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14 Locations of DeVry U. Will Close, Parent Company Announces

The DeVry Education Group will close 14 campuses of its namesake DeVry University by the end of the year, the company said on Thursday as it announced declines in enrollments and earnings for the fiscal quarter ending in March.

For the March session at DeVry University, new undergraduate enrollments decreased by 17.2 percent, to 4,156, compared with 5,018 the previous year, the company said in a news release. Total undergraduate enrollments were down 15 percent, to 36,188. Graduate-level enroll…


Head of Communication School at U. of Central Florida Reportedly Resigns

The director of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication has resigned amid allegations that he double-dipped on reimbursements for travel expenses, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The director, Robert C. Chandler, sought reimbursements from the school as well as from the organizations that hosted conferences or events he attended, the newspaper said.

Mr. Chandler reportedly has repaid $26,000 to the university but denies having done anything wrong. In a March 25 lette…


Arizona State and edX Will Offer an Online Freshman Year, Open to All

Arizona State University is joining with the MOOC provider edX in a project that it says “reimagines the freshman year” and opens a new low-cost, low-risk path to a college degree for students anywhere in the world.

The project, called the Global Freshman Academy, will offer a set of eight courses designed to fulfill the general-education requirements of a freshman year at Arizona State at a fraction of the cost students typically pay, and students can begin taking courses without going through …


M.H. Abrams, ‘Norton Anthology’ Founder and Longtime Professor at Cornell, Dies

M.H. Abrams, the influential literary critic, longtime professor of English at Cornell University, and founding editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, died on Tuesday, the university announced. He was 102.

Meyer Howard Abrams (he went by Mike) was born in 1912 and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in English from Harvard University. He also studied at the University of Cambridge, in England. He came to Cornell in 1945 as an assistant professor and retired in 1983, but rema…


Northwest Nazarene U. Puts Layoffs on Hold After Faculty Protest

Northwest Nazarene University, a Christian institution in Idaho, has put on hold a plan to lay off six employees, including a popular professor of theology whose pending removal had prompted protests and a faculty vote of no confidence in the university’s president, the Idaho Statesman reports.

The professor, Thomas Jay Oord, and the other affected faculty and staff members had been expected to leave Northwest Nazarene at the end of the academic year, as part of budget shifts announced by the u…


Business School That Chased Rankings Ran Up a Deficit, Audit Finds

The University of Missouri at Kansas City allowed its business school to run up an operating deficit of nearly $11 million as it pursued a national and global reputation, since tarnished by a rankings scandal, The Kansas City Star reports.

The link between the deficit and that bid for greater status is the conclusion of a new audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers that focused on financial issues at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. The report comes on the heels of an earlier audit requested by Gov. Jay Nixon after a Kansas City Star investigation reported that faculty members had submitted false data to get top rankings for the school’s entrepreneurship program.

The new audit shows the Bloch school’s operating shortfall increased from $1.5 million in 2009 to $10.6 million in the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2014. The school’s total revenue in 2014 was $19.4 million.

The Bloch School has been able to balance its budget each year by dipping into the university’s reserve fund, UMKC spokeswoman Stacy Downs said. The $10.6 million eventually will be repaid from the school’s revenue, she said.Efforts to boost the Bloch School of Management’s reputation cost more than revenues brought in, the auditors say. Now the school has to repay the $10.6 million borrowed from UMKC reserves. In addition to raising concerns about the deficit, the new report calls for better internal controls over travel and expense budgets, among other issues.

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Wealth Gap Between Richest Colleges and Others Is Expected to Grow

The nation’s 40 wealthiest universities are getting richer, and their endowments are growing at a faster rate than those of other institutions, The Wall Street Journal says, citing a report to be published on Thursday by Moody’s Investors Service.

The 10 richest institutions held nearly one-third of total cash and investments at four-year colleges in the 2014 fiscal year, while the top 40 institutions accounted for two-thirds of the wealth, the report says. Moody’s officials add that the gap bet…


College of DuPage Faces Federal Investigation, Too

The College of DuPage, a community college in Illinois whose spending and other decisions have recently come under scrutiny from DuPage County prosecutors and state education officials, now faces a federal inquiry, too, the Chicago Tribune reports. A federal grand jury issued subpoenas this week that seek documents related to spending and other matters at the college.

The subpoenas follow a Tribune investigation that raised questions about a number of decisions at the college, including a $763,…


Cooper Union’s Board Offers Not to Renew President’s Contract

The Board of Trustees of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art has offered not to renew the contract of the institution’s president in the hope that such a move would help end litigation and an investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The president, Jamshed Bharucha, took office in 2011 when concerns were already growing about the prestigious arts and engineering school’s finances. It was running deficits despite owning …


Review Calls Magazine’s UVa Rape Story a ‘Journalistic Failure’

The discredited Rolling Stone article that alleged a horrific rape at the University of Virginia, pitching the campus into turmoil for weeks, was a “journalistic failure that was avoidable,” according to a review of the magazine’s reporting by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The magazine article described the gang rape of a student, identified only as Jackie, during a party at a fraternity house. The article’s publication in November triggered a series of responses at UVa, i…