Republicans in the Ohio House of Representatives have included an amendment in the state budget, now under consideration in the State Senate, that would make students eligible for in-state tuition rates if universities continue to provide them with documents that allow them to register to vote in Ohio. Supporters of the proposal say it seeks to streamline the varied standards for tuition and voting. But critics say the provision is designed to penalize universities that make it easier for students to vote, since students traditionally vote disproportionately for Democratic candidates. A group that opposes the amendment said the proposal would cost the state’s public universities millions of dollars in tuition revenue.
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Hyung-il Jung, a lecturer in the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management, has been cleared to return to teaching after being placed on leave last month over a reference to a “killing spree” that he made while talking with students. Mr. Jung expressed regret for the remark and characterized it as a joke. But the university said the remark was not acceptable, in light of a recent incident in which a former student killed himself before carrying out what the police think was a planned attack on the campus.
Willie J. Gilchrist, chancellor of Elizabeth City State University, in North Carolina, announced on Friday that he was stepping down and planned to retire, amid an inquiry by state investigators into allegations of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice against the campus police department, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
The police department in Elizabeth City discovered that more than 100 reports of crimes at the university going back to 2007 had never been investigated by the campus police, a backlog that included several reports of sexual assault. The newspaper reported that the campus’s police chief of 10 years resigned on May 10 in the wake of a sexual assault that had been reported last month in one of the university’s dormitories.
The State Bureau of Investigation’s inquiry came about after a university employee was arrested. At the institution’s request, the city’s police department agreed to send off-duty officers to help with campus security.
“While I am grateful for the opportunity to have served over the last seven years, I am eagerly anticipating and look forward to spending more time with my family, along with the other opportunities that retirement will bring,” Mr. Gilchrist said in a written statement.
The pool of college graduates who earned degrees in the 2007-8 academic year was considerably less diverse than the overall student body, and that finding presents challenges for colleges because more and more individuals seeking a higher education do not fit the prototype of a traditional student, concludes a broad analysis of student outcomes released on Thursday by the American Council on Education.
The report, “With College Degree in Hand: Analysis of Racial Minority Graduates and Their Lives After College,” is the third in a series of ACE reports on diversity and inclusion in higher education. It explores a range of student outcomes broken down by racial and ethnic categories, and also examines recent graduates’ performance in the job market and pursuit of advanced degrees. The report says that graduates were predominantly white students who tended to be young, unmarried, childless, and dependent on their parents while in college.
Without eradicating barriers for minority students, the report says, “traditional students will continue to dominate the new college-graduate pool while other students will remain on the sidelines by not graduating or not seeking education beyond sub-baccalaureate credentials. With postsecondary student demographics increasingly diverging from the traditional profile, the future of higher education essentially depends on its ability to resolve the chronic gap between the incoming and the graduating cohort of students.” The full report can be found on the council’s Web site.
Daniel J. Caron on Wednesday resigned as director of Canada’s national library and archives, surprising critics who said some of his policies had alienated many of the country’s librarians. Mr. Caron oversaw staff downsizing as a result of federal budget cuts, and led a contentious modernization effort that his critics said was ill informed by his training in economics. He also drew fire for what some called excessive spending on travel, business meals, and private Spanish lessons. Mr. Caron had previously defended using public money for the lessons, saying that he needed to learn the language to attend international conferences.
Jeffrey R. Young, The Chronicle’s senior editor for technology, has been named as one of 24 journalists in the Nieman Foundation for Journalism’s 2014 class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University. As a Nieman Fellow, Mr. Young will study massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and their impact on higher education and pedagogy, exploring in depth some of the same themes he has written about extensively for The Chronicle. The foundation said he had been chosen as the Louis Stark Nieman Fellow; that fellowship is named in memory of a New York Times reporter who is regarded as a pioneer in labor reporting.
College enrollment in the spring-2013 term dropped by 2.3 percent compared with the same term a year ago, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Four-year, for-profit institutions saw the sharpest enrollment decline among higher-education sectors tracked in the report, with a fall of 8.7 percent. The report describes declines in every sector but four-year, private nonprofit institutions, whose spring-2013 enrollment grew by half a percentage point compared with the previous year.
The center’s report is the second in its series of current-term enrollment estimates. Its previous report said that fall-2012 enrollments had dropped 1.8 percent from a year earlier. Though the report noted that spring enrollments are typically lower than fall enrollments, it said that the gap between the two has been widening, with spring-2013 enrollments lower than fall-2012 totals by 5.4 percent.
The National Science Foundation has turned down a request from Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who leads the U.S. House of Representatives’ science committee, to obtain reviewer comments on five social-science projects the agency is financing. The NSF’s refusal marks the latest turn in a continuing fight over the agency’s spending on research. President Obama signed legislation, approved by Congress in March as part of a budget bill, to restrict the agency’s support for political-science research unless the work promotes the United States’ national-security or economic interests. Mr. Smith has proposed extending that requirement to all research that the NSF finances.
Lois G. Lerner, the high-ranking Internal Revenue Service official at the center of an uproar over revelations that her agency improperly gave special scrutiny to conservative nonprofit groups, has backed out of plans to give the keynote address at Western New England University’s law-school commencement, the university announced on Thursday. The agency’s acting director was forced out of his job on Wednesday amid the controversy. In a written statement, a university spokeswoman said Ms. Lerner had cited “her wish to have the ceremony focus on a celebration of the achievements of the graduates” when she told the institution of her decision.
Michael V. Drake, chancellor of the University of California at Irvine, on Tuesday pledged to take action against the person who reportedly slipped a racist note into the backpack of a black female student last week. The note read, “Go back 2 Africa slave,” according to the campus police department. “We have clear and unwavering policies forbidding such hateful actions, and we take the security and well-being of everyone on campus most seriously,” Mr. Drake said in a written statement. “We do not, and will not, tolerate this kind of behavior.” The incident came to light weeks after an Irvine fraternity drew fire for releasing a video featuring a member in blackface, an incident for which the fraternity apologized and suspended itself.