For-Profit Giant Cautions That New-Student Enrollment May Drop by Half

New-student enrollment at institutions run by ITT Educational Services Inc. may drop by 45 to 60 percent over roughly the next six months, compared with the same period a year earlier, according to a new corporate filing by the company. ITT, which operates more than 130 campuses and enrolls more than 40,000 students, has long been under scrutiny by several agencies, including the U.S. Education Department, which last year tightened its restrictions on the company’s access to federal student aid.


Judge Blocks Kentucky Governor’s Order Abolishing U. of Louisville Board

[Updated (7/29/2016, 1:05 p.m.) with a statement from Governor Bevin's office.]

A Kentucky judge has temporarily blocked Gov. Matt Bevin’s executive order dissolving the University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees and establishing a new one. The order, signed by Phillip J. Shepherd, a Franklin County Circuit Court judge, grants a motion for a temporary injunction filed by the state’s attorney general, Andy Beshear.

“The record here is devoid of any legal or factual precedent for a governor to a…


Suffolk U. and Its President Abruptly Part Ways

Margaret A. McKenna is “no longer serving as president” of Suffolk University, the chairman of the Boston institution’s Board of Trustees announced in a statement emailed to reporters on Thursday, and the university has begun a search for a new leader.

The chairman, Robert C. Lamb Jr., thanked Ms. McKenna for her service but did not describe the circumstances of her departure.

According to The Boston Globe, Ms. McKenna said in a statement on Thursday night that she had been fired. She called th…


Why Is UVa Under Title IX Investigation Again?

[Updated (7/28/2016, 4:30 p.m.) with a statement from the university.]

The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights said on Wednesday that the University of Virginia was under investigation for its handling of sexual violence under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

The announcement triggered a sense of déjà vu among close watchers of the office’s weekly list of institutions under investigation because the university is no stranger to federal scrutiny on Title IX. In fac…


U. of Louisville Board Accepts Ramsey’s Resignation as President

The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday accepted President James R. Ramsey’s resignation, The Courier-Journal reported, after a series of scandals culminated in a wholesale shake-up of the institution’s governance.

Last month Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, announced that Mr. Ramsey would resign and that all members of the board would be replaced with new members. After delaying its meeting on the matter by one day, the new board met in executive session until late Wednesd…


Spelman College Is Accused of Inaction After Anonymous Report of Gang Rape

Nearly three months after a report of a gang rape of a Spelman College student sparked demonstrations and a social-media firestorm, the anonymous Twitter user who identified herself as the victim of that assault says that Spelman officials have not met with her or taken any action.

In May, after the alleged victim described being raped by four male students from neighboring Morehouse College at an off-campus party during her freshman year, Spelman’s president, Mary Schmidt Campbell, pledged “a…


U. of Michigan Settles Lawsuit Filed by Dismissed Graduate Student

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor will pay $165,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Jennifer Dibbern, a graduate student who was dismissed from the university’s engineering program in 2011, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Half of the money will go to her lawyers, according to documents obtained by the AP.

The university settled with Ms. Dibbern before a trial, scheduled for June, and after many of her claims had been dismissed by a judge, the AP reported. Ms. Dibbern, who was a do…


Charges Are Dropped Against Yale Worker Who Purposely Broke Window Depicting Slavery

Prosecutors have dropped charges against the Yale University worker who smashed a stained-glass window at the university’s Calhoun College with images of slaves, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

In June, Corey Menafee, a dining-services worker, smashed the window with a broomstick, saying he was tired of seeing pictures of slaves in the dining hall. After Mr. Menafee was charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor reckless endangerment, the university asked prosecutors to drop…


Louisville Board Still Hasn’t Accepted Its President’s Resignation

The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees postponed a meeting on Tuesday at which it was slated to consider the resignation of James R. Ramsey, the university’s embattled president, The Courier-Journal reports. The meeting will now take place on Wednesday afternoon.

Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, announced last month that Mr. Ramsey would step down and that the entire Board of Trustees would be dissolved and replaced with a new board. That new, 13-member board is expected to accept Mr. …


Smithsonian Institution Is Hiring a Beer Scholar

Beer and history lovers, it’s time to polish up your résumé because the Smithsonian is hiring.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History plans to hire a historian for its American Brewing History Initiative. The historian will lead field and archival research for a new project on American brewing history with an emphasis on craft brewing.

The gig requires an advanced degree in American brewing, business, food, culture, or other, similar specialties in history.

A successfu…