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SLU Relocates Controversial Statue of Priest and Native Americans

St. Louis Post Dispatch
May 29, 2015

St. Louis University has moved a controversial sculpture from outside a residence hall to inside a museum in response to criticism from faculty and students who say the work reinforces the idea of white supremacy. The sculpture, by an unknown artist, is named “Where the Rivers Meet.” It depicts Jesuit missionary Pierre-Jean De Smet on an elevated platform above two Native Americans, in what could be construed as an attempt to convert them to Christianity.

After Campaign, Ithaca College’s Part-Time Faculty Vote to Form Union

Ithaca Voice (NY)
May 29, 2015

Ithaca College’s part-time faculty has voted to form a union, according to Sarah Grunberg, who teaches in IC’s Department of Sociology. The final vote was 172 in favor of unionization and 53 opposed.

Virginia Has a New Plan to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

Washington Post
May 29, 2015

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) announced a new state plan to combat campus sexual assault Thursday, an approach that includes proposals to improve prevention education, track the extent of sexual violence, minimize barriers to reporting incidents and coordinate response from colleges and law enforcement.

Indicted for Cheating

Inside Higher Ed
May 29, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced the indictment of 15 Chinese nationals for what authorities called an elaborate scheme that allowed some people to fraudulently win admission to American colleges and to gain U.S. visas.

CAEPed Crusader Ousted

Inside Higher Ed
May 29, 2015

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation has weathered more than its fair share of turbulence in its few years in existence, perhaps the inevitable result of its origins (a merger between two unequal and competing accreditors) and its mission (tougher standards in a field long criticized for settling for lesser ones). That the organization has accomplished what it has, let alone survived at all, is arguably a victory. Its founding leader, James Cibulka, wasn't so fortunate. He was dismissed this month.

An expert talks about paying attention to rising college costs

Kansas City, Mo., Star - Interview
May 29, 2015

Kantrowitz, who helped create the and college financial aid and scholarship websites, is now the senior vice president and publisher of, also an online financial aid resource site. He was in Kansas City recently for a conference on college savings plans. The Kansas City, Mo., Star spoke with him about the rising cost of college and student loan debt.

America's College Crisis

U.S. News & World Report - Opinion Piece
May 29, 2015

Mortimer B. Zuckerman writes: America is flunking out. Millions of parents are unable to give the right answer to this question: Will you be able to pay for a college education for your children? Only 21 percent of Americans think college is affordable according to an April Gallup poll. And a separate Gallup survey finds that 73 percent of parents with children under 18 are worried about paying for college.

Millions of Americans Are Struggling to Pay Student Loan Debt

Time - Opinion Piece
May 29, 2015

Senator Al Franken writes: Things have changed a lot since my wife Franni and I went to college in the early 1970s. A full Pell Grant paid for almost 80% of a public college education. Today, it pays for less than 35%.

My Title IX Inquisition

Chronicle of Higher Education - Commentary
May 29, 2015

Laura Kipnis writes: As I understand it, any Title IX charge that’s filed has to be investigated, which effectively empowers anyone on campus to individually decide, and expand, what Title IX covers. Anyone with a grudge, a political agenda, or a desire for attention can quite easily leverage the system.

Does Alma Mater Really Matter? Where MacArthur 'Genius' Fellows Went to College

Huffington Post - Opinion Piece
May 29, 2015

Cecilia Conrad writes: MacArthur Fellows graduated from both private and public universities, from engineering schools, specialized colleges in art and music, and a school of theology. While the largest number of fellows from a single institution graduated from Harvard, others attended less selective institutions. One in five fellows graduated from institutions with acceptance rates of over 50 percent. Fifteen graduated from either historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) or tribal colleges and 44 from women's colleges. Forty graduated from religiously affiliated institutions.

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