trump, the billionaire and Republican presidential candidate, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, her chief rival in the early stages of the quest for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Mr. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermo...


United Negro College Fund Receives $50-Million Gift for Career DevelopmentOpen in a New Window

The Lilly Endowment will donate $50 million to the United Negro College Fund to aid career development at historically black colleges and other colleges with high African-American enrollment, The Washington Post reports.

The money will provide grants for nearly 30 institutions, with intent to build career paths using tailored curriculum, faculty support, and valuable work experiences before graduation. More than 87 institutions will be eligible for the grants.

While the need for career-developme...


U. of Louisville Is Said to Have Plied Basketball Recruits With Wine and WomenOpen in a New Window

A top athletics official at the University of Louisville paid strippers and prostitutes to provide sexual services to prime recruits for the men’s basketball team in hopes of persuading them to enroll, according to a forthcoming book described on Friday in the Indianapolis Business Journal.

The book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen, is by Katina Powell, a stripper and escort in Louisville who describes her experiences, citing hundreds of journal entries and thousands of ...


Tracking the 2015 Nobel Prize WinnersOpen in a New Window

The 2015 Nobel Prizes are being announced this week. Keep track of the winners here as they are revealed.

Physiology or Medicine: Half of this prize was awarded to Youyou Tu, a scientist affiliated with the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. The other half was awarded jointly to William C. Campbell, a biochemist and research fellow emeritus at Drew University, in New Jersey, and Satoshi Omura, a professor emeritus at Kitasato University, in Japan. The three were honored for their discove...


Laureate Education Will File for Initial Public Offering and Adopt New ModelOpen in a New Window

Laureate Education Inc., one of the largest for-profit education companies in the world, announced on Friday it would file for an initial public offering. The company also announced it had converted itself into a public-benefit corporation, a model that commits a company to providing public service as well as earning profits.

In a statement on Friday, Laureate said it would be the largest company to become a public-benefit corporation. “For a long time, we didn’t have an easy way to explain the ...


Here Are the Best Videos of Arne Duncan Playing BasketballOpen in a New Window

Arne Duncan, who announced on Friday he was stepping down as education secretary, has been one of the leading voices on higher-education policy for nearly a decade. But much of America most likely knows him not for his views on student-loan servicing but for being the biggest basketball devotee in the U.S. cabinet.

Well, maybe the second-biggest.

Mr. Duncan and President Obama have played pickup basketball together since the 1990s, keeping up the habit throughout Mr. Obama’s presidency. And whil...

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