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Canadian Regulator Shuts Down 14 Everest College Campuses

The government of Ontario has shut down 14 campuses of Everest College, whose U.S.-based parent company, Corinthian Colleges, collapsed last year while under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Education. On Thursday the regulator that oversees Everest revoked the chain’s license to operate. The National Association of Career Colleges, a nonprofit group that represents career colleges in Canada, told the CBC that it hoped to work with the province to limit the damage to the more than 2,400 students who attend Everest institutions in Ontario.

Corinthian Colleges, which owns Everest College in Canada, said in an email to CBC News that it was surprised by the move, because “we have been working with the ministry for the past several weeks and months to determine our best path forward.”

It added: “This means that all instruction at Everest College of Canada campuses is terminated effective today.”

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Saint Louis U.’s President Defends Plan to Erect Statue in Wake of Protests

Fred P. Pestello, president of Saint Louis University, on Thursday defended a plan to erect a statue on the campus that would capture the spirit of a days-long protest last fall that arose amid broader unrest in the area over the police killings of young black men.

The agreement that ended that protest, known as the Clock Tower Accords, angered some conservatives who criticized the proposed artwork as anti-police.

“Contrary to some reports, it was never our intention to—or will we—commission artwork that would be anti-police or would honor the Ferguson protesters,” Mr. Pestello said. “Those reports are just wrong.”

He said the university was “proud to be the first historically white institution of higher education in a former slave state to formally admit African-American students.”

After six days, Pestello negotiated a 13-point agreement with three groups that helped organize the protest – Tribe X, the Black Student Alliance and the Metro St. Louis Coalition for Inclusion and Equality.

The agreement, now known as the Clock Tower Accords, marked the end of the Occupy SLU protest.

The agreement sparked a strong backlash on conservative websites, social media and with some alumni. Among the most contentious items on the list was the artwork.

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California Halts State Grants for Students at Corinthian’s Heald College

The California Student Aid Commission has halted state-tuition grants known as Cal Grants to students attending Heald College campuses of the troubled for-profit educator Corinthian Colleges Inc., The Wall Street Journal reported.

The move came after administrators at Heald’s 10 California locations failed to provide the commission with updated and audited financial statements. The cutoff is said to affect nearly 4,500 Heald students, though not ones who attend Heald institutions in Hawaii and…


Grand Jury Declines to Indict U. of Kentucky Athlete on Rape Charge

A grand jury in Kentucky has declined to indict a University of Kentucky football player who was suspended from the team last fall after being charged with rape.

Lloyd Tubman, a freshman defensive end, had been arrested and charged in October and pleaded not guilty. The Fayette County commonwealth’s attorney, Ray Larson, said on Wednesday that the grand jury had decided not to return an indictment. He added that Mr. Tubman would face no more charges from the local prosecutor’s office.

The grand jury heard all the evidence in the case during closed proceedings over three days in Fayette Circuit Court, including testimony from investigators, the alleged victim and Tubman, Larson said, before deliberating and deciding not to return an indictment.”They listened to all the evidence and based on what they heard and saw, for whatever reason they chose, they chose not to return the indictment,” Larson said.He added: “The case that we have is now disposed of by no indictment.”

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Illinois Lawmakers Will Put College Leaders’ Pay Under the Microscope

The higher-education committee of the Illinois State Senate on Tuesday sent letters to the presidents of the state’s public colleges, seeking details about the compensation of senior administrators within the last 10 years, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Democrats in the Senate are expected to announce on Wednesday the creation of a new subcommittee on executive compensation. The colleges were given a deadline of February 17 to respond to the requests.

The lawmakers’ demands came on the heels o…


Sit-In at U. of Minnesota Ends With Arrests

A group of student activists at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities staged a sit-in on Monday at the office of the university’s president, citing concerns about a lack of diversity on the campus, according to news reports.

The students presented a list of demands that included, among other things, putting more emphasis on racial and ethnic diversity in hiring practices and providing more money for the university’s ethnic-studies program, the Star Tribune reported.

In a statement released Mon…


How Reviews on ‘Rate My Professors’ Describe Men and Women Differently

Easy or demanding? Boring or engaging? And what about homework?

The student-evaluation site Rate My Professors contains a huge stockpile of information about what college students think of their instructors. And thanks to a new tool created by a Northeastern University professor, those millions of reviews can be mined to reveal students’ biases about male and female professors.

Benjamin M. Schmidt, an assistant professor of history at Northeastern, spoke to The New York Times about his interacti…


The New School Will Drop Fossil-Fuel Stocks and Focus on Climate Change

The New School has decided to drop its investments in fossil-fuel stocks and reshape its curriculum to focus on climate change, The New York Times reported. The institution plans to explore ways to reduce its carbon footprint and to teach students to design for a sustainable future.

Climate change, said the New School’s chief operating officer, Tokumbo Shobowale, is “a wicked design problem.” Shifting the curriculum across all of the school’s disciplines, he said, is a way to go beyond divestment, a step that he said drew skepticism at first from many faculty members.

“A lot of people said this is not going to make a difference in terms of hurting these companies or hurting their ability to conduct oil and gas exploration,” he said about the divestment plan.

Still, he added, divestment can be used as a teaching tool — economics students are studying the companies in the school’s $340-million endowment and their practices to help devise principles to add some nuance to their decisions about which stocks to keep or sell.

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Gay Student Quits Gordon College Panel Examining Same-Sex Policies

A gay student at Gordon College, in Massachusetts, has resigned from a campus committee that is examining the Christian institution’s policies on homosexuality, the Boston Business Journal reported.

Jesse Steele, a 21-year-old senior, posted online a resignation letter in which he raised concerns about the composition of the working group, saying it was not inclusive enough.

The college’s policies on homosexuality have been in the spotlight since its president, D. Michael Lindsay, last year added his name to a letter from religious leaders asking President Obama to grant a religious exemption to a rule forbidding antigay discrimination among federal contractors. In September the college’s accreditor, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, gave the institution a year to review its policies.

Rick Sweeney, a spokesman for Gordon College, described Steele’s comments as his “personal perspective.”
“It’s not one that’s shared by other members of the group,” Sweeney said .
Sweeney said that, as a member of the working group, Steele’s role was to “advocate for” the other sexual minorities who were not present at the meetings and may not even be present on Gordon College’s campus.

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U. of California to Require Measles Shots for New Students

The University of California system announced on Friday that it would require incoming students to be vaccinated for measles and other diseases, under a plan that is set to take effect in 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The system said that it currently requires students to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B only, although several of its campuses have additional requirements. The announcement stated that, by 2017, the university would require incoming students “to be screened for tubercul…