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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.

Seattle U.’s Humanities Dean, the Subject of Student Protests, RetiresOpen in a New Window

The dean of Seattle University’s humanities college, who had been placed on administrative leave this summer in the wake of student protests, has retired, The Seattle Times reports.

During a 22-day sit-in protest in May, students called for Jodi O. Kelly, dean of the university’s Matteo Ricci College, to resign. They also demanded changes to the humanities college’s curriculum, which they described in a petition as “Eurocentric and Classical in nature,” “damaging,” and “stifling.” The university...


NCAA Questions Host Cities on Possible DiscriminationOpen in a New Window

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is conducting a survey about discrimination in cities that will host NCAA events or have expressed interest in doing so, USA Today reported on Friday.

The questionnaire is being distributed to the cities’ organizing groups after the National Basketball Association said it would relocate its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., to another city because of the controversial bathroom bill that was enacted in North Carolina this past spring. The new la...


Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online CoursesOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-education programs at colleges and universities, the department said in a news release on Friday.

The department’s new regulations, which follow rules that took effect last summer, would make state-authorization requirements, which vary by state, more clear for institutions that offer online courses.

Among the most notable changes, colleges that offer online courses would have to be authorized by each state in which the...


U. of Michigan Board Chair Withdraws $3-Million Gift Over Naming ConcernsOpen in a New Window

The University of Michigan’s board chairman has withdrawn a $3-million pledge to fund the construction of a new building over concerns that it would not keep the name of the building it is replacing, the only structure on the Ann Arbor campus that’s named for an African-American, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Mark Bernstein, the chairman, and his wife, Rachel Bendit, announced in April that they would help finance the $10-million building, which is slated to open in 2018. The building would ...


HBCU Presidents to Hold Symposium on Gun ViolenceOpen in a New Window

The presidents of 34 historically black colleges and universities pledged on Wednesday to organize what they called a first-of-its-kind symposium on gun violence, after the “debilitating impact” of a series of incidents that they said had “shaken our nation to its core and caused many people to question our country’s direction.”

In a letter announcing plans for an “HBCU National Symposium on Gun Violence,” the presidents invited all Americans to join them in helping the United States to become ...


Education Dept. Plans to Improve Customer Service for Student-Loan BorrowersOpen in a New Window

The U.S. Department of Education has adopted a new set of policies to improve student-loan servicing, the agency said in a news release on Wednesday.

In a memorandum, the department said it would work with the Treasury Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to improve student-loan servicing systems to protect borrowers and help them avoid defaulting on loans. The memo highlighted five specific changes.

Among the most notable, the department will create economic incentives to bet...


N.C. State Settles Free-Speech Lawsuit by Revising Disputed PolicyOpen in a New Window

A Christian student group has withdrawn a lawsuit alleging that North Carolina State University administrators violated the group’s free-speech rights after the university revised a disputed policy, The News & Observer reported.

Under the policy, the Christian group was required to obtain a permit to speak or distribute its literature on the campus.

A federal judge last month ordered the university to temporarily cease enforcing its policy while the lawsuit by the student group, Grace Christian ...


Yale Rehires Worker Who Smashed Window Depicting SlaveryOpen in a New Window

[Updated (7/19/2016, 8:47 p.m.) with word that Mr. Menafee has accepted Yale's offer to return to work.]

Yale University says it is willing to rehire an employee who last month intentionally broke a stained-glass window depicting slaves, and late Tuesday the former worker accepted Yale’s offer.

Corey Menafee, a dishwasher in the university’s Calhoun College dining hall, resigned on June 21 after he destroyed the window, which had an image of slaves carrying cotton bales that he found offensive....


Citing Cost Concern, Wright State Pulls Out as Host of Presidential DebateOpen in a New Window

Wright State University is pulling out as host of the first presidential debate, between the presumptive party nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, the Dayton Daily News reports. In announcing his decision, the university’s president, David R. Hopkins, said he had been motivated by concerns over cost and safety.

University officials had estimated the cost of holding the event, scheduled for September 26 on the campus’s Nutter Center, to be as much as $8 million, $3.5 million of which it...


Everybody’s Talking About Plagiarism. What Is It, Exactly?Open in a New Window

Plagiarism has long been one of the cardinal sins of academe. But on Tuesday it was on the lips of people nationwide, thanks to a seemingly unlikely source: the Republican National Convention.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, gave a speech that appeared to plagiarize parts of the speech Michelle Obama delivered when her husband was first nominated, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, in Denver.

Academics, some of whom deal with plagia...

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