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Calvin College Recommends Cutting Programs in Humanities, Languages and Arts

October 1, 2015

Citing declining student interest, Calvin College administrators are recommending the elimination of programs in theater, art history and the languages of German, Greek and Latin.  The architecture minor is also recommended for elimination. Academic minors in the other programs will remain in place.  The proposed program cuts are part of the Christian college's efforts to improve its financial standing after long-term debt grew to $115 million in 2012, a level administrators said was unsustainable. 

U. Of Chicago Given $100 Million to Launch Conflict Resolution Center

October 1, 2015

The University of Chicago announced Wednesday it has been given $100 million to establish a center for the study and resolution of global conflicts, a donation that equals the second-largest in the school’s history.  The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts will occupy a distinctive and unusual niche in academia. One center with a similar mission is the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Johns Hopkins Pledges More Hiring and Spending in Baltimore, in Wake of City Riots

October 1, 2015

Johns Hopkins University and the Johns Hopkins Health System, academic and medical powerhouses in Baltimore, are planning to hire more residents from distressed neighborhoods and deepen ties to local businesses in an effort to help a city riven this year by rioting.  The university, which opened in 1876, has sought in recent years to boost the city through projects including redevelopment of decayed portions of East Baltimore. Healthy neighborhoods on the edge of campus are crucial to the quality of life of faculty and students.

Buddhist-Inspired University in Boulder Contemplates Killing Prairie Dogs

September 29, 2015

One university’s plans to remove prairie dogs from its campus is drawing sharp criticism. The fact it’s a Buddhist-inspired school only adds to the controversy. Naropa University in Boulder has been trying to resolve the prairie dog issue on its east campus at 63rd Street and Arapahoe Avenue. The university says it’s counted 250 prairie dog burrows on its campus. School officials say they’ve spent four years trying to find a new home for the animals.

Evangelical Group’s Taunts Reopen Dialogue on Racial Tensions on One Campus

September 29, 2015

When an activist evangelical group confronted students at DePauw University last week, screaming that they were "whores" and "sinners," it didn’t take long for tensions to escalate. What happened that afternoon illustrates the challenges campuses face in balancing free speech and campus safety at a time of heightened cultural and racial tensions.

Amid Debate on Free Speech and Safe Space, Wesleyan Students Seek to Hear More Voices

September 28, 2015

A debate that has flared at Wesleyan University for the past two weeks, over where to draw the line between freedom of speech and the need to ensure that the campus is a safe space for students from minority backgrounds, peaked in a students-only meeting here on Sunday night.  The campus’s nearly 150-year-old newspaper, The Wesleyan Argus, has been at the center of the debate, and one of the paper’s editors said a potential resolution was discussed that might strip the paper of the funding it uses to print twice weekly. 

A Women’s College Goes Coed and Works to Preserve Its Mission

September 28, 2015

The most-important thing that has changed about the higher-education landscape is the recognition that great change is needed, says Esther L. Barazzone, president of Chatham University since 1992. For the first time, Chatham this fall is enrolling men in its undergraduate programs, a shift that Ms. Barazzone calls a financial necessity.  As small liberal-arts colleges like hers are forced to reinvent themselves, she says leaders should make sure that the changes they make reflect the deep values of their institutions. [Video]

Pope Visits St. Joseph's University Sunday Afternoon

September 28, 2015

Pope Francis made a surprise schedule change Sunday afternoon: He added a stop at St. Joseph's University. The pope arrived shortly before 3 p.m., on his way to the Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  The pope was to meet with campus officials, students and religious leaders and visit the university’s newly dedicated statue, "Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time." About 700 to 800 people are gathered around the statue, waiting.

James Doti to Step Down as Head of Chapman University Next Year

September 28, 2015

He elevated Chapman University's name around the nation, and in August, at the close of his 25 years as its leader, President James Doti says he plans to step down to return to teaching. Doti, 69, is Chapman's 12th president. He will be succeeded by Daniele Struppa, the current chancellor. He announced Monday that he will go back to the classroom and take on a fundraising job Aug. 31.

Hopkins and Trinity Presidents Honored by the Carnegie Corporation

September 25, 2015

The presidents of Johns Hopkins University and Trinity Washington University were honored by the Carnegie Corp. of New York on Thursday, two of the four recipients of the Academic Leadership Awards.  Ronald J. Daniels, of Hopkins, and Patricia A. McGuire of Trinity each will receive  a $500,000 grant.  C.L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California, and Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso, were also honored.

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