The Competency-Based Education Network, an effort financed by the Lumina Foundation that is seeking to provide leadership on the development of competency-based degree programs, on Wednesday announced an initial group of participating institutions that includes 18 colleges and two higher-education systems.
The participants in the effort, which is being coordinated by the nonprofit research group Public Agenda, include some of the pioneering colleges in the area of competency-based education. The…
[Updated (3/5/2014, 2:15 p.m.) to include a statement from the publisher.]
Another Indian publishing company has withdrawn a book about Hinduism by a University of Chicago scholar, The Times of India reported.
Last month Penguin Books India agreed to withdraw all copies of The Hindus: An Alternative History, a 2009 book by Wendy Doniger, a professor of the history of religions at Chicago. Ms. Doniger’s book had drawn criticism from a nationalist group that said her text misrepresented Hindu trad…
Lawrence E. Mitchell has resigned from his position as dean of Case Western Reserve University’s law school, amid a lawsuit by a professor who accused him of retaliation for reporting what the professor said was potential sexual harassment, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported.
Mr. Mitchell took a leave of absence last year and has now resigned as dean, though he will remain on the faculty as a tenured professor.
The university has said that the matter was not a case of retaliation and that the lawsuit contained inaccuracies.
Barbara R. Snyder, the university’s president, wrote in a letter to the law-school faculty that Mr. Mitchell had resigned “to alleviate distractions for the school related to pending litigation.”
An investigation by North Carolina A&T State University has cleared a former adjunct professor of allegations that he traded grades for votes while running last year for a spot on the City Council of Greensboro, N.C., according to the News & Record, a local newspaper.
The university had suspended the professor, Jamal Fox, citing a University of North Carolina system rule that requires employees to seek permission before running for office. Mr. Fox’s opponent in the council race had raised concer…
The University of West Alabama’s Board of Trustees on Monday voted to place the institution’s president, Richard D. Holland, on administrative leave as a consultant investigates his assertions that some trustees had interfered with his annual evaluation, The Tuscaloosa News reported.
Mr. Holland had called for such an investigation and released a report to the board alleging that his annual review had been tainted because he said certain individuals were selected to give negative feedback about …
The Canadian university on Monday said it had suspended its men’s varsity hockey program, after allegations came to light that team members were involved in a sexual assault. The university said it had reported the matter to the police and pledged to cooperate in any subsequent investigation.
The university said in a written statement that it had received information from a third party that included “allegations of serious misconduct.” The university said the alleged incident took place several weeks ago and added that it was “deeply concerned” that it was not informed of the allegations until last week.
A working paper released on Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research examines the prevalence of student transfer, and how such transfers are connected with graduates’ future earnings.
The paper uses data from Texas to observe student transfer between postsecondary institutions, and how graduates’ earnings differ. “Among UT-Austin graduates, transfer students from non-flagship four-year and community colleges who graduate earn between 11 percent and 14 percent less than direct attendee …
The University of Northern Virginia, an unaccredited institution that last year had its authority to operate in Virginia revoked for failing to make progress toward accreditation, has resurfaced with a new campus in a distant state, South Dakota, according to the Associated Press.
The university was one of several highlighted in a 2011 Chronicle investigation into colleges that take advantage of loopholes in the student-visa system to make money off of foreign students. Agents of the U.S. Depart…
More than 16,000 employees of the University of Kentucky may have seen late paychecks on Friday because of a banking glitch that was blamed on human error.
Only employees who are paid on a biweekly basis were believed to have been affected. Salaried employees—including faculty members, who are paid monthly—were paid on time.
Eric N. Monday, the university’s executive vice president for finance and administration, said the university was working with banks to post employees’ payments, but he noted that some workers may not be paid until Monday night. The university said it would cover fees and charges for employees whose checks bounce.
An Australian record label has agreed that a Harvard University law professor’s use of a popular song in a lecture that was posted online constituted fair use of the material, as part of a settlement that ends a legal dispute between the two parties.
Liberation Music had threatened to sue the professor, Lawrence Lessig, over his use of the song. But Mr. Lessig, who is a prominent scholar of Internet law and a supporter of reduced copyright restrictions, responded by suing the company for what he…