All posts by Nick DeSantis


Technology Chief at Minnesota Resigns Following Misconduct Allegations

The chief information officer at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Scott Studham, resigned this month following accusations of misconduct related to contracts, hiring, and spending, the Star-Tribune reported.

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Mr. Studham had left to focus on training for an Ironman triathlon. But the Star-Tribune said Mr. Studham had resigned on September 4 at the request of the university’s president, Eric W. Kaler.

The news of Mr. Studham’s exit followed t…


Charges Are Dropped Against Temple Professor Accused of Sharing Tech With China

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday dropped all charges against a Temple University physics professor who had been accused of sharing semiconductor technology with China, The New York Times reported.

The professor, Xi Xiaoxing, had been charged with four counts of wire fraud. At the time the charges were announced, he was chairman of Temple’s physics department, but the university stripped him of that title and placed him on administrative leave.

Mr. Xi maintained that he was innocent, and …


New President at Iowa Won’t Seek Tenured Post That Contract Allows

A spokeswoman for the University of Iowa says the institution’s newly appointed president will not seek a tenured faculty position for which he is eligible under his contract, the Associated Press reported.

J. Bruce Harreld’s appointment as president sparked fears among faculty members that his lack of experience in academic leadership made him unqualified for the position. He will take office in November, succeeding Sally K. Mason, who led the university for eight years.

The Iowa City Press-Cit…


Higher-Ed Groups Criticize Obama’s Overtime-Pay Proposal

A coalition of higher-education organizations on Friday criticized the Obama administration’s proposed changes in federal rules on overtime pay that would raise the annual salary cutoff below which workers are generally eligible to receive such pay.

Employees who make below $23,660 annually are generally eligible for a time-and-a-half wage rate for work that exceeds 40 hours a week. The proposed change would lift that salary threshold to $50,440.

President Obama’s administration has estimated th…


Report Clears Nevada System Chancellor of Alleged Ethics Violations

An independent report has concluded that the chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education did not violate any ethical or governance standards in his handling of a report about the state’s community colleges, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

Another Nevada newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, published an article in June asserting that the state’s higher-education leaders had sought to hide the findings of a report that criticized them.

A lawyer hired by the chairman of the system’…


Legal Fight Over U. of Kansas Lecturer’s Records Is Settled

A legal dispute over a University of Kansas student’s effort to obtain the records of a lecturer who previously worked for the conservative Koch brothers has been settled, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The lecturer, Arthur Hall, is director for the university’s Center for Applied Economics. He had previously served as chief economist of the public-sector group of Koch Industries Inc. Schuyler Kraus, who is president of a campus group called Students for a Sustainable Future, had submitt…


South Carolina State U. Will Pay $332,500 to Settle Ex-President’s Suit

South Carolina State University will pay $332,500 to settle a former president’s breach-of-contract lawsuit, The State reported. The historically black institution fired the former president, Thomas J. Elzey, in March, after putting him on leave as the university was suffering from severe financial and accreditation problems. The university said the settlement did not pass judgment on Mr. Elzey’s performance as president, or the decision to dismiss him.


Rutgers Will Give Aid to Health Majors to Offset Tuition Increase

Rutgers University will offer scholarships to freshmen to offset the costs of a 60 percent increase in tuition that some students said surprised them, NJ Advance Media reported.

Tuition rates for some majors in the health professions were expected to jump to $552 per credit, up from $345 per credit. The administration said the increase was necessary to get the rates closer to the cost of similar professional programs. But some students complained that they did not receive enough notice about the…


Embattled Head of Connecticut’s College System Will Step Down

Gregory W. Gray will step down in December as president of Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education, following a rocky tenure in which he clashed with faculty members across the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, the Connecticut Mirror reported.

Mr. Gray took office two years ago, succeeding the system’s first leader, Robert A. Kennedy, who resigned amid controversies over pay raises for his staff and other matters. Mr. Gray oversaw a plan to overhaul the system that …


Consumer Watchdog Scrutinizes Bridgepoint and Ashford U. Over Student Loans

Bridgepoint Education Inc. and its Ashford University are facing demands for information from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in an investigation into whether for-profit educators or others are engaging in unlawful activities involving private student loans, the company said on Friday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bridgepoint said it and Ashford expected to provide documents and other information to the federal agency, which last month took action against…