All posts by Nick DeSantis


Wis. Lawmakers Reject Governor’s Plan to Scrap For-Profit Oversight Agency

State legislators in Wisconsin have voted down a controversial proposal by Gov. Scott Walker to eliminate an agency that oversees for-profit colleges, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The proposal to eliminate the state’s Educational Approval Board was part of Mr. Walker’s budget, which also drew controversy for proposing steep cuts in the University of Wisconsin system in exchange for giving the system more independence.

The Wisconsin Legislature rejected the governor’s autonomy proposal t…


W.Va. Court Shields Researcher’s Records on Health Effects of Mining

The West Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday shielded from disclosure a former West Virginia University researcher’s records of his work concerning the health effects of mountaintop-removal mining, The Charleston Gazette reported.

The scholar, Michael Hendryx, who is now a professor at Indiana University at Bloomington, led research that found that people living near mountaintop-removal mines faced higher risks of cancer and premature death. A mining company had sued the university for access to …


Temple U. Professor Is Charged With Offering China Sensitive Technology

The chairman of Temple University’s physics department has been charged in connection with an alleged scheme to provide China with sensitive U.S. defense technology, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Federal prosecutors said in a news release that the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, had been indicted on four counts of wire fraud. He allegedly sought prestigious appointments in China in exchange for providing information about a device invented by a private American company.

The charges were announced …


College Chiefs in Illinois Enjoy ‘Fantasy World of Lavish Perks,’ Report Says

A report by members of the Illinois State Senate asserts that the state’s public-college presidents enjoy a “fantasy world of lavish perks,” many of which have been awarded without taxpayer input, the Chicago Tribune says.

The report stemmed from an investigation into presidential compensation that followed a controversy over a lucrative severance deal for Robert L. Breuder, president of the College of DuPage.

Many colleges have asserted that the kinds of perks criticized in the report are neces…


Bible-College Professor Leaves Job After Criticizing Church Over Sex Scandal

A professor at a small Bible college in Florissant, Mo., who has been a vocal critic of a local church’s handling of a sex-abuse scandal said the matter had prompted him to resign from his job at St. Louis Christian College, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The professor, Douglas Lay, had been a member of the First Christian Church of Florissant, which has close ties to the college, according to the newspaper. He and others in the church’s congregation argued that church leaders had mishand…


Ohio Court Says Private-College Police Forces Are Subject to Open-Records Law

A sharply divided Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that private-college police departments are subject to the state’s open-records law, the Associated Press reported.

In a 4-to-3 decision concerning an Otterbein University student journalist’s pursuit of campus-police records, the court said that a private entity could be considered a public office when it performs a governmental function.

“Here, the mere fact that Otterbein is a private institution does not preclude its police department fr…


Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Will Go Fully Coeducational

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a women’s institution in Indiana, announced on Tuesday that it would admit men to its undergraduate program for the first time, the Associated Press reported.

The Roman Catholic college already enrolls men in its online and graduate programs. The college said its board voted this month to go fully coeducational. It will begin accepting applications from men as commuter students immediately, for admission in the fall of 2015. The college said it expected to enroll…


U. of Kentucky Overhauls Body-Donation Program After Audit Finds Problems

The University of Kentucky on Tuesday said it was overhauling a program for handling bodies donated to science after an audit found problems with the program’s administration, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The newspaper published an article in January describing significant backlogs that were preventing the remains of people who had donated their bodies from being buried.

“I want to apologize on behalf of the entire UK community for the failings we have uncovered in this important progra…


Columbia Student Carries Symbolic Mattress at Graduation Ceremony

Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia University student who has protested the campus administration’s decision to exonerate a peer she had accused of rape, on Tuesday walked across the stage at her graduation ceremony carrying the mattress that is part of her anti-sexual-assault art project, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Ms. Sulkowicz has gained widespread attention for the art project, in which she vowed to carry the mattress as long as she and the student she accused attended the same institution….


U.S. Delays Requirement on Tuition Breaks for Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week that it was pushing back the deadline for states to comply with a law that requires public colleges to charge veterans lower in-state tuition rates, regardless of their state of residency.

President Obama signed the legislation, known as the Veterans’ Access to Care Through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014, into law last summer. The measure was set to take effect on July 1, but the department said in a news release t…