All posts by Charles Huckabee


New Laws in Calif. Will Allow 4-Year Degrees at 2-Year Colleges and More ‘Dream’ Aid

Gov. Jerry Brown of California acted on Sunday on several bills that affect higher education, including signing into law measures that will allow some of the state’s community colleges to grant four-year degrees and that will let public university students who can’t take out federal loans because of their immigration status borrow from their colleges instead.

With Mr. Brown’s signature on the community-college bill, California joins 21 other states that have given two-year colleges the authority…


Group Sues Mass. Attorney General Over New Rules on For-Profit Colleges

A group that represents for-profit colleges in Massachusetts has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the state’s attorney general of imposing unlawful and unduly burdensome regulations on the colleges, the Boston Herald reports.

The attorney general, Martha Coakley, announced the regulations in June. In a news release issued at the time, her office said its investigations had shown that stronger standards and consumer protections were needed. The regulations require all for-profit and occupational …


San Jose State U. Failed to Report Fiscal Improprieties, Audit Says

A special audit by the California State University system has found fiscal improprieties at San Jose State University and says campus leaders knew about the problems but failed to report them to the state, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Some of the problems involved questionable expenditures by a former head of San Jose State’s department of justice studies, who has since left the university. San Jose State conducted its own review of the department in 2013, in response to a whistle-blower …


U. of Southern Maine Will Close 3 Programs; More Cuts May Follow

The trustees of the University of Maine system voted unanimously on Monday to eliminate three academic programs at the University of Southern Maine as part of that institution’s plan to close a budget deficit that seems to grow at every mention and is now estimated at $16-million.

Southern Maine’s interim president, David T. Flanagan, had pegged the deficit at $15-million just last month, but told the trustees on Monday that it had grown because of lower-than-expected enrollment this fall, the


Florida State U. Rethinks a Penalty for Its Controversial Star Quarterback

Florida State University suspended its controversial star quarterback, Jameis Winston, for Saturday’s game against Clemson University, according to reports by the Tallahassee Democrat and The New York Times, but it wasn’t known until late Friday night that Mr. Winston had been suspended for the entire game.

The university first said on Wednesday that in response to an incident on Tuesday, in which he allegedly stood on a table in the student union and shouted an obscene and sexually explicit re…


Christian Student Group Loses Official Status at Cal State

A Christian student group has lost its standing as an official student organization at California State University because it has declined to comply with a university policy that prohibits Cal State campuses from recognizing any student group that denies membership and leadership to students based on a variety of factors, including religion, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported.

The group, the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, is open to all students, but its bylaws require chapter leaders to…


Appeals Court Reverses Conviction Over Threatening Poem Sent to Professor

A federal appeals court has tossed out the conviction of a former Utah Valley University student who was found guilty of a felony for sending a professor an email containing a violent anti-immigrant poem, according to reports by the Associated Press and The Salt Lake Tribune.

The poem, sent from the email username “siegheil_neocon” to a professor at the University of Utah, contained such phrases as “we will … detain you and slay you, by a bowie knife shoved up into the skull” and “we put the noo…


U.S. Investigates Alleged Sexual Hazing on W.Va. College’s Baseball Team

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Davis & Elkins College, a small, private institution in West Virginia, regarding complaints of hazing and sexual harassment involving the college’s baseball team, The Charleston Gazette reported.

A lawyer representing a former student baseball player said his client had left the college and had given up an athletic scholarship after allegedly being subjected to unwanted sexual touching multiple times by at least one upperclassman on the team. The…


Paterno Estate Can Challenge NCAA Sanctions Against Penn State, Judge Rules

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that a lawsuit in which the family of the former football coach Joe Paterno challenged the NCAA’s sanctions against Pennsylvania State University can go forward, but the judge pared back the scope of the suit and said three active members of the university’s Board of Trustees, among other individuals, could not remain as plaintiffs in the case, according to reports by the Centre Daily Times and the Associated Press.

The ruling, by Senior Judge John B. Leete of the …


Appeals Court Says $380-Million Suit Against Yeshiva U. Was Filed Too Late

A federal appellate court has ruled that plaintiffs in a $380-million lawsuit against Yeshiva University, who alleged that the institution had covered up decades of physical and sexual abuse of students at its high school, cannot sue for damages because they waited too long to file their complaint, The New York Times reports.

The ruling, issued on Thursday by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, affirms a lower-court judge’s decision in January to dismiss the …