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Pomona College's New President Will Be the First Woman and African American to Lead the Campus

December 9, 2016

Pomona College’s Board of Trustees has named G. Gabrielle Starr as the school’s next president, the first time a woman and African American has been appointed to lead the Claremont liberal arts institution.  Starr, who currently is the dean of New York University’s College of Arts and Science, will succeed David Oxtoby when he retires next June. She will join other new leaders at Scripps College and Pitzer College.

Barnard’s Different Approach to Divestment

December 9, 2016

A minority of colleges have in recent years opted to bar their endowments from holding investments in either the fossil fuel industry generally or specific parts of the industry (such as coal). Barnard College on Thursday announced a different approach: a committee of trustees, professors and students has recommended that the college sell holdings in "all fossil fuel companies that deny climate science or otherwise seek to thwart efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change."

NHL's Golden Knights Denied Trademark Because of Saint Rose

December 9, 2016

Could anyone confuse a new professional hockey team in Las Vegas with The College of Saint Rose? Yes, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which has denied the Vegas Golden Knights' trademark application a little more than two weeks after the new NHL franchise unveiled its name and logo. The office cites potential confusion with the team name for Saint Rose, which is also the Golden Knights.

Carbon Neutral Quickly

December 8, 2016

Middlebury College says it has become carbon neutral, meeting an aggressive goal set last decade and becoming one of just a handful of institutions to reach the sought-after sustainability status. Its path, however, was not easy or without dispute. The private liberal arts college in Vermont is today officially announcing it met its target to become carbon neutral by 2016.

Nazareth President Angered by Check on Muslim Students

December 8, 2016

A recent check by law enforcement about two Muslim students who attended church as part of a class at Nazareth College has drawn sharp criticism from the president of the college.  The students attended Browncroft Community Church in Penfield on Sunday as part of their Sociology of  Religion course, which requires students to attend religious services that are not of their own faith.

Goucher College Only Maryland Institution to Grant Bachelor's Degrees Behind Bars

December 8, 2016

Theresa Adams learned in psychology class that her impulsive nature likely landed her in prison. She took the class at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, where she also tackled calculus, studied Spanish and recited Shakespeare while serving seven years.  Goucher College will soon start offering Bachelor of Arts degrees in American studies at the Jessup prison facilities for men and women. The liberal arts college in Towson will be Maryland's only school to offer a bachelor's degree wholly within prison.

Resident Advisers at George Washington U. Attempt to Open a New Union Front

December 8, 2016

Resident advisers at George Washington University are seeking the National Labor Relations Board’s permission to unionize, a development that would open a new front in the campaign to organize private colleges’ academic workers. The effort’s leaders are asking the NLRB to let the private university’s nearly 110 resident advisers vote on forming a collective-bargaining unit affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which already represents adjuncts at George Washington and other colleges in this city.

Private University Graduate Students Begin Unionization Vote

December 8, 2016

Columbia University graduate students, who helped lead a nationwide fight over the labor rights of teaching and research assistants on college campuses, began voting Wednesday on whether to form a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers.  If the yes vote prevails, Columbia would become only the second private university in the U.S. where graduate students are part of a union.

U. of Notre Dame Is Undecided on Whether to Invite Trump to Speak at Commencement

December 7, 2016

The president of the University of Notre Dame is still considering whether to invite President-elect Donald J. Trump to deliver the commencement speech in the spring of 2017, The Observer, the student newspaper, reports. Traditionally, the university has invited the U.S. president to be the commencement speaker during his first year in office, a custom that stretches back to Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 2009, Barack Obama became the sixth president to take the university up on its offer.

Bennett College, South University Placed on Probation

December 7, 2016

A local college and a for-profit school with a High Point campus were sanctioned again Tuesday by their accrediting agency. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges put Bennett College and South University on probation for unspecified financial issues. The association put both schools on warning status — a sanction less serious than probation — last December.

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