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Fairleigh Dickinson University's provost Christopher A. Capuano has been appointed the school’s next president. Capuano, 57, will serve as president-elect during the 2015-2016 academic year and will become the university’s eighth president on July 1, 2016, when President Sheldon Drucker retires, the school announced on Monday.
Daniel Church had never heard of Bastyr University when he accepted the job as its president in 2005. But with a background that included running a hospital in Ohio and serving as dean of a small, liberal-arts college, he saw an opportunity to bridge the divide between conventional and natural medicine. Church retires Tuesday after 10 years at Bastyr, the nation’s largest accredited naturopathic medical school, and one of its most highly regarded.
Kristine Maloney writes: Here’s the thing donors and fundraisers—we all want media coverage of gifts to our institution. We really do. Some of my favorite media projects have been gift-related, but there are others I count among my most frustrating and disappointing projects precisely because of unrealistic expectations of significant, national coverage. We, as communicators, hold responsibility for managing those expectations, but we ask for receptivity to the realities of our industry.
International applications to U.S. graduate schools rose 2% this year, driven by double-digit growth from Indian candidates and interest in science and engineering programs but tempered by declining demand from Chinese prospects.
Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons writes: The college presidency has become a high-risk occupation. All the old challenges - fundraising, strategic planning, managing enrollment, protecting students - are all still there, along with newer trials: navigating demographic shifts and flat-lining family incomes, ensuring access, assuring compliance to growing governmental regulation, and understanding the absurdity of various rankings including those promised by the U.S. Department of Education. The list goes on and on. I appreciate any opportunity to meet and help rookie college leaders transition into their new roles. Here are some of the tips I've picked up along the way; discovered by failing to do myself; or learned from my own mentors and colleagues.
In its second go-round before the Fifth Circuit, the university said it needed to consider race and ethnicity in undergraduate admissions to ensure socioeconomic diversity within the populations of minority students that it enrolls. It argued that too few minority students from relatively wealthy backgrounds are represented among those it admits through Texas’ "top 10 percent plan," a state law guaranteeing college admission to in-state applicants who are in the top tenth of their high-school class.
In the past, there were no lawyers or judges, just panels of faculty, students and administrators. But that's beginning to change at some colleges, where outside judges -- typically retired state judges -- are being hired to oversee hearings. The hearings are still held under college rules, not state rules for courts.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in a recent decision, upheld the Department of Education’s gainful employment rule, denying the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities’ (APSCU) suit.
At many colleges, victories have been slow to accumulate for campus activists who have pressured their institutions to ban certain investments from their endowments. There are hundreds of active campaigns that seek divestment from fossil-fuel companies, yet a much smaller number of colleges have actually pledged to follow through on those demands. But student activists say they scored an important victory last week, when Columbia University decided to divest from for-profit prison companies.
Without having to physically walk into a classroom, an adviser’s office or a study session, experts say students who are struggling to keep up or stay interested in online course work are sometimes more difficult to recognize and easier to ignore. As a result, some programs are using innovative methods to foster an online educational experience that is more supportive, engaging, and responsive to student demands.
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