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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.


Here’s a Snapshot of Online Learning in 2015Open in a New Window

The Babson Survey Research Group released its last annual survey of the online-education landscape on Tuesday. You can read its report on the survey here, and below are some of its key findings:

  • The percentage of academic leaders who said online learning was critical to their institution’s mission dropped from 71 percent, in 2014 — the highest ever — to 63 percent.
  • The number of distance-education students increased at a slightly higher rate — 3.9 percent — from 2014 to 2015 than it did in ...

 

After 10 Days on the Lam, Wayward Goat Is Back at U. of IowaOpen in a New Window

The tumult and drama of recent weeks finally drew to a close in Iowa City on Monday. No, it wasn’t the departure of the last presidential candidate or TV crew. It was the recapture of the University of Iowa’s lost goat, missing since late January and the subject of endless speculation, not to mention extensive coverage in the local press.

“We are very happy to report that William the Goat is in custody and back home in a nice warm pen out at the University Research Park,” tweeted the university’...

 

Black Students Are Overrepresented in Low-Paying Majors, Study FindsOpen in a New Window

[See correction below.]

Report: “African Americans: College Majors and Earnings”

Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Megan L. Fasules, Andrea Porter, and Jennifer Landis-Santos

Organization: Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce

Summary: While more African-American students attend college, they are overrepresented in majors that typically lead to low-paying jobs, such as human services and community organization, social work, and theology and religious vocations.

The report, w...

 

Proposed Budget Would Be ‘Detrimental’ to Kentucky State U., President SaysOpen in a New Window

Funding cuts in the Kentucky governor’s proposed 2016-18 biennial budget would be “detrimental” to Kentucky State University, the institution’s president, Raymond M. Burse, wrote on Monday in a letter to the campus.

Mr. Burse wrote that he feared serious consequences of the budget, which proposes significant cuts in higher education. “If the budget as proposed is enacted, our options would be to declare financial exigency and/or prepare a closure plan,” Mr. Burse wrote in the letter, obtained by...

 

Apollo Education, U. of Phoenix’s Parent, Is Sold for $1.1 BillionOpen in a New Window

[Updated (2/8/2016, 4:28 p.m.) with further details.]

The Apollo Education Group, the parent company of the for-profit University of Phoenix, will be sold to a “consortium of investors” for $1.1 billion, the company announced on Monday. The purchase, made by three investment firms, will make Apollo a privately held company.

It will also install a new chairman of the Apollo Board of Directors — Tony Miller, a former deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Education and partner at one of the...

 

George Washington U. Stops Accepting Donated Cadavers After Losing Track of Body IdentitiesOpen in a New Window

George Washington University’s medical school has lost track of the identities of some of the cadavers donated to the institution for research and teaching, and so has ceased accepting donations through its willed-body program.

In a statement issued on Friday, Jeffrey S. Akman, the medical school’s dean and the university’s vice president for health affairs, wrote that “despite exhaustive efforts, we have been unable to make a positive identification of certain donor bodies and as a result are u...

 

Professor Who Expressed Solidarity With Muslims Will Leave Wheaton of IllinoisOpen in a New Window

Wheaton College of Illinois and Larycia A. Hawkins, an associate professor of political science whom the evangelical Christian institution was seeking to fire, “have reached a confidential agreement under which they will part ways,” the college and Ms. Hawkins announced on Saturday in a joint statement.

The statement describes the agreement as “a mutual place of resolution and reconciliation” and says that neither Wheaton nor Ms. Hawkins will discuss it before Wednesday, when they plan to ho...

 

Suffolk’s President and Its Board Chair Will Step DownOpen in a New Window

The president of Suffolk University and the chairman of its Board of Trustees will step down in an attempt to resolve a leadership controversy that has rocked the Massachusetts campus over the last week. In a joint statement, the chairman and the president — Andrew Meyer Jr. and Margaret A. McKenna, respectively — said Mr. Meyer would step down from the board when his term expires, in May, and Ms. McKenna would step down no later than the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

The statement als...

 

Keuka College to Change ‘Wolfpack’ Nickname After Pressure From N.C. StateOpen in a New Window

Keuka College, a small liberal-arts institution in upstate New York, is changing its nickname under legal pressure from North Carolina State University, according to a news release from the college. Keuka’s sports teams, now known as the Wolfpack, will compete as the Wolves after the 2015-16 academic year concludes.

N.C. State, whose teams are also known as the Wolfpack, said Keuka’s nickname was infringing on its trademark and demanded several months ago that the college stop using it. Some co...

 

Accreditor Threatens to Step In as Illinois Colleges Wait for State FundsOpen in a New Window

The Higher Learning Commission sent a letter to Illinois lawmakers on Thursday, saying it is “obligated to move swiftly to protect Illinois students” if the state’s budget impasse continues and public colleges are denied state funds. Capitol Fax, an Illinois politics blog, obtained a copy of the letter, which is addressed to the state’s governor and members of the legislature.

In the letter, Barbara Gellman-Danley, president of the commission, wrote that the accreditor had contacted the state’s ...

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