For-Profit Group Will Appeal Decision Upholding Gainful-Employment Rule

The main trade association of for-profit colleges will appeal a ruling that upholds the U.S. Education Department’s gainful-employment rule, the group announced in a news release on Thursday. Steve Gunderson, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, said in the release that the rule is “arbitrary and capricious and in violation of federal law.”

Judge John D. Bates, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, rejected that rationale last month, when h…


Here Are the Colleges Where Tuition Has Risen the Fastest

The U.S. Department of Education is out with its annual list of colleges whose tuition and net price have risen the fastest in recent years.

Here are the four-year public colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year public colleges where net price rose the most, as a percentage, from 2010-11 to 2012-13:

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And the four-year private colleges where tuition rose the most, as a percentage, from 2011-12 to 2013-14:

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And the four-year private college…


College Sues Middle States Commission Over Loss of Accreditation

Sojourner-Douglass College has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for revoking the institution’s accreditation over financial problems, The Baltimore Sun reports. In February the commission denied Sojourner-Douglass’s appeal of Middle States’ decision, announced last fall, and the predominantly black college was officially stripped of its accreditation on Tuesday.

Sojourner-Douglass asserts in its lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Maryland,…


Steven Salaita Says He Has a New Job, in Lebanon

[Updated (7/1/2015, 9:15 p.m.) with additional details from Mr. Salaita's lawyer.]

Steven G. Salaita, the professor whose job offer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was revoked after his anti-Israel tweets drew criticism, has a new job. Mr. Salaita announced on Twitter he will be chair of American studies at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon:


Student-Debt-Relief Firm Will Shut Its Doors After New York Investigation

[Updated (7/1/2015, 9:09 p.m.) with news of a lawsuit against another company supposedly helping borrowers with debts.]

A business offering student-loan “debt relief” will close its doors as part of an agreement with New York’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo. The Times Union, a newspaper in Albany, reports that an investigation by Mr. Cuomo’s office found that Interactiv Education LLC advertised it could lower student-loan payments when, in fact, it just filled out a loan-consolidation form that is a…


AAUP Protests Louisiana State’s Firing of Professor Over Profanity

The American Association of University Professors has threatened to take unspecified action against Louisiana State University over its dismissal of a tenured faculty member accused of using obscene language and making sexually explicit jokes in class.

In a letter on Tuesday to F. King Alexander, the university system’s president, the AAUP demanded that it reconsider its decision last month to fire Teresa K. Buchanan, a tenured associate professor of curriculum and instruction, based on accusati…


After Controversy, UMass Rolls Out New Measures for Iranian Students

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has unveiled new measures concerning its treatment of Iranian students, four months after a short-lived controversy in which the institution banned some such students from certain graduate programs, The Boston Globe reports.

The university announced the ban in February, saying it was necessary to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran. But it reversed the ban just days later, after it drew heated criticism.

The university will continue to admit Iranian graduate students, but it will require faculty members and the students to undergo new training. It will also require international students to write, and obtain faculty approval of, a summary of their research before traveling abroad. Last December an Iranian student went home for the holidays and was denied re-entry to the United States after being questioned by federal officials. The student is still in Iran.

Iranian students Tuesday had mixed reactions to the new measures. One student praised the fact that Iranian students were included in the process of drafting the measures and said the school listened to their suggestions. “We are pleased to see students do … training instead of being rejected only based on their nationality,” said Ali Rakhshan, a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering and past president of the Iranian Graduate Student Association at UMass, which spoke out against the initial policy banning Iranian graduate students.

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How One Professor’s Tweets Got Her Fired — or So It Seemed at First

At 3:43 p.m. on Tuesday, the University of Memphis made an announcement:

Cue rumors that Ms. Robinson, an assistant professor of sociology, had been fired for statements she made on Twitter about whiteness and the Confederate flag. Conservative websites were abuzz on Tuesday with articles quoting from the sociologist’s Twitter account. For instance, The Washington Times reported that Ms…


NYU’s Controversial Expansion Plan Gets Final Court Approval

New York State’s highest court has rejected a challenge to New York University’s planned expansion in Greenwich Village, clearing the way for the controversial project to go forward.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that just because “a portion of the public may have believed that these parcels are permanent parkland does not warrant a contrary result.” Critics of the project, which will add roughly two million square feet to the college campus, have called it a misuse of public land. The New York City Council approved the project in 2012.

A college spokesman, John Beckman, told the newspaper, “We look forward to moving ahead with the project, which is vital to meeting NYU’s pressing academic-space needs.”

Correction (6/30/2015, 6:04 p.m.): This post originally mischaracterized an aspect of NYU’s plan. The expansion involves land in Greenwich Village that the university has owned for years, not newly acquired land. The post has been updated to reflect this correction.

New York University to grow in Greenwich Village by 2 million square feet New York’s highest court on Tuesday ruled in favor of New York University’s expansion plan, a decision that paves the way for the school to grow in Greenwich Village by some 2 million square feet.

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Students in Washington State Will See Their Tuition Drop

Students at public colleges in Washington State will get a rare tuition decrease over the next two years — and a relatively sizable one. The Seattle Times reports that the two-year budget passed by the state’s Legislature on Monday will cut tuition at the University of Washington and Washington State University by 15 percent over two years; at Western, Central, and Eastern Washington Universities by 20 percent; and at community and technical colleges by 5 percent. Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, is expected to sign the budget on Tuesday.

OLYMPIA – The state budget agreement reached by lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee over the weekend would cut college tuition at state schools and add new revenue, mostly by closing a handful of tax exemptions and preferential tax rates.

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