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Temple University plans to cut seven sports programs in 2014 in an effort to increase financial support for the remaining ones, with campus officials attributing the decision to rising costs and the poor conditions of some athletics facilities, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The university said in a written statement on Friday that the cuts would take effect in July, shutting down baseball, men’s crew, men’s outdoor and indoor track and field, men’s gymnastics, and a pair of women’s...
The head coach of the University of New Hampshire's women's ice-hockey team has been let go after an investigation into what the university said was inappropriate physical contact with a player on the bench during a recent home game. The coach, Brian McCloskey, had led the program since being named the team's head coach, in 2002.
The American Association of University Professors on Friday released an open letter to members of the American Studies Association, urging them to reject a resolution supporting an academic boycott of Israel that was recently approved by the scholarly group’s executive body.
The ASA’s National Council on Wednesday said that it had voted unanimously to endorse such a boycott. The council stressed that the boycott would focus on higher-education institutions, not individual scholars. The resolutio...
Betty Roberts, Alcorn State University's chief financial officer, resigned on Thursday amid an investigation into alleged financial discrepancies at the historically black institution. Hank M. Bounds, Mississippi's higher-education commissioner, told the Natchez Democrat that staff members in his office were reviewing reports of the alleged problems, but did not elaborate on the inquiry.
Nearly a decade after the suicide of a schizophrenia patient who was participating in a drug trial at the University of Minnesota, the university’s Faculty Senate voted on Thursday to ask the institution to commission an external review of its handling of vulnerable research subjects, the Star Tribune reported.
The university had rejected earlier appeals for further review of the circumstances in the high-profile case, which centers on the death of Dan Markingson, who committed suicide in 2004 ...
E. Gordon Gee plans to accept the position of interim president at West Virginia University, the site of his first college presidency, according to reports by The Columbus Dispatch and other news outlets.
The university announced on Thursday that its Board of Governors had unanimously approved the selection of an interim president at an emergency meeting, authorizing the board's chair "to take all necessary steps to negotiate and complete an agreement." But the university's news release did not identify the person who had been selected, and said that the appointment would be made public on Friday.
The university said the interim president would take office in January, replacing James P. Clements, who was selected in November to lead Clemson University, in South Carolina. Mr. Gee retired as president of Ohio State University in July, after making one of the verbal gaffes that marked his decades-long career as a university president.
Milton Santiago, vice president for administration and finance at Westfield State University, resigned on Thursday after less than a year on the job.
Mr. Santiago gave no reason for his decision, but the move came only a month after the Massachusetts institution’s president, Evan S. Dobelle, resigned after being accused of excessive spending of university funds on limousine rides, hotel stays, and designer clothing.
John F. Flynn III, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, told the Dail...
In votes cast this week, members of the University of Illinois at Chicago's faculty union authorized a walkout, the Chicago Tribune reported, but there are no immediate plans for a strike. The vote may be merely for leverage in the negotiations. Sessions with a federal mediator are scheduled over the winter break, and union leaders plan to attend them, a union official said.
A Stanford University anthropologist whose recent book explored how American evangelical Christians experience God has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the University of Louisville announced on Thursday. Tanya M. Luhrmann was honored for the ideas she set forth in her book When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship With God (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012). The award, given jointly by the university and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, is worth $10...
R. Bowen Loftin, who announced in July that he planned to step down as president of Texas A&M University at College Station, has been named the next chancellor of the University of Missouri at Columbia. At the time of the previous announcement, Mr. Loftin said he would return to Texas A&M's faculty, and the university said it would help him establish a new academic institute. Mr. Loftin will take office at Columbia in February.