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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.


White House to Recruit College Men for Campaign Against Sexual AssaultOpen in a New Window

The White House will announce on Friday a nationwide effort to curb sexual assault on college campuses by encouraging men to intervene in cases of sexual violence, the Associated Press reports.

The program, called “It’s On Us,” will attempt to frame sexual assaults as the responsibility of all college students—but especially men—to prevent. It embraces a prominent tactic in the fight against campus rape: bystander intervention.

In January, President Obama promised a “coordinated federal response”...

 

Rutgers U. Apologizes for Fans’ Shirts That Made Light of Sandusky ScandalOpen in a New Window

Rutgers University's athletics director, Julie Hermann, apologized on Monday for what she called "the regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans" during Saturday's football game against Pennsylvania State University. Some Rutgers fans wore T-shirts with the words "Beat Ped State" on them, making light of the 2011 Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. Rutgers football published photographs of fans wearing the shirts on its Facebook and Twitter accounts. The photos were later removed. "I have spoken with and apologized to the Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour," Ms. Hermann said, "and I would like to apologize equally to the Penn State University fans, as well as Rutgers fans that were subjected to this classless display that does not represent the ethos of our university, athletic department, or fan base."

PISCATAWAY -- Rutgers athletics director Julie Hermann apologized to Penn State AD Sandy Barbour for what she called "regrettable actions of a handful of Rutgers fans'' who had offensive signage and t-shirts related to the Jerry Sandusky pedophile case that created a firestorm on the State College, Pa., campus three years ago.

Read more at: www.nj.com

 

State Student Aid Is Largely Flat, but Need-Based Assistance GrowsOpen in a New Window

Report: “44th 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 2012-13 academic year found that states awarded $11.2-billion to students, a drop of 0.6 percent adjusted for inflation when compared with the previous year. The total includes grants, loans, loan forgiveness, work-study, and tuition waivers.

Three-quarters of the undergraduate grant aid awarded by sta...

 

Venezuela’s President Lashes Out at Harvard EconomistOpen in a New Window

The president of Venezuela lashed out Thursday night at a Harvard economist for arguing that the country had racked up so much debt that it should consider defaulting, Bloomberg reports.

In a televised speech, Nicolas Maduro called Ricardo Hausmann a “financial hitman” and asked the country’s attorney general and public prosecutor to take “actions” against the Harvard professor. Mr. Hausmann responded on Friday by telling Bloomberg that the speech had been “the despotic diatribe of a tropical th...

 

Company Apologizes for Selling ‘Vintage’ Kent State Sweatshirt With Blood-Red SplotchesOpen in a New Window

Urban Outfitters apologized on Monday morning for marketing a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt that featured what could easily be perceived as blood stains and bullet holes, The Washington Post reports.

BuzzFeed first reported on the sweatshirt, which, for those with a working knowledge of...

 

U.S. Investigates Alleged Sexual Hazing on W.Va. College’s Baseball TeamOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Davis & Elkins College, a small, private institution in West Virginia, regarding complaints of hazing and sexual harassment involving the college’s baseball team, The Charleston Gazette reported.

A lawyer representing a former student baseball player said his client had left the college and had given up an athletic scholarship after allegedly being subjected to unwanted sexual touching multiple times by at least one upperclassman on the team. The...

 

Job-Training Program for Baby Boomers Surpasses GoalsOpen in a New Window

Report: “Plus 50 Completion Strategy: Year Four Evaluation Results”

Organization: Learning for Action

Summary: Over the past four years, 17 community colleges have enrolled nearly 21,000 baby boomers in job-training programs, according to a new report on a program administered by the American Association of Community Colleges. Nearly 9,000 of the students, or 43 percent of those served, completed the program, which was supported by the Lumina Foundation.

That far surpasses the program’s goals of...

 

Former UC-Davis Researcher Pleads No Contest to Apartment-Blast ChargesOpen in a New Window

David Snyder, a chemist who had been named as the university's outstanding graduate-student teacher, was arrested in 2013 after an explosion forced residents of his building to evacuate. Mr. Snyder, who earned a doctorate in chemistry at Davis and had gone on to hold a temporary research job there, faces up to three years in jail on 17 explosives and weapons charges. He'll be sentenced next month.

Linda Parisi, his lawyer, had argued Snyder was a tinkerer who also was deeply involved in research for kidney disease and water purification in developing countries. On Friday, she said the plea would have a “significant impact” on his future career and research.

Read more at: www.sacbee.com

 

Police Investigate 23 at California Community College for ‘Pell Running’Open in a New Window

Police officers at a community college in California are investigating 23 people on suspicion of "Pell running," or posing as college students in order to illegally pocket Pell Grant refunds. The individuals allegedly tried to scam the College of Marin on the order of $200,000, some of which the college paid out before two faculty members began to suspect something illicit was afoot. "Pell running," while a relatively rare practice, is most common in online classes. It is expected to cost taxpayers as much as $1-billion per year.

Police at the College of Marin are investigating 23 individuals suspected of posing as students in a plot to steal $200,000 in federal financial aid, some of which has already been paid out by the college.

Read more at: www.sfgate.com

 

U. of Pittsburgh Won’t Make Faculty Sign Away Intellectual-Property RightsOpen in a New Window

The University of Pittsburgh has backed down from a plan to require faculty members to sign away their intellectual-property rights, indefinitely postponing the deadline it had set for them to do so, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The university's provost, Patricia E. Beeson, said she would form a task force to examine the issue. The faculty assembly this week approved a resolution asking the university's administration to delay the deadline. Administrators have said an explicit agreement, in which faculty members agree to transfer their intellectual-property rights to the university, is required under a 2011 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The University of Pittsburgh today postponed a Tuesday deadline it had set for faculty and staff to sign agreements transferring their intellectual property rights to the university, saying instead it will study the matter further. Provost Patricia Beeson conveyed her decision in a letter being distributed to members of the Faculty Assembly.

Read more at: www.post-gazette.com

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