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Oberlin College was right to not suspend failing grades because students were protesting: Readers react

December 19, 2014

Actions have consequences, said many cleveland.com readers in support of Oberlin College's refusal to suspend failing grades this semester despite requests for relief from students who skipped classes and missed study time to protest recent deaths at the hands of police across the nation.

A Long Haul on Long Island

December 18, 2014

Dowling, with a beautiful campus on Long Island that once belonged to the Vanderbilts, is a poster child for the nation’s struggling private colleges. Its enrollment has plummeted, and because nearly every penny Dowling has comes from current students, its finances are as precarious as those of perhaps any college in the country.

Student who got mistaken welcome from Hopkins: Second rejection was worse

December 17, 2014

He has already moved on. Duke University, Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia are in his sights. Sam Stephenson said he probably will apply to eight colleges. But the episode of double denial from Johns Hopkins University still strikes him as curious. “The first time when I got rejected, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the second time,” the 17-year-old said Wednesday morning on his way to school in Culpeper County, Va.

Midland looks to business world for new president

December 17, 2014

When Midland University began its search for a new president, it wanted someone with proven leadership. They have found that in Jody Horner, who has been selected as the 16th president in the Fremont institution’s 131-year history. She brings to Midland decades of experience in leadership of one of America’s largest business enterprises, higher education and nonprofit organizations.

UPenn President Criticized For Joining Protesters' 'Die-In'

December 16, 2014

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann has upset members of her own university police department over her joining a brief "die-in" demonstration with students. Gutmann was hosting her annual student Holiday Party at her home on Dec. 9, when about 50 protesters from the Students Organizing for Unity and Student Labor Action Project came in demanding the president pay $6.6 million to the Philadelphia school district, a primarily black district.

Responding to Offensive Posts on Yik Yak, Professors Stage Social-Media Takeover

December 15, 2014

At the end of a semester plagued by offensive social-media posts, professors at Colgate University on Friday started a campaign to bring some positivity to digital communications on the campus. Using the smartphone application Yik Yak, which allows people to submit anonymous comments visible to other nearby users, professors posted positive messages to students, wishing them luck on their exams, praising their work, and infusing an uplifting tone into the digital discourse.

When the Victim is Male

December 12, 2014

Southern Methodist University violated Title IX when it failed to provide a “prompt and equitable response” to the alleged sexual assault of a male student by another male student in 2012, the U.S. Department of Education announced Thursday. The university then failed to protect the victim from further harassment and embarrassment following the assault, the department said, leading him to drop out.

UD President Dan Curran to step down

December 12, 2014

Dan Curran, the first lay president in University of Dayton history, has decided to step down as president of UD in June 2016. UD made the announcement Tuesday afternoon and said its board of trustees will conduct a national search for his successor.

Hudson River Park Trust Plans Research and Education Center at Pier 26

December 10, 2014

The Hudson River Park Trust has selected Clarkson University to oversee a new estuarium — a research and education center with a focus on river ecology — that is planned for Pier 26 in TriBeCa.  Clarkson, based in Potsdam, N.Y., already runs the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, some 50 miles up the Hudson River from the park. 

MOOC Harassment

December 9, 2014

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Monday that it has removed the online courses of a prominent physics professor after finding that he had engaged in the online sexual harassment of a female student.

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