Category Archives: Government

Politics and policy in higher education.


Why Is UVa Under Title IX Investigation Again?

[Updated (7/28/2016, 4:30 p.m.) with a statement from the university.]

The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights said on Wednesday that the University of Virginia was under investigation for its handling of sexual violence under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

The announcement triggered a sense of déjà vu among close watchers of the office’s weekly list of institutions under investigation because the university is no stranger to federal scrutiny on Title IX. In fac…


U. of Louisville Board Accepts Ramsey’s Resignation as President

The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday accepted President James R. Ramsey’s resignation, The Courier-Journal reported, after a series of scandals culminated in a wholesale shake-up of the institution’s governance.

Last month Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, announced that Mr. Ramsey would resign and that all members of the board would be replaced with new members. After delaying its meeting on the matter by one day, the new board met in executive session until late Wednesd…


Louisville Board Still Hasn’t Accepted Its President’s Resignation

The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees postponed a meeting on Tuesday at which it was slated to consider the resignation of James R. Ramsey, the university’s embattled president, The Courier-Journal reports. The meeting will now take place on Wednesday afternoon.

Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, announced last month that Mr. Ramsey would step down and that the entire Board of Trustees would be dissolved and replaced with a new board. That new, 13-member board is expected to accept Mr. …


Smithsonian Institution Is Hiring a Beer Scholar

Beer and history lovers, it’s time to polish up your résumé because the Smithsonian is hiring.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History plans to hire a historian for its American Brewing History Initiative. The historian will lead field and archival research for a new project on American brewing history with an emphasis on craft brewing.

The gig requires an advanced degree in American brewing, business, food, culture, or other, similar specialties in history.

A successfu…


NCAA Questions Host Cities on Possible Discrimination

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is conducting a survey about discrimination in cities that will host NCAA events or have expressed interest in doing so, USA Today reported on Friday.

The questionnaire is being distributed to the cities’ organizing groups after the National Basketball Association said it would relocate its 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, N.C., to another city because of the controversial bathroom bill that was enacted in North Carolina this past spring. The new la…


Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-education programs at colleges and universities, the department said in a news release on Friday.

The department’s new regulations, which follow rules that took effect last summer, would make state-authorization requirements, which vary by state, more clear for institutions that offer online courses.

Among the most notable changes, colleges that offer online courses would have to be authorized by each state in which the…


Education Dept. Plans to Improve Customer Service for Student-Loan Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has adopted a new set of policies to improve student-loan servicing, the agency said in a news release on Wednesday.

In a memorandum, the department said it would work with the Treasury Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to improve student-loan servicing systems to protect borrowers and help them avoid defaulting on loans. The memo highlighted five specific changes.

Among the most notable, the department will create economic incentives to bet…


Citing Cost Concern, Wright State Pulls Out as Host of Presidential Debate

Wright State University is pulling out as host of the first presidential debate, between the presumptive party nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, the Dayton Daily News reports. In announcing his decision, the university’s president, David R. Hopkins, said he had been motivated by concerns over cost and safety.

University officials had estimated the cost of holding the event, scheduled for September 26 on the campus’s Nutter Center, to be as much as $8 million, $3.5 million of which it…


Indiana Governor, Trump’s VP Choice, Backed Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, whom Donald J. Trump named on Friday as his vice-presidential running mate, may be best known in academe for his support of a controversial “religious freedom” law last year that critics said amounted to a license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Advocates of the law, formally the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argued that it was intended only to protect religious liberty. But colleges and universities across Indiana, both…


U.S. Investigates Bridgepoint Over Its Use of Federal Student Aid

Bridgepoint Education Inc., the for-profit owner of Ashford University, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice over claims that it “may have misstated Title IV refund revenue or overstated revenue associated with private secondary loan programs,” according to a corporate filing on Tuesday.

According to Bridgepoint, the inquiry concerns whether the company violated the federal 90/10 rule, which prohibits colleges from receiving more than 90 percent of their revenue through feder…