Category Archives: Students

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Papers Offer Strategies on Affordability and Access at Regional Public Universities

A set of papers released on Thursday by the public-policy firm HCM Strategists focuses on ways that regional universities can improve access and affordability for low-income students. The papers are part of a project called “Maximizing Resources for Student Success,” which was financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They focus on a range of topics including competency-based education, tuition and financial aid, reducing time-to-degree, and strengthening  transfer pathways for community-…


Adjuncts Would Qualify for Loan Forgiveness Under Proposed Bill

Adjunct professors would become eligible for a federal student-loan-forgiveness plan available to public servants under the terms of a bill introduced on Thursday by Sen. Richard A. Durbin, an Illinois Democrat.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program allows employees of nonprofit organizations—including full-time professors at public universities—to have their federal student loans forgiven after making 120 payments while working in that capacity. Eligibility for the program would be ex…


Appeal in Texas Affirmative-Action Case Says Judges Disobeyed Supreme Court

A federal appeals-court panel wandered far from instructions given it by the U.S. Supreme Court in upholding the race-conscious undergraduate admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, lawyers challenging the policy argue in a brief filed on Tuesday.

In asking the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to overturn a decision by a panel of three of its judges in favor of the university, the lawyers for the plaintiff in the case, a white student denied admission in 2008, say…


In New Sexual-Assault Bill, Harsher Penalties for Colleges

[Updated (7/30/2014, 1:40 p.m.) with a link to the text of the bill.]

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators led by Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, unveiled a bill Wednesday morning aimed at curbing sexual assault on college campuses. Among other things, the bill would increase potential penalties for colleges that don’t comply with federal rules.

View the text of the bill here.

Under the terms of the proposed legislation, colleges that don’t comply with its rules could face fines of up to 1…


Why We Can’t Stop Talking About College Rankings

College rankings: the concept that has launched a thousand college trips, that’s had so many words spilled in its defense, in opposition, or in ambivalence. The machine churns on today, with Money magazine on Monday releasing a national ranking of colleges, using for its metrics all things dollars and cents. For details on the list, read the Chronicle reporter Eric Hoover’s post, which examines the ranking’s pursuit of objectivity.

But what about the industry’s undeniable appeal? Why do I (a col…


Listen to an Audio Clip of Ohio State’s Ousted Band Director Cussing Out a Student

While the investigation that led to the firing of Ohio State University’s band director focused on the program’s “sexualized” culture, it also addressed allegations that he had been “abusive” toward students on two occasions. Jonathan Waters, who was fired on Thursday, said in an interview with investigators, “In all my years, I’ve never yelled, screamed, or cursed” at a student.

An audio recording, made secretly by a student and released by the university on Friday, suggests otherwise, reports


Education Dept. Identifies New Areas for Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage

The U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance on Thursday clarifying that it will recognize same-sex marriages for the purpose of providing in-state tuition to spouses of armed-service members, and determining eligibility for Parent PLUS loans and income-driven repayment of student loans.

The guidance was released in two “Dear Colleague” letters, one on the issue of in-state tuition and the other on PLUS loans and repayment. The letters are not the first to follow the Supreme Court’s 2013…


Ohio State Fires Band Director for Tolerating Sexual Harassment

The director of Ohio State University’s marching band has been fired after an internal investigation found he presided over routine sexual harassment among students, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

A 23-page report on the investigation, conducted by the university, states that the director, Jonathan Waters, knew or should have known about a variety of inappropriate rituals and traditions among student members, including an annual practice when students march in their underwear, the expectation th…


New Front Opens in War on For-Profit Campus Services: Day Care

Faculty and staff members at two universities are criticizing their institutions’ decisions to transfer management of their child-care facilities to for-profit companies.

At Tufts University, parents have raised concerns that new management of its day-care facility, by the for-profit Bright Horizons Child Care, might hurt the center’s quality, The Boston Globe reports. “It’s kind of like if Tufts all of a sudden said, ‘Hey, incoming freshmen, we’re going to hand over management to a for-profit…


Ubiquitous Consultant’s Latest Service? Outsourcing Rape Investigations—to Himself

The recent explosion of publicity surrounding cases of sexual assault on college campuses has not been kind to many people in the world of higher education. It has been kind to Brett A. Sokolow.

The influential higher-education consultant has long made a living by advising colleges on risk in an era of risky behavior. Mr. Sokolow’s business, the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, has founded or financed a handful of groups that conduct training sessions on issues that present …