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Sweet Briar's Incomplete Recovery

May 5, 2016

About 125 accepted applicants sent deposits to Sweet Briar College by a May 1 deadline, falling short of an administration goal in the first admissions season since a scrubbed attempt last year to close the all-female liberal arts college. New leaders at Sweet Briar had initially targeted as many as 250 students for its incoming freshman class before settling on a goal of 200. The college’s administration has yet to give up on that goal, saying it plans to accept deposits through the end of June. 

Hamilton College Celebrates 'Hamilton' the Musical in Dorms, Classes, Even Speeches

May 4, 2016

It's a rite of passage in a college dorm, with headphones and solitude and music. It's about that first, full listen to the one band or album that has taken hold so strongly on campus that ignoring it risks being left out of conversations or inside jokes or, now, memes.  So last fall, during Austin Ford's first semester at Hamilton College (NY), he did what so many first-year students do. He sat, alone, in his dorm room. He put on the headphones. And he listened to that great new thing — "Hamilton," an American musical.  The phenomenally successful "Hamilton" musical has reverberated through the campus of Hamilton College in a very special way.

Princeton's Neighbors Say to Heck With Freebies -- We Want Cash

May 4, 2016

Free lectures, admission to athletic games and concerts, even shuttles to Trader Joe’s are some of the perks that neighbors of Princeton University get from New Jersey’s only Ivy League school. A growing number of residents, though, resent the gestures. Riding a national wave of discontent with nonprofit institutions, they’re suing to challenge the tax-exempt status of Princeton, whose $22.7 billion endowment makes it the fourth-richest U.S. university. The outcome could cut homeowners’ annual property taxes, averaging $17,699, by a third. 

Buffett Chides College for Not Cutting Tuition as Endowment Grew

May 4, 2016

At the annual meeting for his Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Warren Buffett criticized a college that expanded its endowment but didn’t cut tuition or boost enrollment.  While he didn’t name the school, it’s clear to officials at Grinnell College which institution he’s talking about. The liberal arts school in Iowa, with a $1.8 billion endowment as of June 2015, said Buffett’s facts about enrollment aren’t correct. 

Adjunct Faculty at Boston University Reach Tentative Contract Settlement

May 3, 2016

Adjunct faculty and administrators at Boston University reached a contract settlement Thursday morning that aims to improve wages and increase the group’s role on campus. The agreement comes more than a year after the professors voted to unionize, and is now subject to a vote by union members.

Suspended Professor John McAdams Sues Marquette University

May 3, 2016

Marquette University associate professor John McAdams and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed a lawsuit Monday against Marquette over the professor's suspension stemming from his public criticism of a teaching assistant.

U. of Dayton Stretches Out Presidential Transition

May 3, 2016

One of higher education’s most vexing leadership challenges is the transition to a new a president. Unlike other industries, where executives are often groomed for years within an organization, university presidents typically get started with limited knowledge of the cultures and customs of the institutions they have been chosen to lead.  The University of Dayton has decided to break with that pattern, giving Eric F. Spina, the new president, a full 10 months to learn from his predecessor, Daniel J. Curran, before Mr. Spina takes over, in July. [Video]

What Does Work Add to the Learning Environment?

May 3, 2016

Students at Warren Wilson College learn firsthand what work adds to the learning environment. One of seven work colleges in the country, the campus, in the Appalachians near Asheville, N.C., is known for its “triad” approach to education – academics with required work and service.

Chair of Hope College Board of Trustees Mary Bauman Stepping Down

May 2, 2016

Mary Bauman, the chair of the Hope College board of trustees, is stepping down from her position. The Hope College community was informed of her decision in a campus-wide email sent Friday, April 29. According to the email, Bauman notified the board that she had met with President John Knapp earlier today to discuss current issues and begin setting an agenda for the full board meeting May 5-6.Bauman is stepping down as board chair after those meetings. 

WBU Trustees Name Hall President, Owens as Emeritus

May 2, 2016

The Wayland Baptist University Board of Trustees has voted to approve the recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee to name Dr. Bobby Hall the 13th president of Wayland Baptist University. Hall will take over for Dr. Paul Armes who is retiring at the end of June. Hall will continue in his current position of executive vice president and provost through June 30.

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