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UR becomes latest college teaching in prisons

July 28, 2016

By offering a course about world religions at the Five Points Correctional Facility this fall, UR joins a growing number of colleges with teaching programs in prisons. In New York alone, 22 colleges have offered courses in 21 state prisons this year — more than four times the five colleges that offered programs in 2000.

Saint Mary's College Receives Its First Patent

July 28, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent to researchers at Saint Mary’s College (IN) and the University of Notre Dame (IN) who jointly developed user-friendly devices that detect low-quality pharmaceuticals.  It is Saint Mary’s first patent and the first for two of the three professors involved in the research, the college announced Tuesday.

A Prized Stettheimer Painting, Sold Under the Radar by a University

July 27, 2016

When Fisk University, the historically black school in Nashville, tried to sell two paintings several years ago from its storied Alfred Stieglitz art collection, a firestorm erupted. The proposed sale violated conditions of the gift of the collection from Stieglitz’s widow, Georgia O’Keeffe, according to her foundation.  But what was not revealed at the time, and has only recently come to light, is that before the agreement was completed — and with the debate over the future of Fisk itself swirling around her — Hazel O’Leary, then the university’s president, on behalf of the school quietly sold off two other paintings owned by Fisk.

Bullock Tells of Independent Colleges, Iowa's Virtues

July 27, 2016

University of Dubuque President Jeffrey Bullock is traveling Iowa and the country to "get out there are tell people what we do," as he puts it. "I'm doing what a president should do, I'm getting out more. I am trying to raise the profile of the University of Dubuque. I was Chair of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and one of the things I learned there is that independent colleges are 'underknown' if that's a word."

St. Gregory’s University Appoints New President

July 26, 2016

St. Gregory’s University (OK) announced today the appointment of Dr. Michael A. Scaperlanda as the University’s 16th president.  Scaperlanda has served the University of Oklahoma in various academic and administrative capacities since leaving the practice of law in 1989. He also has worked closely with St. Gregory’s over the last seven years as a member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the Board and most recently assisting President Emeritus D. Gregory Main in creating St. Gregory’s bold strategic plan – Vision For Our Next Century.

Bentley University, Adjunct Faculty Reach Agreement

July 26, 2016

Bentley University adjunct faculty reached a contract settlement with the school Friday night, just three days before a planned protest, officials said Saturday.  The four-year tentative agreement, which was reached after three years of effort and still needs to be ratified by faculty, improves wages and teaching conditions for more than 200 faculty at the Waltham campus, according to an announcement from the union representing the adjuncts.

Dave Matthews to Release Recording of 1996 Solo Concert at Sweet Briar College

July 26, 2016

Once upon a time, before his career really took off, Dave Matthews played an outdoor solo gig at Sweet Briar College in Amherst County.  Twenty years later, that performance can be heard in its entirety.  The Dave Matthews Band announced Friday it's releasing a recording of the show, as well special-edition T-shirts featuring the school's vixen mascot, with all proceeds donated to the tiny all-women's private college that almost permanently closed last year because of financial woes.

Pepperdine Drops Its Title IX Exemption

July 26, 2016

Pepperdine University has told the U.S. Department of Education that it no longer wishes to be exempt from Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and will abide by the antibias policy. Many Christian colleges, as Pepperdine is, asked for and received exemptions in the last two years, saying that the Education Department's view that Title IX bars discrimination against transgender and gay students violates the colleges' Christian faith.

One Idea to Ease Faculty Into Retirement: the ‘Terminal Sabbatical’

July 26, 2016

Faculty members can work as long as they want, a right that began with the end of mandatory retirement in 1994. Many haven’t been shy about exercising that right, and the American professoriate is decidedly grayer than a generation ago. This creates complications for colleges, including by limiting their flexibility in making decisions about budgets and about academic programming. All this was on the minds of Widener University (PA) administrators when they conceived of a new option they’d like to begin offering soon: the terminal sabbatical.

Majoring in Diversity

July 26, 2016

Hamilton College's new requirement that all majors incorporate diversity into their curricula sparks debate about what constitutes diversity and where it's best studied.

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