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Adjuncts at College in Louisiana Get Paychecks After Extra Delay

Adjunct instructors at Delgado Community College, in Louisiana, will no longer have to wait seven weeks to receive their first paychecks of the semester, The Times-Picayune reported.

Adjuncts at Delgado had complainted to the newspaper about the college’s decision to extend their wait for their first paychecks from five weeks to seven, two weeks later than the date listed in their contracts. College officials had blamed the delay on new compliance requirements associated with the Affordable Care Act, though many adjuncts at Delgado questioned that justification.

Delgado later announced that the instructors’ checks would be issued ahead of schedule, with pay deposited into their accounts on Tuesday.

“Our payroll personnel has been working diligently since the start of the semester to make sure all the data was entered correctly,” Stanton McNeeley, the vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Delgado, said by phone on Tuesday morning. “As a result of their efforts, the process was completed yesterday.”

McNeeley said he could not speak to whether the article or criticism from part-time faculty had influenced the expedited payments.

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Professor Accused of Past Sex Abuse Resigns From U. of St. Thomas (Minn.)

A professor at the University of St. Thomas who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl more than a decade ago has resigned from the Minnesota university’s faculty, the Star Tribune reported.

The Rev. Michael J. Keating, an associate professor of Catholic studies, was accused of abusing the girl while he was studying to be a priest. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The university announced his resignation this week and posted his resignation letter on its website.

“After careful considerat…


Paine College’s President Resigns Amid Accreditation Troubles

George C. Bradley resigned on Tuesday as president of Paine College, which has faced scrutiny from its accreditor and calls for Mr. Bradley to be removed from office, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

Paine’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, placed the Georgia college on probation in June, saying it had failed to resolve problems with its finances and governance. An anonymous website called the Paine Project, which claimed to document mismanagem…


21 Individuals Are Named as MacArthur Fellows for 2014

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Wednesday named 21 individuals as recipients of MacArthur Fellowships for 2014, and several of the winners have affiliations with colleges. The foundation said in a news release that the fellowships recognize “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for significant contributions in the future.”

Each fellowship winner receives a “no strings attached” grant of $625,000, which is paid out over f…


U. of West Florida Trustees and Faculty Clash Over President’s Performance

Faculty members at the University of West Florida and the institution’s Board of Trustees are at odds over the performance of the university’s president, Judith A. Bense, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

Last week the university’s Faculty Senate voted no confidence in Ms. Bense’s leadership. Faculty members asserted that she had put the university’s accreditation and state financing at risk by overseeing lax admissions policies and that she had given priority to the university’s foot…


Ohio State to Revise Policies on Harassment After U.S. Finds It Violated Title IX

Ohio State University has agreed to revise its policies after the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found the institution to be in violation of the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, the department announced on Thursday.

The department’s office, known as OCR, began a review in 2010 to determine whether the university had responded properly to complaints of sexual harassment and assault. During the course of that review, Ohio State investigated allegations of sexu…


Bobby Fong, Ursinus College’s President, Dies

Bobby Fong, president of Ursinus College, died Monday morning of natural causes at his home, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. He was 64.

Mr. Fong was one of the few Asian-American presidents in academe. He spent 10 years as president of Butler University before becoming Ursinus’s president, in 2011. The college credited him with overseeing the creation of its strategic plan, establishing two interdisciplinary centers, and strengthening the college’s recruitment of international students.

Born in Oakland, Calif., the son of Chinese immigrants, Fong attended Harvard University on a scholarship and graduated magna cum laude in 1973. He earned a doctorate of English literature from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1978 and is a world authority on Oscar Wilde.

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Donna Shalala, U. of Miami’s President, Will Step Down

Donna E. Shalala announced on Monday that she would step down as president of the University of Miami at the end of the academic year.

Ms. Shalala, a former U.S. secretary of health and human services, became the university’s president in 2001 and worked to elevate the institution into the ranks of the nation’s elite research universities. Ms. Shalala has weathered some controversies during her tenure, including questions about the university’s growth strategy and allegations that a former Hur…


5 Scientists Win 2014 Lasker Awards

Five scientists were named on Monday as the 2014 winners of the Lasker Awards, which honor achievements in biomedical research and whose winners often go on to win Nobel Prizes.

Kazutoshi Mori, a professor of biophysics at Kyoto University, and Peter Walter, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California at San Francisco, were honored in the basic-medical-research category for their discoveries in what the Lasker Foundation called a “biological quality-control system”…


Harvard’s Public-Health School Gets $350-Million Gift

The donation comes from the family foundation of the Hong Kong billionaire Gerald L. Chan, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the school of public health in the 1970s. The family charity previously financed a professorship at the school, which is to be renamed in honor of Mr. Chan’s late father.

The gift is the largest in the university’s history, and the money will be used to help fight global health threats.

“Let us hope this will be a signal to the world about how important public health is,” Harvard University president Drew Gilpin Faust said in an interview. The public-health field in general “has been underresourced,” she said, as evidenced by the slow international response to the Ebola outbreak, which has become a scourge in western Africa.

The school will be renamed the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, in honor of Gerald Chan’s late father.

The gift will be added to the school’s endowment, which was valued at $1.1-billion in 2013, a sliver of the university’s $32.7-billion total endowment.

Among the constituent parts of Harvard, the school of public health draws the smallest proportion of its budget from its endowment. Seventy percent of its income has come from federal research grants, a variable and shrinking source.

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