U.S. News & World Report’s annual global college rankings are out, and Harvard University tops the list, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Oxford. The list’s methodology favors global reputation and research volume, among other factors. Because of the distinct methodology, Princeton University, which the magazine named the top American university this year, was ranked 13th on the global list.
A new project led by the billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg’s philanthropic foundation will try to raise the number of low-income students attending top-tier colleges, The New York Times reports. Bloomberg Philanthropies and a number of other groups will announce their plans on Tuesday.
The project focuses on academically successful students in the bottom half of the income range. Its aim is to increase the number of those students who attend institutions with six-year graduation rates of more tha…
The Pac-12 Conference on Monday adopted a package of reforms for athletes that includes improved health-care benefits and guaranteed four-year scholarships for athletes in all sports at its 12 member universities. The Big Ten Conference announced similar changes earlier this month.
The Pac-12 and the Big Ten are among the five powerful conferences that the NCAA is giving new latitude to make their own rules. The others in the “Power Five” group are the Atlantic Coast, the Big 12, and the Southea…
A new contract guarantees most part-time professors at Tufts University better job security and a 22-percent pay raise over three years, The Boston Globe reports. The agreement caps a push by adjuncts at Tufts to organize for improved pay and benefits, among other things.
The terms of the new contract, which goes into effect on January 1, also call for:
- Adjuncts to get first notice of and a guaranteed interview for any full-time openings.
- The creation of a $25,000-per-year pool of money for pro…
A Florida State University running back, Karlos Williams, is under investigation by the Tallahassee police over an accusation of domestic battery, The New York Times reported. The police department confirmed that it had received the case but released no further details.
The university said in a statement on Monday that it was “aware of” the investigation of Mr. Williams and that his status with the team was under review.
Mr. Williams is the third Florida State starter to face an abuse claim in t…
Graduate students at the City University of New York have voted not to support a boycott of Israeli colleges and divestment from Israeli companies, the newspaper Haaretz reports. A plurality of the Doctoral Students’ Council, which represents roughly 4,700 students, voted on Friday in favor of the measure, but passage required a majority. The vote concluded a heated debate in which members of each side accused the other of attempting to silence their opinions.
Most colleges in Boston have not paid the city the amount of money it has requested for municipal services, The Boston Globe reports. As part of a three-year-old program, nonprofit organizations with property valued at more than $15-million are asked to pay the city twice a year for services like police protection and snow removal.
A Globe review found that most colleges don’t make the voluntary payments. For example, Northeastern University, which was asked to pay the city $2.5-million for the most recent fiscal year, paid nothing.
“They were all in the room, and they all agreed to this,” said Stephen J. Murphy, a member of the City Council. But the president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, Richard Doherty, said that the voluntary payments would force many of Boston’s colleges to resort to budget cuts, and that the colleges already benefited the city in other ways.
Three colleges in New York State have agreed to drop from their applications questions about prospective students’ criminal records, The New York Times reports. A review conducted by the state’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman, found that St. John’s University, Five Towns College, and Dowling College make overly broad inquiries into applicants’ criminal histories.
The review arose out of a concern that racial disparities in how the police make arrests place an unfair burden on minority ap…
The Board of Trustees of the University of Maine system voted, 9 to 2, on Friday to approve the elimination of two academic programs at the University of Southern Maine, a master’s in applied medical sciences and the undergraduate major in French. Southern Maine’s president, David T. Flanagan, has said the cuts are necessary, along with the elimination of 50 faculty positions in various departments, to help close a budget gap of $16-million for the next fiscal year.
The board voted last month to cut three other programs at Southern Maine: the graduate program in American and New England studies, the geosciences major, and the arts-and-humanities major at the university’s Lewiston campus.
California State University at Northridge has halted fraternity-pledging activities amid another investigation into possible hazing, following the death of a pledge at a different Greek organization this past summer. The university recently revised its rules for Greek organizations and student clubs after Armando Villa, a 19-year-old student, died on a fraternity-pledge hike.
The national office of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity shut down the Northridge campus’s chapter after the student’s death. And now the university has suspended pledging activities after another fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, drew scrutiny for possible hazing. That organization was placed on interim suspension pending the outcome of the university’s inquiry.
William Watkins, the university’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students, announced the decision to halt pledging activities in a letter this week.