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How Colleges Let Sexual Predators Slip Away to Other Schools

Huffington Post

October 23, 2014

If a college student is disciplined by a school for sexual assault, the rapist can skip the punishment by transferring to a new university without anyone ever knowing. The offense won’t necessarily show up on a transcript. And administrators can simply note in a student’s file that he or she faced disciplinary action without recording actual details. What's more, schools that accept transfer students aren't required to circle back to a previous school to check records. Even if they do, full disclosure isn’t required, and the schools never have to inform the police.

What Would Thomas Jefferson Say? The Mind and Heart of the New Liberal Arts

Hechinger Report - Presidential Opinion

October 23, 2014

Ralph Kuncl, President, University of Redlands writes: If I could somehow recruit Thomas Jefferson to our current faculty, I believe he would teach not only the classic liberal arts of mathematics, astronomy, music, grammar, logic, and rhetoric but also the 20th century “liberating” domains of philosophy, history, literature, languages, natural and physical sciences, and psychology. And yet, I believe he, too, would extol the “new liberal arts” of our time like data science, digital graphic design, animation art, photographic and video production, geodesign, epidemiology, or public policy.

Obama on Affirmative Action in Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed

October 23, 2014

In an interview in The New Yorker, President Obama expressed support for affirmative action in higher education, and questioned how precisely a Supreme Court deadline for phasing out the consideration of race should be viewed. The article looks broadly at President Obama's influence on the federal court system, and touches on affirmative action toward the end of the piece.

NC Election Law Eliminates Early Voting Sites on Triangle College Campuses

Raleigh, NC, News Observer

October 23, 2014

Some of the largest college campuses in North Carolina will not host early voting sites for the fall election. The state’s new election law is the reason. The law shortens the early voting period by a week while offering the same number of hours. It also says sites must provide both parking and curbside voting. It’s mostly the last requirement that has eliminated early voting at sites on campuses that were used in previous elections.

Widespread Nature of Chapel Hill's Academic Fraud Is Laid Bare

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 23, 2014

An academic-fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took root under a departmental secretary and die-hard Tar Heel fan, who was egged on by athletics advisers to create no-show classes that would keep under­prepared and unmotivated players eligible. Over nearly two decades, professors, coaches, and administrators either participated in the scheme or overlooked it, undercutting the core values of one of the nation’s premier public universities.

Would Free College Tuition Work in the U.S.?

Credit.com, Blog

October 23, 2014

Mitchell D. Weiss writes: Tuition-price increases consistently outpace the rate of personal-income growth, which explains why education-debt levels are not just rising—they’ve reached the point where student loan payments are crowding out life for many borrowers. What’s more, as some schools choose to relax their admission standards in favor of filling otherwise empty seats, higher education’s roughly 50% completion rate is destined to decline even further.

Coming Soon for PLUS Loans: More Eligible Borrowers, New Data on Defaults

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 22, 2014

Borrowers with past credit problems will soon find it easier to qualify for federal PLUS loans under a final rule announced on Wednesday by the Education Department. An additional 370,000 parents and graduate students are expected to qualify for PLUS loans under the rule, which will relax the program’s underwriting criteria.

For Colleges, Student-Privacy Law Can Be an Obligation and a Shield

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 22, 2014

Colleges are not known for being open to sharing information about sexual assaults or anything else involving the bad behavior of students. Such matters, they often say, are cloaked by a federal law—the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, which prohibits educational institutions from releasing "education records" that reveal the identity of an individual student.

When Women Stopped Coding

NPR

October 22, 2014

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way. A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.

Many Athletes Receive Little Education on Concussion

Chronicle of Higher Education

October 22, 2014

Nearly a quarter of respondents to a new survey of NCAA colleges said their institutions do not have a formal process for educating athletes about the danger of head injuries.  The findings, published on Tuesday in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, suggest that dozens of institutions may not be in compliance with the concussion policy set forth by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
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