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Cooper Union Says Ending Free Tuition May Make It More Accessible

April 17, 2015

But as Cooper Union officials, faculty members, students, and alumni fight over whether a tuition model honors the college’s mission and the egalitarian vision of its founder, another question has popped up: Does free tuition really increase educational opportunities for students who struggle to afford college?

No Confidence at Northwest Nazarene

April 16, 2015

The faculty of Northwest Nazarene University has voted no confidence in President David Alexander. The vote comes amid widespread faculty (and student and alumni) anger over the decision to end the employment of Thomas Jay Oord, a theologian who has a tenured position at the university.

Harvard Health Dean Julio Frenk Picked as New UM President

April 14, 2015

Julio Frenk, dean of the faculty at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health for the past six years, will formally assume the University of Miami presidency Sept. 1, three months after Donna Shalala, who has presided over the university for 14 years, is due to step down. Frenk, who will be UM’s first Hispanic president, is a world authority on public health.

Sweet Briar Faculty Join Lawsuit Seeking to Stop the College from Closing

April 13, 2015

A group of faculty and staff members at Sweet Briar College has filed a motion supporting a lawsuit that seeks to stop the school from closing, and warns that they plan further legal action.

Barton Names New President 'Right Time, Right Place, Right People'

April 13, 2015

Douglas N. Searcy is the new president of Barton College.  Gregg A. DeMar, chairman of Barton’s trustee board, announced Searcy’s hiring during a meeting of faculty and staff marking the start of the spring semester Friday morning. Norval Kneten will be retiring from his post as Barton’s president at the end of the current academic year. Searcy will be the 12th president to serve Barton. 

Delaware Valley College Now a University

April 10, 2015

Delaware Valley College became a university April 8.  At a news conference, college officials unveiled a new sign, a new logo and outlined a vision for its future. The school also announced a $1 million donation at the event, which will fund the creation of an Institute for Biotechnology and Hydroponics at university.

Troubles in Thailand

April 10, 2015

Some former faculty and current and former students at Webster University’s campus in Thailand have been yelling that their school is (figuratively) on fire for nearly five years now, to little effect. The allegations are wide-ranging, and include concerns about issues of academic rigor, student health and safety, student services, the condition of physical facilities, faculty and staff turnover, and reported fears of retribution against those who dare to challenge the administration.

Cooper Union Board Offers Not to Renew Contract of President Jamshed Bharucha

April 10, 2015

The president of Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Jamshed Bharucha, waited outside a room last week as Cooper Union board members discussed his future. The result wasn’t what he wanted to hear. Trustees voted in favor of informing New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office that they wouldn’t renew Mr. Bharucha’s contract next year if it would help end an investigation and litigation against them, several trustees said.

Sweet Briar Closing the Board's Decision, AG Says

April 10, 2015

The decision to close the private Sweet Briar College lies with its board of directors, not with the state, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring said Thursday. “Sweet Briar is a private institution, and unless the board has acted improperly or violated its duties, it would not be appropriate for the commonwealth of Virginia to intervene,” Herring said in a statement accompanying his amicus brief filed in Amherst County Circuit Court.

Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran to Retire in 2016

April 10, 2015

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, Kalamazoo College's first woman president and first African-American president, will retire in 2016.
During a meeting of faculty and staff Thursday, Wilson-Oyelaran, 67, announced her plans to retire June 30, 2016. A news conference was scheduled for 2 p.m.  Wilson-Oyelaran became Kalamazoo College president in July 2005, becoming the private, liberal arts college's 17th president.

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