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North Central College is poised to acquire Shimer College under an agreement between Illinois institutions that leaders hope will have Shimer, a small four-year Great Books college, becoming its own division in a larger institution.
Reports that Baylor University’s president, Kenneth W. Starr, is being forced to resign for failing to respond adequately to a string of sexual assaults on his campus prompted more than a thousand people on Wednesday to rally to his defense online.
Yale University has failed repeatedly to execute ambitious plans to diversify its faculty, praised inclusion while enabling a climate hostile to many female and minority professors and graduate students, and experienced a "lost decade" where budget tightening eroded earlier gains in diversifying the professoriate. Those are the findings of an unsparing report released on Tuesday by the Senate of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Sitting in his office last November, surrounded by football regalia and ornaments featuring Bible passages, Kenneth Starr, the president of Baylor University, defended his institution’s handling of sexual assault and domestic violence. After months of allegations that the world’s largest Baptist university has continuously mishandled -- and sought to suppress public discourse about -- sexual assaults committed by its football players, the board reportedly was moving this week to fire Starr, and his resignation is now expected.
James W. Loewen, emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Vermont, writes: Peter Salovey, president of Yale University, announced in April that, despite protests, the university would continue to name a residential college after John C. Calhoun, an alumnus, senator from South Carolina, vice president, and leading proponent of slavery in the 19th century. One Yale graduate and former resident of Calhoun College, Malcolm Pearson, who describes himself as an "old Southern white," calls this decision "almost beyond comprehension." Pearson is right. The decision prompted me to put 10 questions to President Salovey.
Full-time, non-tenure-track faculty members at Ithaca College voted to form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, they announced Tuesday. Members hope to bargain collectively with part-time, non-tenure-track instructors at Ithaca who voted to unionize last year, according to information from SEIU.
Loyola University Chicago has announced Jo Ann Rooney as its new president, the first woman and first nonordained church member to assume that role. Rooney takes over the post following the university's nearly yearlong search for its 24th leader. Rooney succeeds John Pelissero, a political science professor, who has been serving as interim president since July following the resignation of the Rev. Michael J. Garanzini. Garanzini stepped down last June after 14 years in the position.
Adjunct faculty members in two divisions of Saint Louis University have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday. Part-time instructors in the university’s College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences voted 89 to 28 in favor of forming a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. One hundred and fifty-six adjuncts were eligible to vote.
A conservative software developer’s campaign to shake up the membership of Harvard’s Board of Overseers — and push to make tuition free for undergraduates — has failed, university officials said Monday. A slate of petition candidates led by Ron Unz, known in Massachusetts for leading a 2002 ballot initiative that severely limited bilingual education, had vied for election to the largely powerless body. Unz had rounded up four other candidates, including Ralph Nader, on a platform that also questioned Harvard’s use of race in admissions.
A decision by Dartmouth College to deny tenure to an Asian-American professor has brought national attention to the lack of diversity in higher education. More than 3,000 people have signed a petition to overturn the decision.
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