Monthly Archives: October 2011

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Obama’s Student-Loan Relief Plan Will Help Colleges, Moody’s Says

President Obama’s plan, announced last week, to reduce monthly payments for low-income borrowers and drop interest rates for students who consolidate into the government’s direct-loan program will have a “credit positive” effect on colleges, Moody’s Investors Service said today. Aside from reducing the burden of debt repayment for affected students, the plan could help spur student demand and revenue growth for colleges and universities, the credit-rating agency said. Colleges’ ability to incre…

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7 University Groups Bid to Build New Technology Campus in New York City

An Indian university and a consortium of New York City-based medical institutions joined five other bidders in submitting proposals for the chance to build, with city assistance, a new “applied sciences” campus in the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Monday. Amity University, in India, submitted a bid seeking to build on Governor’s Island, and a group of institutions that include the New York Genome Center, the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Rockefeller University, and the State Univ…

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4 Colleges Named as Hosts of 2012 Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced today the four colleges and universities that will play host to the three presidential and one vice-presidential debates during the 2012 election. The nonpartisan, nonprofit commission said the presidential debates will be held at the University of Denver, in Colorado (October 3); Hofstra University, in New York (October 16); and Lynn University, in Florida (October 22). The vice-presidential debate will take place at Centre College, in Kentucky (…

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U. of Texas Regents Invest in Company With Ties to Ex-Chancellor

The University of Texas system’s Board of Regents invested $10-million in endowment funds in an online course-planning site that is closely connected to a former system chancellor and a fund raiser for Gov. Rick Perry, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The regents voted unanimously in August to invest in the MyEdu Corporation, an Austin-based start-up whose investors include William H. Cunningham, a former chancellor. His son is one of the company’s founders. The company’s chairman served o…

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Florida A&M Trustees Remove ‘Evergreen’ Clause From President’s Contract

Florida A&M University’s trustees have approved a half-dozen changes in the contract of James H. Ammons, the university’s president, including the elimination of an “evergreen” contract clause that required his three-year employment agreement to be renewed each day, according to The Tallahassee Democrat. The news site reported that the trustees unanimously agreed to the new contract, which includes the terms of a draft agreement that provide for Mr. Ammons to be employed through June 30, 2016, w…

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Art Student at U. of Memphis Awarded $4-Million After Off-Campus Injury

A Tennessee jury ruled on Friday in favor of a former University of Memphis student who suffered a severe brain injury six years ago, after falling down an elevator shaft at a university-sponsored event at an off-campus art gallery, The Commercial Appeal, a local newspaper, reported. The student, Austin T. Wells, who is now 30, told the court that his artistic career had suffered as a result of the accident, which occurred in a gallery where his work was being shown as part of a senior art exhib…

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Snowstorm Knocks Out Power to Colleges in Northeast

Many colleges in Connecticut and western Massachusetts will be closed on Monday after a major snowstorm toppled power lines across the region, leaving their campuses without electricity or heat. In Connecticut, more than 880,000 customers lost power during the storm, and in Massachusetts, more than 660,000 were affected, according to reports by The Hartford Courant, The Boston Globe, and The Republican, in Springfield, Mass. It is likely to be days, and more than a week in some places, before po…

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Transgender Student Says California Baptist U. Expelled Her

A transgender student who identifies as female says she was expelled from California Baptist University after she revealed on an MTV reality show that she is biologically male, The Press-Enterprise, a newspaper in in Riverside, Calif., reported. The student, Domaine Javier, was set to begin a nursing program at California Baptist in September after transferring from Riverside City College, but the university sent her a letter in August saying she was expelled for “committing or attempting to eng…

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San Antonio College Official Asked Student Newspaper to Pay Him for Interview

The student-life director at San Antonio College recently declined to be interviewed by student journalists unless they paid him, according to reports by the San Antonio Express-News and the student newspaper, The Ranger. The student paper had exchanged e-mails with the director, Jorge Posadas, but it also wanted a face-to-face interview to discuss the handling of student fees. In an e-mail to The Ranger’s student editor, Mr. Posadas declined to be interviewed but suggested that they could “set …

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Faculty Unions at Montana State U.-Bozeman Ratify Their First Contracts

The two new faculty unions at Montana State University at Bozeman—one representing tenured and tenure-track faculty members, and the other representing adjunct faculty—have approved their first-ever collective-bargaining contracts, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. The agreements give both groups’ members the same pay raises Montana State is giving to all employees, union and nonunion, as well as additional raises for tenure-track faculty upon promotion.  Kari Cargill, president of the non-…