A University of Southern California professor whose research focuses on international security has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, the University of Louisville announced on Monday.
Jacques E.C. Hymans, an associate professor of international relations at USC, was honored for his 2012 book Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians and Proliferation, which explores nuclear-weapons programs in developing nations and the reasons why many such projects have f…
The U.S. Air Force has created a secretive program to recruit cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy to serve as informants and report on misconduct by their peers, according to The Gazette, a Colorado Springs newspaper. The Gazette identified four informants, three of whom spoke to the paper about their experience with the Office of Special Investigations, a law-enforcement arm of the Air Force that they said had recruited them as informants.
The Air Force’s top commander and members of the academy’s civilian oversight board said they did not know about the program. Academy commanders and the special-investigations office declined requests for interviews, with the office saying in a statement that it could neither confirm nor deny the existence of the program.
A grand jury in North Carolina on Monday accused a former chairman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s department of African and Afro-American studies of accepting $12,000 for a class he did not teach, the News & Observer reported.
The former chairman, Julius Nyang’oro, was indicted on a charge of obtaining property by false pretenses, a felony. The Associated Press reported that, if convicted, Mr. Nyang’oro could face up to 10 months in jail, but the newspaper said that the cha…
In declining to hear Liberty University’s challenge to the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul, the U.S. Supreme Court left intact a federal appeals court’s previous decision, which had dismissed the Christian institution’s lawsuit. Last year the Supreme Court upheld the law’s so-called individual mandate in a 5-to-4 decision. And last week the court agreed to hear two separate cases challenging the law’s requirement that employers provide health insurance that includes birth control for women.
Lori Swanson, the attorney general of Minnesota, has reached a settlement with Herzing University, a Wisconsin-based for-profit institution, over the lack of accreditation for one of the university’s programs.
Ms. Swanson’s office said in a written statement that in 2011 Herzing began offering an associate degree in clinical medical assisting at its campus in Crystal, a suburb of Minneapolis. The program was not accredited by two organizations that her office said provide certification that is preferred by many employers.
Under the settlement, Herzing must disclose to students the accreditation status of programs it offers in the state, including in advertisements and on its website. The settlement also offers students who enrolled in the unaccredited program options for obtaining certain types of refunds.
David J. Pauldine plans to retire as president of DeVry University, the for-profit institution’s parent company announced on Tuesday. Mr. Pauldine has been president of the university since 2006 and is expected to stay on until next fall, while a search for his successor is conducted.
Bowling Green State University plans not to renew the contracts of 30 full-time faculty members because of a projected budget shortfall, The Toledo Blade reported. Rodney K. Rogers, the university’s provost, said in a message to employees on Monday that the cuts would come from almost 260 non-tenure-track faculty members, and would save an estimated $1.4-million per year.
The university’s faculty union said it would fight the cuts, and union officials plan to explore whether they have any recourse through their contract.
The student government at Burlington College, in Vermont, has dissolved itself in protest of an administrative restructuring that it says threatens many of the college’s art programs. In a news release, the student government’s president said he had resigned in favor of forming what he said would be a more-democratic student union, asserting that students’ views were not reflected in the changes at the institution.
The restructuring includes the replacement of three department chairs with interim leaders, as well as the reduction of some full-time faculty members to part-time status.
The college’s president, Christine Plunkett, told the Burlington Free Press that she understood students’ concerns but said that the quality of the institution’s academic programs, as well as its nontraditional character, remained intact. She said the college’s course offerings had not been reduced, though a greater share of them would be taught by adjuncts. The college has said that it is seeking to increase its enrollment to about 750 students, up from its current enrollment of roughly 250.
Twenty-eight percent of bachelor’s-degree students who began their postsecondary education in the 2003-4 academic year chose a major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at some point within six years, but 48 percent of students who entered those fields during that period had left them by the spring of 2009, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Education Department’s statistical arm.
The report, which addresses attriti…
Ohio State University on Monday fired the head coach of its cheerleading squad, following allegations that she had failed to report complaints of sexual harassment by two assistant coaches, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
The newspaper had reported previously that the two assistant coaches were fired in May, after an internal investigation was spurred by anonymous tips on the university’s ethics hotline. A team member accused the head coach, Lenee Buchman, of removing him from the squad in retal…