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Rev. Dr. John Nunes Elected 9th Concordia President

February 12, 2016

The Rev. Dr. John A. Nunes of Valparaiso, Ind., was elected unanimously by the Concordia College-New York Board of Regents to serve as the school's ninth president.  Nunes, 52, has served for the past two years as the Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University and plans to finish the current academic year before assuming the Concordia presidency on July 1, 2016.

Mystery Illness Sickens 185 Students at Pennsylvania College

FOX 29 News
February 12, 2016

The Montgomery County Health Department is currently investigating an outbreak of gastro-intestinal illness associated with students from Ursinus College. As a precaution, the school canceled classes and shut down dining halls for the remainder of Thursday, as well as all of Friday.

Concordia Launches up2U Partnership with M State

February 12, 2016

Concordia (MN) and Minnesota State Community and Technical College announced a new partnership that will help graduates of M State complete their bachelor’s degree at Concordia. Students must enroll in the up2U program as incoming freshmen at M State, meet academic standards and demonstrate critical thinking and writing skills while completing an M State degree within three years.

How Right-Wing Billionaires Infiltrated Higher Education

Chronicle of Higher Education
February 12, 2016

If there was a single event that galvanized conservative donors to try to wrest control of higher education in America, it might have been the uprising at Cornell University on April 20, 1969.

ACT Essay Scores Are Inexplicably Low, Causing Uproar Among College-bound Students

Washington Post
February 12, 2016

Many students are in an uproar over a change to the ACT that has yielded what they call inexplicably low scores on the essay section of the nation’s most widely used college admission test.

Capital University Picks Florida School's Provost as New President

Columbus Business First (OH)
February 12, 2016

Capital University (OH) has chosen the provost at Stetson University in central Florida as its next president, replacing the retiring Denvy Bowman.  The private Bexley school chose Elizabeth Paul to be its 16th leader. Paul has been the top academic officer at Stetson since 2009. 

Md. Private Universities Launch Matching Grant Program for Low-income Students

Baltimore, Md., Sun
February 12, 2016

Maryland's private universities launched a new financial aid program Thursday to match a state grant given to Maryland students with financial need.

Senators: Education Dept Should Cut Off Aid to Colleges That Deny Students Their Day in Court

Huffington Post
February 12, 2016

Nine Senators, led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), called on the U.S. Department of Education to cut off federal student aid to colleges and universities that bar their students from going to court to pursue claims against their schools.

Obama to Nominate King as Secretary of Education

Inside Higher Ed
February 12, 2016

In a reversal, President Obama now plans to nominate John B. King Jr. as secretary of education, the White House announced Thursday.

Applicants Want Mix of Old and New Technology in Recruitment, Survey Finds

Chronicle of Higher Education
February 11, 2016

Now that most teenagers have access to a smartphone, they want colleges to text them — except when they don’t. Student recruitment is complicated like that, as a new national survey of college-bound students suggests. Although most respondents (57 percent) said they were willing to receive texts from colleges, some kinds of messages appealed to them more than others. The vast majority were open to time-sensitive texts about application deadlines (86 percent), responses to specific questions (82 percent), and reminders about events they had registered for (75 percent).

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