Budget Cuts Prompt U. of North Dakota to Eliminate More Than 100 Positions

The University of North Dakota will cut 138 positions, including 51 on the faculty, in response to state budget retrenchment, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

The institution’s interim president, Ed Schafer, announced the cuts at Thursday’s meeting of the state’s Board of Higher Education. The university, in Grand Forks, faces a $21.5-million reduction, the AP reported.

Earlier this month the university announced it would eliminate its men’s golf and baseball programs because of the bu…


Duke’s President Will Step Down in 2017

Duke University’s president, Richard H. Brodhead, will resign from his post on June 30, 2017, at the end of the next academic year, a university news release said on Thursday.

Mr. Brodhead took the reins at Duke in 2004, two years before a lacrosse scandal in which three white Duke lacrosse players were falsely accused of rape by a black student at North Carolina Central University.

The criminal case and the university’s response sparked national debates about college athletes’ behavior, the rol…


Middle Tenn. State President Wants to Strip Confederate General’s Name From Building

Middle Tennessee State University’s president, Sidney A. McPhee, is recommending the renaming of Forrest Hall, which honors the Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, reports The Tennessean.

The move to rename the building, which houses the campus’s ROTC program, began last year, when Mr. McPhee convened a task force to examine the name following a church massacre in Charleston, S.C., in which nine black people were shot to death by a white supremacist. Critics of the name have cited Forres…


U. of Utah Plays Down Honorary-Degree Recipient’s Role in ‘Hate Groups’

After drawing attention from online commenters, the University of Utah has removed references on its website to an honorary-degree recipient’s leadership of two anti-LGBT groups, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

The website originally mentioned the philanthropist Lynette Nielsen Gay’s involvement with Family Watch International and the World Congress of Families, both of which have advocated restrictions on LGBT rights, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled them as “hate …


Yale Keeps Name for College That Honors a Slavery Apologist

[Last updated (4/27/2016, 10:19 p.m.) with comments from Peter Salovey, Yale's president.]

Yale University will retain the name of an undergraduate college that honors John C. Calhoun, an alumnus who served as a U.S. senator and vice president during the 19th century and was a vocal supporter of slavery.

Yale announced its decision and a series of other moves in a news release on Wednesday evening. The university added that it would drop the title of “master” to refer to the leader of each r…


George Mason Faculty Calls on Leaders to Abandon Scalia Name for Law School

George Mason University’s Faculty Senate voted on Wednesday to condemn the renaming of the university’s law school to honor the late Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court. BuzzFeed News reported that the body had voted 21 to 13 to call for the renaming process to be reopened. The vote is only symbolic.

At the meeting, BuzzFeed reported, faculty members slammed the university not only for its choice of name, but also for accepting, in exchange for the Scalia renaming, $30 million from the c…


UC-Davis Chancellor Is Placed on Leave

[Last updated (4/28/2016, 9:40 a.m.) with a statement from the office of president of the University of California system.]

The chancellor of the University of California at Davis, Linda P.B. Katehi, was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday night, pending an investigation of information that “raises serious questions” about whether she may have violated university policies, according to a statement from the office of the president of the University of California system.

The system’s pre…


Maine’s Governor Calls Protesting Students ‘Idiots’ and Storms Off Stage

[Updated (4/27/2016, 4:44 p.m.) with Mr. LePage's apology and a video of the incident.]

Gov. Paul R. LePage of Maine stormed off the stage in the middle of a speech on Tuesday after seeing two students holding up signs that criticized him during a dedication ceremony at the University of Maine at Farmington, reports the Portland Press Herald.

The Republican governor, who has drawn criticism from academic leaders during his term, was the featured speaker at the dedication of an education center …


Justice Dept. Changes Counterespionage Tactics After Wrongful Arrest of Temple U. Professor

The U.S. Justice Department has announced a new national-security protocol meant to prevent cases like those that have misidentified Chinese-Americans as spies, The New York Times reports.

Last September the department dropped such charges against Xi Xiaoxing, a Temple University physicist who was accused in May 2015 of selling secrets to his native China.

Mr. Xi was at least the fifth Chinese-American arrested and wrongfully suspected of economic espionage in a little more than a year.

Now, acc…


Minnesota State Officials Shelve Controversial Rule to Examine Employee Cellphones

Administrators in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system have shelved a controversial rule that let university officials examine employees’ personal cellphones, the Star Tribune reported on Monday.

The rule, which took effect on April 1, would have allowed administrators to look over employees’ private phones, computers, and other mobile devices they use for work. The rule has drawn resistance from state lawmakers and university employees alike.

The system decided to put a hold on …