All posts by Nick DeSantis


Wheaton College (Ill.) Ends Student Health Insurance Over Contraceptive Rule

Wheaton College of Illinois will stop providing students with health insurance because of its objections to the Obama administration’s controversial rule on access to contraceptives, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Many other religious colleges have asserted that the contraceptive mandate violates their religious beliefs. The Obama administration’s attempts to compromise on the rule have so far failed to satisfy those institutions, several of which have filed lawsuits over the mandate.



Investigation Finds High Dropout Rates at Unaccredited Law Schools

Nearly nine out of 10 students who attend unaccredited law schools in California drop out within four years, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Times.

The schools offer four-year programs, and their students are allowed to take the state bar examination, although the schools are not required to meet the same academic standards as those that are accredited nationally or by the state bar. Students at the unaccredited schools are generally not eligible for federal financial assistance…


UC-San Diego Wins Suit Against USC Over Control of Alzheimer’s Project

The University of California at San Diego has prevailed in an unusual lawsuit against the University of Southern California over control of a major project to study Alzheimer’s disease, the Los Angeles Times reported.

San Diego accused Paul S. Aisen, who resigned his position there in June, and the other defendants of improperly conspiring to transfer the Alzheimer’s study to Southern California, which is Dr. Aisen’s new employer. The defendants argued that it was commonplace for departing resea…


U. of Cincinnati Overhauls Police Patrols After Fatal Shooting by Officer

The University of Cincinnati’s president on Thursday announced changes in how the institution’s police force operates, following an officer’s fatal shooting of a black man during a traffic stop on Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The officer, Ray Tensing, shot and killed Samuel Dubose, 43, during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate that took place about half a mile from the university’s main campus. Mr. Dubose’s family and others have staged protests calling for the releas…


Study Challenges Idea That Many Campus Rapists Are Serial Offenders

A study published on Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, a journal of the American Medical Association, has challenged the perception that most college men who commit rape are serial offenders.

A previous study, published in 2002, found that about 6 percent of men surveyed at the University of Massachusetts at Boston had acknowledged committing acts that met criteria for rape or attempted rape. That research attracted widespread attention in part because 63 percent of those who admitted to such behaviors…


Arizona State Professor Is Demoted After Plagiarism Inquiry

A history professor at Arizona State University who was founding director of a campus center for the study of race and democracy has been demoted following an inquiry into plagiarism accusations, The Arizona Republic reports.

The university found “significant issues” with the content of Matthew C. Whitaker’s recent book, Peace Be Still: Modern Black America From World War II to Barack Obama, after concerns were raised that he had plagiarized some of its material from websites and other texts.



Small For-Profit College Closes in California

Four-D College, a small for-profit institution that focused on training students for careers in health-care fields, said on Sunday that it would close its doors, effective immediately, the San Bernardino Sun reports.

Linda Smith, the president, said financial restrictions imposed by the U.S. Department of Education had taken a “wrecking ball” to the college’s cash flow. Four-D said in a message on its website that its accreditor had recently denied the renewal of its accreditation after question…


Bridgepoint’s Ashford U. Will Close Its Iowa Campus

The for-profit educator Bridgepoint Education Inc. announced on Thursday that the Clinton, Iowa, campus of its Ashford University would shut down next year. The company cited an “inability to meet campus enrollment requirements” as a major factor in the decision.

Bridgepoint bought the Iowa campus in 2005 from a small Roman Catholic college and maintained it even though the vast majority of Ashford’s students are enrolled online and Bridgepoint’s corporate headquarters are in San Diego. The …


Nevada Regents Seek Investigation of System Chancellor

The chairman of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents is seeking an investigation into the conduct of the system’s chancellor, following allegations that the chancellor quashed a report that criticized his administration, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The newspaper said last month that the system’s leaders were concerned about how a report they had commissioned portrayed them, and told the consultant that produced the report to rewrite it.

The chancellor, Daniel J. Kl…


Appeals Court Deals Setback to Unpaid Interns in Compensation Case

A federal appeals court has dealt a setback to unpaid interns who had sued a movie studio over their compensation, The New York Times reported.

In 2013 a federal judge concluded that two former unpaid interns who had sued Fox Searchlight Pictures should have been classified as paid workers, and allowed the claims of another intern to move forward as a class action. Colleges have sometimes drawn criticism for their role in facilitating such unpaid internships, and have asked the courts to defer t…