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'We All Felt Trapped'

Inside Higher Ed
January 23, 2015

MIT last month announced that an investigation had determined that Walter H.G. Lewin, 78, had “engaged in online sexual harassment in violation of MIT policies.” The institution cut ties with Lewin, removing his online courses and lectures from MIT OpenCourseWare and its MOOC platform, MITx, and stripping him of his emeritus title.

How One College Is Getting Strategic in the Face of Challenges

Chronicle of Higher Education
January 23, 2015

olumbia College Chicago lost 24 percent of its enrollment in the five years before Kwang-Wu Kim took over as president, in 2013. He has since overseen an effort to re-evaluate the college’s operations and curricula, and to develop a strategy to turn around its fortunes. He shares his thoughts on how a bold new website is only a first step, on making a strategic plan more than a wish list, and on how his experience as a concert pianist helps him as a college president.

One Student's Fight To Reclaim Ip Revenues For Undergrads’ Startups

FastCompany.com
January 23, 2015

Caleb Carr, a student at University of Colorado-Denver, is trying to make sure that students are getting their fair share of the more than $22 billion in sales of products created and based on academic research. In the past year, Carr, along with a core team of about seven other students, has met with dozens of lawmakers in the hope that legislation will be proposed in early 2015 that would redefine how a student and a university can benefit financially from student ideas built with campus resources.

Allow universities to restructure themselves through bankruptcy

The Hill - Opinion Piece
January 23, 2015

Dennis Cariello writes: Institutions of higher education have a significant limitation on their ability to restructure debt. Practically speaking, they can’t declare bankruptcy. Despite the general nondiscrimination provision in the bankruptcy code, changes to the Higher Education Act in 1992 require that a college filing for bankruptcy immediately and irrevocably loses access to the federal loans and grants authorized under Title IV of the HEA. Considering that approximately 85 percent of students utilize Title IV programs to pay for tuition, this restriction makes filing for bankruptcy a nonstarter.

White House Proposals on 529 College Plans Would Reduce Benefits

New York Times
January 23, 2015

President Obama is proposing a radical change to the 529 college savings plans held by millions of families, which would require those who use them to rethink their approach to college savings. As part of his plan to simplify the tax code and help the middle class, one of the 529 plan’s most attractive benefits would be eliminated: Money could no longer be withdrawn tax-free. (The new rules would apply only to new contributions.)

New Trinity University president to focus on diversity

ABC, KSAT 12
January 23, 2015

Trinity University will have a new leader at the helm this spring. President Dennis Ahlburg is stepping down and is, in fact, already on sabbatical. That's opened the door for a new president, who is learning his way through San Antonio streets with purpose. Dr. Danny Anderson will soon become the 19th president of Trinity University. He said he is aiming at more diversity.

HBCUs Divided over Free Community College Plan

BlackVoiceNews.com
January 22, 2015

Black college educators and supporters are sharply split over whether President Obama’s proposal to offer a free two-year community college education to students making progress toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree would hurt are harm Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Push to Tax ‘529’ Plans Stokes Debate

Wall Street Journal
January 22, 2015

President Barack Obama ’s push to start taxing college-saving accounts, including the popular “529” accounts, would affect millions of Americans who are stashing money for their children’s education, stirring debate about how to structure federal student aid and how to define the middle class.

2 Ex-UNC Athletes Sue School, NCAA Over Academic Failures

Associated Press
January 22, 2015

Two former University of North Carolina athletes have filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA, saying neither has done enough to ensure athletes receive a quality education. The lawsuit names former women's basketball player Rashanda McCants and former football player Devon Ramsay as plaintiffs but seeks class-action status.

Standardized Online Classes Would Lead Toward Increased Efficency [sic] in Higher Education

Forbes - Opinion Piece
January 22, 2015

Matthew LeBar writes: Colleges and universities are offering more and more online classes to their students. Textbook companies like Pearson PLC are beginning to standardize these classes by designing online courses and selling them to different universities. These courses, with less labor from professors, promise a more efficient delivery of content to the student and therefore represent a threat to professors, especially adjuncts.

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