All posts by Andy Thomason


University Police Officer Is Among Those Killed in Planned Parenthood Shooting

A campus police officer was among those killed in a Friday shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs. The New York Times reports Garrett Swasey, a member of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police force, was one of the three people killed in an hours-long standoff between a gunman and police at the center.

The Times reports Mr. Swasey had been a member of the force for six years. He had two young children and was active in his church, according to the newspaper.



Why Is Dartmouth Still Boiling Over a Protest That Happened 2 Weeks Ago?

On November 12 a large group of protesters at Dartmouth College finished a night of demonstrations about racism by entering a campus library, disrupting students at work there, and loudly chanting “black lives matter.”

Twelve days later the college is still responding to the protest. On Monday it released its third statement in less than two weeks in response to the demonstration, with the president, Philip J. Hanlon, condemning “reports of vulgar epithets, personal insults, and intimidating act…


Senior Official Will Leave Education Dept.

A senior official at the U.S. Department of Education will step down next month, the department announced on Tuesday.

Jamienne Studley, deputy under secretary and acting assistant secretary of the Office of Postsecondary Education, will leave on December 18 to “go back home to be with her family in the Bay Area,” said an email from Ted Mitchell, the department’s under secretary.

Ms. Studley has been influential in the department’s accountability efforts, which Mr. Mitchell emphasized in his mess…


No, Your College Probably Doesn’t Have a ‘White Student Union’

In response to widespread protests over racism on college campuses, a new movement has taken root — the “white student union.” Facebook pages affiliated with more than two dozen campuses have popped up like weeds over the past few days, with news outlets both national and local taking note.

Except it’s not a movement: Many of the pages seem to be nothing more than thinly disguised copies of each other, with little to no connection to the colleges themselves.

A post on the blogging website Medium…


Citing ‘Rapid’ Changes in Higher Ed, Kilian Community College Will Close

Kilian Community College, a two-year institution in South Dakota, will close at the end of May 2016, The Sioux Falls Business Journal reports.

The college’s Board of Trustees voted on the closure on Thursday, and the president, Mark Millage, told students, faculty, staff, and donors about the decision in a message on Friday. “This was a very difficult decision,” he said. “Kilian has a rich, 38-year history of serving our community. But the reality is that the business of higher education is chan…


Photos of Black Professors Are Defaced at Harvard Law School

Black tape was found covering the faces of black Harvard Law School professors on framed photographs outside a lecture hall on Thursday, a day after students there held a rally in solidarity with other campuses protesting racism across the country.

Photos of the taped-over pictures circulated on Twitter:


Smith College Protesters Bar Journalists From Covering Sit-In Unless They Support the Cause

Student protesters at Smith College barred journalists from a sit-in on Wednesday that drew a crowd of hundreds unless they agreed to support the cause, reports The Republican, a newspaper in Springfield, Mass.

The sit-in was held in solidarity with protesters at the University of Missouri, who have for months spoken out against the treatment of black students on the campus, and who last week succeeded in forcing the resignations of the system’s president and the flagship campus’s chancellor.



Tuition Revenue Is Expected to Be Stagnant Again Next Year, Moody’s Says

Public and private colleges and universities alike expect tuition revenue to be relatively stagnant in the 2016 fiscal year, according to Moody’s Investors Service’s annual tuition survey.

A report on the survey said that both public and private institutions project about a 2-percent increase in net tuition revenue, in keeping with a trend of “muted” growth also observed in last year’s report.

The survey, which drew responses from about 170 institutions, also found that nearly two-thirds of publ…


15% of Female Freshmen Are Raped While Incapacitated, Study Suggests

Roughly 15 percent of female college students are raped while incapacitated by alcohol or drugs during their freshman year, according to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

The study, which was based on a survey of 483 female freshmen at an unidentified university in New York State, found that 18 percent said they had been raped while incapacitated before college, and, of those, 41 percent reported being raped again while incapacitated.

The role of alcohol in ca…


After Decades of Hand-Wringing, U. of North Dakota Has a New Nickname

The University of North Dakota, at long last, has a new nickname, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

“Fighting Hawks” will replace “Fighting Sioux” as the university’s new moniker, ending a decades-long struggle over whether to discontinue the longtime Sioux mascot, which some students, faculty members, and alumni assailed as racist. Among the forces opposing the nickname’s removal were several lawsuits and, most recently, a former mayor’s effort to trademark the possible replacements.

The new nick…