The American Bar Association announced on Wednesday that its accreditation committee had censured Rutgers University at Camden’s School of Law for violating a standard pertaining to the use of admissions tests.
In a news release, the association said the committee had found that the law school, without first obtaining a variance from the association, had operated an admissions program that permitted some applicants to use a standardized graduate-admissions test to gain admission without taking the Law School Admission Test. The association said the law school subsequently qualified for such a variance but suspended the admissions program in question.
The committee fined the law school $25,000 and required the school to post the censure on its website for a year.
The American Association of University Professors on Tuesday released a draft report that seeks to affirm the principles of academic freedom in an evolving digital landscape, asserting that such freedoms apply equally to communication in electronic and traditional formats.
The report builds on the conclusions of a 2004 association report on the same topic, reaffirming that document’s overarching principle that academic freedoms should not be limited any more in electronic communications than t…
A University of Southern California neuroscientist who proposed that emotions play a central role in how people make decisions has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology, the University of Louisville announced on Tuesday.
Antonio R. Damasio was honored for his “somatic-marker hypothesis,” which has influenced psychology, neuroscience, and other fields. He will receive a $100,000 prize for his work.
Mr. Damasio’s honor is one of five annual Grawemeyer Awards, and he is the second USC sch…
Morgan State University’s chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity has been put on probation until 2015 after an investigation into a student’s complaint that the fraternity rejected him because he is gay, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The student, Brian Stewart, filed a complaint with the Maryland university in October, citing derogatory social-media messages that he said had been sent between fraternity members.
A university spokesman told the newspaper that a disciplinary panel investigating the complaint had concluded that the chapter violated policies on discrimination. Three students in the fraternity also faced a judicial review, but the spokesman declined to comment on whether those individuals had received additional punishment.
The governing board of Santa Fe Community College voted on Monday to fire the college’s president, Ana M. (Cha) Guzmán, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.
The vote was 3-to-2 to fire Ms. Guzmán, for what the board said was just cause. The same three board members who voted last month to place her on leave also voted for her termination.
Ms. Guzmán’s supporters credit her with carrying out programs to improve student recruitment and retention while cutting costs. Her critics say she did not co…
A University of Southern California professor whose research focuses on international security has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, the University of Louisville announced on Monday.
Jacques E.C. Hymans, an associate professor of international relations at USC, was honored for his 2012 book Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians and Proliferation, which explores nuclear-weapons programs in developing nations and the reasons why many such projects have f…
The U.S. Air Force has created a secretive program to recruit cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy to serve as informants and report on misconduct by their peers, according to The Gazette, a Colorado Springs newspaper. The Gazette identified four informants, three of whom spoke to the paper about their experience with the Office of Special Investigations, a law-enforcement arm of the Air Force that they said had recruited them as informants.
The Air Force’s top commander and members of the academy’s civilian oversight board said they did not know about the program. Academy commanders and the special-investigations office declined requests for interviews, with the office saying in a statement that it could neither confirm nor deny the existence of the program.
A grand jury in North Carolina on Monday accused a former chairman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s department of African and Afro-American studies of accepting $12,000 for a class he did not teach, the News & Observer reported.
The former chairman, Julius Nyang’oro, was indicted on a charge of obtaining property by false pretenses, a felony. The Associated Press reported that, if convicted, Mr. Nyang’oro could face up to 10 months in jail, but the newspaper said that the cha…
In declining to hear Liberty University’s challenge to the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul, the U.S. Supreme Court left intact a federal appeals court’s previous decision, which had dismissed the Christian institution’s lawsuit. Last year the Supreme Court upheld the law’s so-called individual mandate in a 5-to-4 decision. And last week the court agreed to hear two separate cases challenging the law’s requirement that employers provide health insurance that includes birth control for women.
Lori Swanson, the attorney general of Minnesota, has reached a settlement with Herzing University, a Wisconsin-based for-profit institution, over the lack of accreditation for one of the university’s programs.
Ms. Swanson’s office said in a written statement that in 2011 Herzing began offering an associate degree in clinical medical assisting at its campus in Crystal, a suburb of Minneapolis. The program was not accredited by two organizations that her office said provide certification that is preferred by many employers.
Under the settlement, Herzing must disclose to students the accreditation status of programs it offers in the state, including in advertisements and on its website. The settlement also offers students who enrolled in the unaccredited program options for obtaining certain types of refunds.