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NLRB Orders Redo of Marist College Adjunct Faculty Union Election

August 26, 2016

The National Labor Relations Board this week sustained an earlier, local board decision that Marist College unfairly interfered in a 2014 election for an adjunct union affiliated with Service Employees International Union.

When Millions Pledged Never Materialize

August 26, 2016

A medical school building keeps its name at Marian University in Indianapolis, even after the man it's named for can't fulfill a $48 million pledge.

Cuts Questioned at Notre Dame de Namur

August 26, 2016

Joining professors elsewhere, tenured Notre Dame de Namur faculty members protest cuts that followed academic program prioritization. But their new status as union members may complicate their situation.

U. of Chicago’s Condemning of Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings Reignites Debate

August 26, 2016

A letter to incoming freshmen at the University of Chicago has reignited a debate over political correctness, the perceived coddling of college students, and academic freedom.

University of the Sciences Names Cooper Med School Dean as New President

August 25, 2016

The University of the Sciences has named the founding dean of Camden's Cooper Medical School of Rowan University as its 25th president.  Paul Katz, 68, a physician who specializes in rheumatology and has spent more than 40 years in health care and higher education, will take over at the West Philadelphia university on Sept. 1. He replaces Kathleen R. Mayes, interim leader since Helen F. Giles-Gee resigned in December 2014, 21/2 years into her presidency.

Sweet Briar Budgets $20M in Donations for 2017

August 25, 2016

Sweet Briar College is expecting to continue a heavy reliance on donations in its 2017 fiscal year, with a newly passed $33 million operating budget calling for a whopping $20 million in donations. The rural women's college to the north of Lynchburg, Va., has so far landed donations and pledges totaling roughly $2.5 million toward the fund-raising goal.

Virginia Wesleyan President Announces "Dramatic Changes" in State of the College Address

August 25, 2016

A series of “dramatic changes” is being brought to Virginia Wesleyan College.  President Scott D. Miller said in a State of the College address Tuesday that the university would begin the Batten Honors College, which is named after Jane P. and Frank Batten Sr. The program, according to a Virginia Wesleyan news release, will offer small classes, personalized instruction and faculty-student interaction. 

Duke University Makes Claim on Estate of Aubrey McClendon

August 25, 2016

The late oil magnate Aubrey McClendon held his alma mater in such high regard that he built the headquarters of his company in the image of Duke University’s campus.  And back in Durham, N.C., the feeling was mutual: There’s the McClendon Commons and McClendon Tower, McClendon Plaza and the Kathleen Upton Byrns McClendon Pipe Organ. All told, Mr. McClendon gave more than $20 million to the school where he met his wife, sent his children and connected with the friend who would help bankroll his rise.  Now, Duke is making a claim against the Chesapeake Energy Corp. co-founder’s estate, claiming it is owed almost half the $18.75 million he recently pledged, even though he died before he could make good on it.

U Chicago to Freshmen: Don't Expect Safe Spaces

August 25, 2016

Looking for safe spaces on campus or trigger warnings on a syllabus? Incoming students at the University of Chicago have been warned they won't find either in Hyde Park. They all received a letter recently from John Ellison, dean of students, which went beyond the usual platitudes of such letters and made several points about what he called one of Chicago's "defining characteristics," which he said was "our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression."

Atlanta May Expand to Cover Emory University

August 24, 2016

Emory University hopes to make official what many outside the metropolitan area already assume to be the case: It wants the 631-acre campus to become a part of the city of Atlanta.  The school’s annexation into the city wouldn’t change much immediately, but it could lead to the construction of a light rail MARTA line to the school by tapping into the city’s transportation revenue. Emory is currently part of unincorporated DeKalb County in the Druid Hills area, just east of Atlanta’s border.

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