Nontenure-Track Faculty at Ithaca College Forms a Union

Nontenure-track faculty members at Ithaca College will form a union affiliated with Service Employees International Union, The Ithaca Journal reported on Tuesday. The New York college said it would not support their efforts.

The contingent faculty members filed for a union election, without the Ithaca administration’s support, through the National Labor Relations Board. The group said its members want better job security and a stronger voice at the college.

Nontenure-track faculty members will n…


DePaul President Condemns Protesters Who Shouted Down Controversial Speaker

The president of DePaul University has condemned protesters who shut down a speech by a conservative pundit on Tuesday, and has apologized to the College Republicans chapter that sponsored the event. In a message to the Illinois campus on Wednesday morning, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider said he had been “sorry to see” video of the protest and news reports about it.

Video of the event shows two protesters taking the stage where Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart contributor and well-known conserva…


U. of Akron Will Not Rehire ‘Success Coaches’ for Freshmen

The University of Akron will not renew contracts providing “success coaches” for new freshmen, The Plain Dealer reported on Wednesday.

The 16 coaches worked with about 275 students each in the 4,278-member freshman class.

The coaches were mostly Akron graduates who each earned $28,000 to $32,000 a year to follow students through their careers, at Akron and beyond.

The university’s Faculty Senate has criticized the coaches and how effective they would be for their cost.

According to a university …


Baylor Won’t Comment on Report That Ken Starr Is Fired as President

Following a report that Baylor University’s Board of Regents had fired Kenneth W. Starr as its president, the university said on Tuesday that it would not respond to “rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources.”

Citing anonymous sources, the website reported Tuesday morning that the regents had fired Mr. Starr.


Chancellor Is Criticized for Cellphone Use During Commencement

The chancellor of the Alamo Colleges is facing a backlash for using his cellphone as graduates walked across the stage in front of him during commencement last weekend at Palo Alto College, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Monday.

The chancellor, Bruce Leslie, was criticized on social media after pictures circulated of his phone use during the Texas college’s graduation ceremony.

Mr. Leslie was on the phone for about 40 minutes while on stage, said Tony Villanueva, president of Palo Alto’…


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize at Saint Louis U.

Adjunct faculty members in two divisions of Saint Louis University have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday.

Part-time instructors in the university’s College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences voted 89 to 28 in favor of forming a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. One hundred and fifty-six adjuncts were eligible to vote.

The vote followed successful union drives by the SEIU at other campuses in the St. Louis a…


Faculty Strike Begins at Green River Community College

Faculty members at Green River Community College began a strike on Monday to protest its proposal to cut 11 programs, The Seattle Times reports.

The faculty said the strike at the Washington college would last three days, in order to minimally disrupt students’ lives. The last day of the quarter is June 10.

This month the college’s faculty voted no confidence in President Eileen E. Ely over the proposed cuts. Under the proposal, five tenured and one tenure-track faculty member would lose their j…


Kentucky State President to Resign This Week

Kentucky State University’s president said on Monday he would resign at the end of this week.

In a news release issued by Kentucky State, Raymond M. Burse wrote that he was stepping down after two years at the university’s helm, effective on Friday.

“At this juncture, I have decided that the further demands and challenges of Kentucky State must be undertaken by new leadership,” he wrote. “I have come to this conclusion after nearly six months of personal assessments and evaluations, which has re…


U. of Iowa Investigates Possible Cheating in Online Courses

The University of Iowa is looking into whether students in online courses cheated by having other people take examinations for them, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

At least 30 potential cases of academic misconduct were being reviewed, according to the AP. If students are found to have been involved in cheating, they would face disciplinary measures including suspension or expulsion.

The company that Iowa retains to verify online courses, ProctorU, found possible inconsistencies in stu…


Asian-American Groups Accuse Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale of Bias in Admissions

A long list of Asian-American groups plans on Monday to call for federal investigations of Brown University, Dartmouth College, and Yale University for alleged discrimination in admissions.

The Asian American Coalition for Education, consisting of more than 100 local, state, and national Asian-American organizations, intends to ask the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the three institutions. Its letter of complaint to the two federal a…