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Missouri Governor Asks for Inquiry Into Business School’s Top Ranking

The governor of Missouri has called for an investigation into the validity of rankings that prominently featured the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s business school. Gov. Jay Nixon sent a letter to the university’s Board of Curators after an investigation by The Kansas City Star revealed previously undisclosed relationships between the university and the two authors of a study that ranked the Henry W. Bloch School of Management as No. 1 in the world in innovation management research.

The university released a statement on Thursday that disputed the newspaper’s findings: “We have not violated the public trust; we say this with confidence, based on multiple reviews of these issues conducted in academic circles long before The Kansas City Star became involved—reviews that found these criticisms to be without merit.”


Gov. Jay Nixon is calling for University of Missouri Curators to direct an independent investigation of UMKC business school rankings.

Read more at: www.kansascity.com

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EEOC Sues Harold Washington College Over Alleged Age Discrimination

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit accusing Harold Washington College, a two-year institution that is one of the City Colleges of Chicago, of discriminating against a job applicant because of her age, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The EEOC said the college had refused to hire a 66-year-old adjunct professor of English full time because of her age. The commission said the professor had been passed over in favor of younger, less-experienced candida…

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Cal State to Pay $2.5-Million to Settle Suit Over Student’s Shooting Death

California State University will pay $2.5-million to the family of a mentally ill graduate student on its San Bernardino campus who was shot to death in 2012 in an altercation with campus police officers, The Press-Enterprise reported.

The parents of the graduate student, Bartholomew Williams, had filed a federal lawsuit over his death. As part of the settlement to resolve the case, Cal State’s Board of Trustees denied any fault or liability. The agreement also called for the campus to reform …

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Report Blasts Spending by Former President of Westfield State U.

A report released on Thursday by the office of the inspector general of Massachusetts has accused Evan S. Dobelle, a former president of Westfield State University, of improperly racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in charges on university-issued credit cards, according to reports by The Boston Globe and The Republican, two Massachusetts newspapers.

Mr. Dobelle retired last year as the university’s president amid withering criticism of his spending practices. Allegations of improper spen…

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California Forbids U. of Phoenix Campus to Enroll More Veterans

The state of California has barred the University of Phoenix’s San Diego campus from enrolling more veterans in some of its programs, saying it violated a federal rule meant to discourage for-profit colleges from targeting armed-service members for enrollment.

A state watchdog conducted an audit that revealed seven programs on the campus had violated a rule stating that no more than 85 percent of students enrolled in a program can receive financial aid from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The for-profit university has disputed that assertion, saying only one program was found to have exceeded the 85-percent mark.

The move by California comes amid national skepticism of for-profit higher-education companies and their relationship with veterans. Just this week, U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, released a report stating that eight for-profits received almost a quarter of Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits in 2012-13. It also stated that enrollment of veterans by for-profit colleges has “dramatically increased” during the last four years, even as the colleges’ overall enrollment has dropped.


The state of California has banned the San Diego campus of the University of Phoenix from enrolling additional veterans in seven of its programs, joining a growing list of government agencies cracking down on for-profit colleges.

Read more at: online.wsj.com

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Papers Offer Strategies on Affordability and Access at Regional Public Universities

A set of papers released on Thursday by the public-policy firm HCM Strategists focuses on ways that regional universities can improve access and affordability for low-income students. The papers are part of a project called “Maximizing Resources for Student Success,” which was financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They focus on a range of topics including competency-based education, tuition and financial aid, reducing time-to-degree, and strengthening  transfer pathways for community-…

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Adjuncts Would Qualify for Loan Forgiveness Under Proposed Bill

Adjunct professors would become eligible for a federal student-loan-forgiveness plan available to public servants under the terms of a bill introduced on Thursday by Sen. Richard A. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program allows employees of nonprofit organizations—including full-time professors at public universities—to have their federal student loans forgiven after making 120 payments while working in that capacity. Eligibility for the program would be ex…

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Wisconsin’s High Court Upholds Law Restricting Rights of Public Unions

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a law that sharply limits the collective-bargaining rights of employees at public colleges and other state agencies, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

The law, designated as Act 10, passed in 2011 amid bitter protests. It prohibits the state from deducting union dues from employees’ paychecks and requires unions, including faculty unions, to renew their certification annually. Many public-safety workers are exempted from the certification provisi…

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Universities Are Pushed to Improve Lab Safety

Report: “Safe Science: Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Chemical Research”

Author: Committee on Establishing and Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Laboratory Research

Organization: National Research Council

Summary: The National Research Council formed a panel of university lab-safety experts after a series of campus accidents, including several deaths, emphasized that academic labs have a far worse safety record than their corporate counterparts do.

The result is a 100-page rep…