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More Student Protests on Lack of Indictment in Ferguson

Inside Higher Ed
November 26, 2014

While some campuses saw protests Monday night over the lack of an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, many more campuses saw protests on Tuesday.

La Roche College to accept up to 90 credits from community college students

Pittsburgh, Penn., Tribune
November 26, 2014

Tiny La Roche College in McCandless carved out a niche in the increasingly competitive student recruitment game Tuesday when officials announced the school will accept as many as 90 transfer credits from community colleges. That's about three quarters of the credits necessary for most bachelor's degrees.

Promiscuous College Come-Ons

New York Times - Op/Ed
November 26, 2014

Swarthmore is hardly alone in its desire to eliminate impediments to a bounty of applicants. Over the last decade, many elite colleges have adjusted their applications in ways that remove disincentives and maximize the odds that the number of students jockeying to get in remains robust — or, even better, grows larger.

How Colleges Bend the Rules to Keep Their State Funding

Bloomberg Businessweek
November 26, 2014

Public universities are gaming their admissions and grading systems so they can hang on to state funding under strict new standards, a new study shows. After some states enacted regulations that tie funding for community and public colleges to the academic success of their students, many schools began denying admission to students with less potential and inflating student grades, researchers said in a Columbia University study released last week.

New Rules Would Judge Teacher-Prep Programs on Job Placements and Student Learning

Chronicle of Higher Education
November 26, 2014

Teacher colleges aren’t feeling very thankful for new rules that could make some of their students ineligible for Teach Grants. The proposed rules, which the Education Department announced two days before Thanksgiving, would require states to evaluate teacher-training programs based, in part, on how many of their graduates get and keep jobs and how much their graduates’ future students learn. Only programs deemed effective by their states would be eligible to award Teach Grants, which provide students with up to $4,000 a year.

Can Digital ‘Badges’ and ‘Nanodegrees’ Protect Job Seekers From a First-Round Knockout?

Chronicle of Higher Education
November 25, 2014

Critics have argued that a college degree does not say much about a candidate’s abilities apart from the ability to get into, and graduate from, a particular college. Employers themselves complain that a college degree doesn’t predict whether a graduate will make a good employee. Purveyors of alternative credentials have rushed to fill the gap, designing "badges" and "nanodegrees" that are more specific about what skills applicants actually possess. And yet—how much more information can applicants really hope to get across if a recruiter is spending only a few seconds sizing them up?

Another President Blaming Women?

Inside Higher Ed
November 25, 2014

The president of Eckerd College has become the latest college leader whose statements about preventing rape and sexual assault have resulted in criticism that he is blaming women. Donald R. Eastman III sent an email to students Sunday in which he encouraged them to drink less and to avoid casual sex.

Mercy College of Ohio Names Susan C. Wajert Its New President

Toledo Blade (OH)
November 25, 2014

The dean of health sciences at a college in Cincinnati is Mercy College of Ohio’s choice to become its new president.
Susan C. Wajert, whose degrees include a bachelor of science in nursing from Bowling Green State University and a master of business administration from the University of Toledo, succeeds John F. Hayward, who retired June 30 after nine years in charge at Mercy.

Brother F. Edward Coughlin Named 11th President of Siena College

The Saratogan (NY)
November 25, 2014

The Siena College board of trustees has announced that Br. F. Edward Coughlin has been appointed the 11th president of Siena College, effective immediately.  A Franciscan brother for more than 40 years, Coughlin has led a distinguished career in Catholic higher education as a scholar, professor and senior administrator. Prior to Siena, he was vice president for Franciscan mission at St. Bonaventure University and a Siena trustee.

New President Charting a Fresh Course at Mitchell College in New London

TheDay.com (New London, CT)
November 25, 2014

On the job for five months, Mitchell College President Janet Steinmayer has a clear vision of where the small, liberal arts school will be in a few years.  "High touch" - giving every student the personal attention they need to succeed - is very much in the vernacular on the Mitchell campus these days.  It's not a new phrase, but under Steinmayer's leadership it's a two-word description of the Mitchell experience that is being embraced, touted and marketed.

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