Category Archives: Students

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Cutoff of Financial Aid Possible at Pima Community College

A federal audit, citing poor record-keeping by Pima Community College, has put the Arizona institution at risk of losing its ability to distribute financial aid.

In its preliminary report, the Department of Education found that the college, which enrolls about 33,000 students, lacks a reliable way to keep track of the attendance or even enrollment status of aid recipients, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

As a result, the department could deny the college access to further federal financial aid a…


U. of Michigan Professor Takes Heat for Writing ‘I Hate Republicans’

[Updated (12/18/2014, 5:28 p.m.) with comment from Ms. Douglas and a link to her essay.]

The chair of the communications department at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is under fire, reports the Detroit Free Press, for a blog post she wrote that begins as follows:

“I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa, or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immi…


Grand Jury Clears Officers Who Killed Gunman at Florida State U. Library

A grand jury in Florida has cleared five police officers involved in the shooting death of a gunman who opened fire at a library at Florida State University last month and injured three people, one of them critically, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

The gunman, Myron May, was shot and killed by the officers, who arrived at the library just minutes after he had fired at several students outside and at a welcome-desk worker in the lobby. The officers who responded included four from the universi…


Marquette U. Professor Who Blasted TA for Gay-Marriage Discussion Is Suspended

An associate professor at Marquette University says he has been suspended with pay for publicly criticizing how a teaching assistant handled the topic of gay marriage in a class discussion, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Last month a student in the teaching assistant’s class confronted her for not allowing more discussion of whether a ban on gay marriage violated the philosopher John Rawls’s equal-liberty principle, after another student suggested it did. The student recorded the con…


Enrollment at Law Schools Continues Downward Slide

Enrollment at American law schools declined this fall by 6.9 percent, down nearly 20 percent from its peak in 2010, the American Bar Association announced on Tuesday. This fall’s enrollment, which totaled 119,775 full-time and part-time students, is at its lowest point since 1982, when there were 35 fewer association-approved law schools being measured.

The results of the association’s annual survey of its member institutions are just the latest confirmation of enrollment trends being observed …


Colleges Are Cutting Back on Credit-Card Deals, Report Says

Colleges have continued to embark on fewer agreements with credit-card companies, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s annual report on the agreements, released on Monday. They have instead opted to participate in the marketing of products that are subject to less scrutiny, like debit cards and prepaid cards, the report states.

The report is the fifth to be issued since passage of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, which requires college…


25 Institutions Sign Up for Project to Ease Path to Degree

Twenty-five colleges have signed up for an alternative-credit program created by the American Council on Education and financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the council announced on Monday.

As part of the pilot program, announced in September, students can complete courses from a designated list of about 100 and then earn credit from the participating institutions, which include community colleges, four-year institutions, and for-profit colleges. The institutions will provide data to …


Police Investigate Depictions of Lynchings at UC-Berkeley

The police are trying to find out who hung three cardboard cutouts of black people from nooses on Saturday morning at the University of California at Berkeley, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

“This is definitely something of concern,” said Claire Holmes, a university spokeswoman. “We’re not sure what the motivation was.”

Another spokeswoman told the Associated Press the depictions appeared to be connected to a nearby demonstration that coincided with nationwide protests against police killi…


Judge Dismisses Family’s Lawsuit in Death of Pledge at Fraternity Party

A judge in Illinois on Thursday dismissed a family’s lawsuit against a fraternity at Northern Illinois University over the alcohol-related death of their son two years ago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

David Bogenberger was 19 when he fell unconscious after a night of drinking at a party at the Pi Kappa Alpha house. Students put him to bed, where he was found dead the next morning, his blood-alcohol level having risen to as high as 0.43 percent.

Judge Kathy Flanagan, of Cook County Circuit Court…


Students Protest George Will’s Speech at Michigan State U. Commencement

More than 100 protesters stood outside an auditorium on Saturday at Michigan State University where the conservative columnist George F. Will delivered the fall commencement address, The Detroit News reports.

Mr. Will, who once taught at Michigan State, became persona non grata at some colleges after he wrote in The Washington Post in June that victimhood on campuses had become “a coveted status.”

Also speaking at Michigan State as part of the festivities were the University of Virginia’s presid…