Category Archives: Government

Politics and policy in higher education.


Spellings Says UNC System Won’t Try to Enforce Controversial Bathroom Law

The University of North Carolina system said on Friday that it would not seek to enforce a controversial state law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender at birth. The Associated Press reported that Margaret Spellings, the system’s president, said in a legal filing that “I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require transgender students to use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex.”

Ms. Spellin…


New Monitor Is Chosen to Oversee Former Corinthian Campuses

A new monitor has been selected to oversee the operations of former campuses of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges Inc., after the U.S. Department of Education fired the law firm that had previously served in that role.

The department announced on Friday that the law firm Squire Patton Boggs would be the new monitor of the Zenith Education Group, the nonprofit entity that bought dozens of Corinthian’s campuses following the collapse of the giant for-profit education company.

In March the departm…


Faculty Strike Begins at Green River Community College

Faculty members at Green River Community College began a strike on Monday to protest its proposal to cut 11 programs, The Seattle Times reports.

The faculty said the strike at the Washington college would last three days, in order to minimally disrupt students’ lives. The last day of the quarter is June 10.

This month the college’s faculty voted no confidence in President Eileen E. Ely over the proposed cuts. Under the proposal, five tenured and one tenure-track faculty member would lose their j…


Bill Diverting Funds from U. of Tenn. Diversity Office Becomes Law

A bill that diverts funds from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s diversity office into minority engineering scholarships will become law without Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature, The Tennessean reported on Friday.

The bill will reallocate about $436,000 from the diversity office to the scholarship fund in the coming academic year.

The State Senate’s Education Committee approved legislation in March to eliminate funding for the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The office has …


Judge Rules Kentucky Governor Can Unilaterally Cut University Budgets

A state judge has ruled that Gov. Matthew G. Bevin of Kentucky can cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the state legislature’s approval, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Two state laws let Governor Bevin, a Republican, trim state funds for the public institutions, according to the ruling, by Judge Thomas D. Wingate of the Franklin County Circuit Court. Although Mr. Bevin’s powers are limited, Judge Wingate said, the state legislature gave him the budget-cutting power…


Illinois Professors Speak Out Against Governor’s Pick for Higher-Ed Board

Professors at Illinois colleges and universities spoke out this week in interviews with The News-Gazette against Gov. Bruce V. Rauner’s nominee to the faculty seat on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Mr. Rauner, a Republican who took office in 2015 and has made a name for himself by slashing state funds to higher education, nominated John Bambenek, a part-time lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and onetime Republican candidate for the State Senate, on April 15. So…


Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Religious Colleges’ Contraception Case

Rather than rule on the merits of a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s provision for private health-insurance plans to offer women free access to contraception, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on Monday to send the case back to a lower court.

During oral arguments in the case, Zubik v. Burwell, No. 14-1418, in March, lawyers representing religious colleges argued that their clients were morally opposed to any involvement of their employee-insurance plans in providing contraception coverage. T…


Obama Administration to Issue Directive on Transgender Access to Bathrooms

The Obama administration will issue a directive on Friday that public-school districts must allow transgender students to use restrooms that match their gender identity, The New York Times and The Washington Post report. The mandate contains an implicit threat that institutions that do not comply risk losing federal funds.

A statement…


CUNY’s Faculty Union Votes to Authorize Strike

The City University of New York’s faculty union has voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike as a five-year standoff over a contract drags on.

More than 10,000 unionized faculty and staff members participated in the vote, and 92 percent voted in favor of the strike authorization, the union announced on Thursday. They don’t plan to strike during this academic year, said Barbara Bowen, the union’s president and a professor of English at CUNY’s Queens College, but might do so in the fall if…


Nevada Higher-Education Chancellor Resigns After Email Scandal

The chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education, Daniel J. Klaich, resigned at the Board of Regents’ meeting on Thursday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Mr. Klaich, who led the body that oversees the state’s public colleges and universities, had recently drawn scrutiny after Review-Journal articles revealed he knowingly misled lawmakers on college-funding matters.

According to emails, the system created a false document for a legislative committee studying equitable college financ…