Category Archives: Students

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U. of Iowa Investigates Possible Cheating in Online Courses

The University of Iowa is looking into whether students in online courses cheated by having other people take examinations for them, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

At least 30 potential cases of academic misconduct were being reviewed, according to the AP. If students are found to have been involved in cheating, they would face disciplinary measures including suspension or expulsion.

The company that Iowa retains to verify online courses, ProctorU, found possible inconsistencies in stu…


Asian-American Groups Accuse Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale of Bias in Admissions

A long list of Asian-American groups plans on Monday to call for federal investigations of Brown University, Dartmouth College, and Yale University for alleged discrimination in admissions.

The Asian American Coalition for Education, consisting of more than 100 local, state, and national Asian-American organizations, intends to ask the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the three institutions. Its letter of complaint to the two federal a…


In Pun-Filled Invite, Drake U. Begs Drake, the Rapper, to Take a Campus Tour

After years of unrequited love, Drake University is now begging its favorite Canadian rapper to come to the Iowa campus.

The chart-topping rapper is invited to tour the university before his Summer Sixteen tour stop in Des Moines, the college announced in a Friday news release (and accompanying hashtag — #BringDrakeToDrake) guaranteed to make you cringe:

Drake University students have lobbied for years to #BringDrakeToDrake, and we’re eager to welcome this talented singer and songwriter to our…


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 …


Common Application Gets New Leader From U. of Puget Sound

The Common Application has appointed a new executive director, the organization’s Board of Directors announced on Thursday.

Jenny Rickard, now vice president for enrollment at the University of Puget Sound, in Washington state, will take the helm of the nonprofit group that oversees the widely used admission-application platform in August. She will succeed Paul Mott, who left the organization this year.

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Ms. Rickard describes her vision for the Common App in a Chronicle interview.

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2 For-Profit Universities Will Cut Arbitration Clauses From Enrollment Agreements

Two for-profit universities owned by the Apollo Education Group will stop including mandatory arbitration clauses in students’ enrollment agreements, the company announced on Thursday.

Students at the University of Phoenix and Western International University will not have arbitration clauses in their enrollment agreements as of July 1, according to a news release.

The group has come under fire for its policy that does not allow students who say they’ve been defrauded to take the colleges to cou…


Police Records Reveal Further Assault Allegations Against Baylor Football Players

A trove of police records, obtained by ESPN, reveal new allegations of criminal behavior — including sexual assault — against football players at Baylor University. The news report, just the latest in an investigative series by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, came out as Baylor officials were reviewing an outside report into the university’s response to alleged sexual assaults.

According to the ESPN report, many players were involved in incidents from 2011 to 2015, few were disciplined by the universi…


Facing Budget Cuts, Kentucky Community College System Lays Off 45 Faculty Members

The Kentucky Community and Technical College system has trimmed more than 500 positions, including those of 45 faculty and 125 staff members who were laid off, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on Wednesday.

The system faced a $26-million shortfall this year from repeated state budget cuts and declining enrollment. Earlier this month, the system’s president, Jay Box, warned of looming reductions in spending.

To offset the cuts, colleges across the system have eliminated 191 faculty positions …


Police Say Reported Assault of U. of Iowa Student Was Not a Hate Crime

[Updated (5/17/2016, 4:25 p.m.) to reflect information from an Iowa City Police Department news release.]

A fight two weeks ago involving a black student at the University of Iowa and three white men did not constitute a hate crime, the Iowa City Police Department has decided, according to a report on Monday in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The incident stirred up racial tensions on the campus when students complained that they had not received a timely crime alert after the incident was reported…


Private Colleges’ Tuition-Discount Rate Hits All-Time High

Private colleges’ discount rate — or the average amount of tuition revenue they devote to financial aid through grants — has again reached an all-time high. That’s according to an annual survey by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, which doesn’t paint a pretty financial picture for the institutions.

The discount rate for first-time, full-time freshmen reached a projected 48.6 percent in the 2015-16 academic year, up from 47.1 percent the previous year. For all …