Category Archives: Students

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Rutgers Will Give Aid to Health Majors to Offset Tuition Increase

Rutgers University will offer scholarships to freshmen to offset the costs of a 60 percent increase in tuition that some students said surprised them, NJ Advance Media reported.

Tuition rates for some majors in the health professions were expected to jump to $552 per credit, up from $345 per credit. The administration said the increase was necessary to get the rates closer to the cost of similar professional programs. But some students complained that they did not receive enough notice about the…


This Is How Students Cheat in MOOCs

Researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have identified a way students are cheating to earn credit in MOOCs. The method is the subject of a working paper, “Detecting and Preventing ‘Multiple-Account’ Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses,” published online on Monday.

According to the researchers, some students are creating at least two accounts in a MOOC — one or more with which to purposely fail assignments in order to discover the correct answers, wh…


Fraternity Suspends Old Dominion Chapter Over Offensive Banners

The national Sigma Nu fraternity has suspended its chapter at Old Dominion University after sexually suggestive banners, apparently hung for the occasion of students’ arrival on campus, were passed around on social media. The Associated Press reports that the national organization condemned the signs on Monday.

Here’s a picture of the banners posted on Twitter:


Investigation Skewers Baylor U.’s Handling of Rape Case Involving Football Player

(Last updated 8/23/2015, 10:30 p.m., with sentencing information.)

An investigative report by the magazine Texas Monthly raises troubling questions about Baylor University’s handling of a sexual-assault case involving a football player. According to the article, although Baylor knew Sam Ukwuachu, a defensive end, had been indicted on charges of raping a Baylor soccer player, the only public word it issued was that he was expected to return to the team this fall.

Mr. Ukwuachu was convicted on Thu…


Panel at U. of Central Florida Says Fraternity Is Not Responsible for Member’s Chants of ‘Rape’

A disciplinary panel at the University of Central Florida ruled on Thursday that the fraternity Sigma Nu had not violated university policy in an incident, caught on video, in which one of its members chanted “rape,” The Orlando Sentinel reports.

The university suspended the fraternity last month after the video surfaced and a student who alleges that she was raped in the fraternity house last fall filed a complaint.

But the disciplinary panel said that the man in the video, who is no longer a s…


U. of Texas Regents Approve Policy Allowing Campus Chiefs to Sway Admissions

University of Texas system presidents will be able to order the admission of students who would not otherwise be admitted on “very rare” occasions, according to a new policy passed Thursday, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The new policy comes after a system-commissioned report revealed that the then-flagship president, William C. Powers Jr., had intervened in the admissions process on behalf of politically connected applicants. In response to those findings, the system chancellor, Willia…


Education Dept. Reports Increase in Borrowers Using Income-Based Repayment

There has been a large increase in the number of borrowers enrolling in income-based student-loan repayment plans, according to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday. The spike follows an effort by the Obama administration to better publicize the option.

According to the department, almost four million borrowers had enrolled in income-based repayment as of June 30, a 56-percent increase compared with that time last year. Also, the share of borrowers who are more tha…


Education Dept. Releases Draft Guidance on Handling of Students’ Medical Records

The U.S. Department of Education has released draft guidance on the use of students’ medical records in response to a lawsuit. In a blog post published on Tuesday, the department said it was seeking public comment on the new guidance.

The issue drew national attention because of a lawsuit at the University of Oregon. A female student there, who said she had been raped by three basketball players, also claimed that the college had pulled her counseling records to use against her in a lawsuit she …


New Report Details How Often Pell Recipients Fail to Graduate

An expansive article by the Hechinger Report details just how often Pell Grant recipients fail to graduate at America’s largest colleges. The publication asked the country’s 50 largest public colleges and the 50 largest private colleges to disclose their six-year graduation rates for Pell-Grant recipients. (Federal law requires that information to be granted upon request, but it’s not publicly reported.) Thirty colleges provided the information.

Among the top-line findings:

  • At the colleges tha…

U. of Alabama Sorority Pulls Recruitment Video After It Gets Panned

The Alpha Phi sorority chapter at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa has removed a recruitment video that went viral last week and spawned a wave of online criticism.

In the words of a guest columnist for The Huntsville Times, “it’s a parade of white girls and blonde hair dye, coordinated clothing, bikinis and daisy dukes, glitter and kisses, bouncing bodies, euphoric hand-holding and hugging, gratuitous booty shots, and matching aviator sunglasses.” She goes on: “It’s all so racially and a…