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Read What President Obama Thinks About Sensitivity and Free Speech on Campus

President Obama traveled to Iowa on Monday with his education secretary, Arne Duncan, to talk to high-school students about college access and affordability. During the question-and-answer session, a student asked the president about an unnamed Republican presidential contender’s proposal to defund “politically biased colleges.”

In his answer, Mr. Obama touched on issues of sensitivity and free speech on college campuses. Watch the video below, followed by an edited transcript of his remarks. T…


Portland State U. Almost — Almost — Got a $100-Million Donation

[Updated (8/21/2015, 11:17 p.m.) with details about the unraveling of the would-be donation.]

Talk about a tough break.

Portland State University was on the verge of securing a $100-million donation from an anonymous donor — even going so far as to plan the details of the news conference announcing the gift — but the deal didn’t go through.

College officials told The Oregonian they were still in talks with the donor but acknowledged that the donation may be dead. “Ultimately, it’s up to a donor …


Angelo State U. Football Player Is Killed by Police in Dallas Suburb

Friends and teammates are mourning an Angelo State University football player who was shot and killed early Friday during an altercation with police officers in Arlington, Tex.

Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old sophomore who played defensive back, died after being shot inside a car dealership as police officers responded to a security company’s report that video showed someone had crashed a car through a window of the dealership, according to police accounts. The police said a struggle followed.


Fraternity Plans Legal Action Against ‘Rolling Stone’ Over Rape Account

The University of Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity says it “plans to pursue all available legal action” against Rolling Stone magazine over its discredited account of a gang rape at the chapter’s house, The Washington Post reports.

“Clearly our fraternity and its members have been defamed,” said chapter president Stephen Scipione, in a news release on Monday, “but more importantly we fear this entire episode may prompt some victims to remain in the shadows, fearful to confront their …


Ex-Student Charged in Fraternity Stunt That Left 2 Flamingos Dead

A county grand jury on Friday indicted a former student at the University of Southern Mississippi for his role in a 2014 fraternity scavenger hunt that resulted in the deaths of two Chilean flamingos at the Hattiesburg Zoo, the Hattiesburg American reports.

Devin Nottis was charged in October with grand larceny, trespassing, and two counts of animal cruelty. The indictment announced on Friday said Mr. Nottis had conspired with others in the incident, which led the university to indefinitely susp…


Audit Finds Education Dept. Lacks Plan to Fight Student-Loan Defaults

The Education Department “does not have a comprehensive plan or strategy to prevent student-loan defaults,” an audit conducted by the department’s Office of Inspector General has concluded.

A report on the audit’s findings, released on Friday, argues that the department’s lack of a coherent strategy renders it ill equipped to find effective measures against default, identify risks that cause loan delinquency, and work effectively with companies that service student loans on the department’s beha…


Hocking College’s President, a Victor in 2011 Battle With Trustees, Retires

Ron J. Erickson, whose five years as president of Hocking College were marked by an unusual dispute with the Ohio institution’s Board of Trustees—in which he was fired and then reinstated—resigned on Thursday, according to the Athens Messenger.

After a two-hour meeting, the board announced that Mr. Erickson would become special assistant to the board chair for special projects, and that the two-year college would hold a reception on Friday “to see him off.”

Such a warm farewell seemed unlikely b…


Who’s Looking for College-Educated Workers?

Report: “The Online College Labor Market”

Authors: Anthony P. Carnevale, Tamara Jayasundera, Dmitri Repnikov

Organization: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Summary: The paper uses data from Burning Glass Technologies to analyze the demand for college-educated workers in different occupations and industries.


  • More than 80 percent of job openings for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree are posted online, while less than half of advertisements for workers …

Provost’s Resignation at Our Lady of Holy Cross College Spurs Dispute

The circumstances of a popular administrator’s resignation from Our Lady of Holy Cross College have led to a call for her reinstatement, reports The Times-Picayune.

Patricia Prechter, who served as both chief academic officer and chair of the nursing school at the New Orleans college, had told the president, Ronald Ambrosetti, via email of her intention to resign from the former position so she could focus on the latter. Mr. Ambrosetti wrote back that she could resign from both positions or nei…


National Hispanic U. Reportedly Will Close by Summer of 2015

National Hispanic University, which stopped enrolling new students in January, expects to close as a four-year college by the summer of 2015, the San Jose Mercury News reported, citing a statement by the institution’s corporate owner, Laureate Education Inc.

The company bought National Hispanic in 2010 and planned to significantly increase its enrollment by adding 8,000 students online and starting new degree programs. But those efforts never took off, and Laureate officials have said rules rest…