Common Application Gets New Leader From U. of Puget Sound

The Common Application has appointed a new executive director, the organization’s Board of Directors announced on Thursday.

Jenny Rickard, now vice president for enrollment at the University of Puget Sound, in Washington state, will take the helm of the nonprofit group that oversees the widely used admission-application platform in August. She will succeed Paul Mott, who left the organization this year.

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Ms. Rickard describes her vision for the Common App in a Chronicle interview.

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2 For-Profit Universities Will Cut Arbitration Clauses From Enrollment Agreements

Two for-profit universities owned by the Apollo Education Group will stop including mandatory arbitration clauses in students’ enrollment agreements, the company announced on Thursday.

Students at the University of Phoenix and Western International University will not have arbitration clauses in their enrollment agreements as of July 1, according to a news release.

The group has come under fire for its policy that does not allow students who say they’ve been defrauded to take the colleges to cou…


Johns Hopkins Will Cease Teaching Surgery With Live Pigs

The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Medicine announced on Wednesday that it would no longer teach surgical techniques with live pigs, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The practice, which has long drawn criticism from animal-rights advocates, has been almost entirely abandoned for computer simulations and other technology by American medical schools.

According to the Sun, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Medicine, in Chattanooga, will be the only one to still use liv…


Judge Rules Kentucky Governor Can Unilaterally Cut University Budgets

A state judge has ruled that Gov. Matthew G. Bevin of Kentucky can cut the budgets of public colleges and universities without the state legislature’s approval, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Two state laws let Governor Bevin, a Republican, trim state funds for the public institutions, according to the ruling, by Judge Thomas D. Wingate of the Franklin County Circuit Court. Although Mr. Bevin’s powers are limited, Judge Wingate said, the state legislature gave him the budget-cutting power…


Police Records Reveal Further Assault Allegations Against Baylor Football Players

A trove of police records, obtained by ESPN, reveal new allegations of criminal behavior — including sexual assault — against football players at Baylor University. The news report, just the latest in an investigative series by ESPN’s Outside the Lines, came out as Baylor officials were reviewing an outside report into the university’s response to alleged sexual assaults.

According to the ESPN report, many players were involved in incidents from 2011 to 2015, few were disciplined by the universi…


Facing Budget Cuts, Kentucky Community College System Lays Off 45 Faculty Members

The Kentucky Community and Technical College system has trimmed more than 500 positions, including those of 45 faculty and 125 staff members who were laid off, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on Wednesday.

The system faced a $26-million shortfall this year from repeated state budget cuts and declining enrollment. Earlier this month, the system’s president, Jay Box, warned of looming reductions in spending.

To offset the cuts, colleges across the system have eliminated 191 faculty positions …


Illinois Professors Speak Out Against Governor’s Pick for Higher-Ed Board

Professors at Illinois colleges and universities spoke out this week in interviews with The News-Gazette against Gov. Bruce V. Rauner’s nominee to the faculty seat on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Mr. Rauner, a Republican who took office in 2015 and has made a name for himself by slashing state funds to higher education, nominated John Bambenek, a part-time lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and onetime Republican candidate for the State Senate, on April 15. So…


Police Say Reported Assault of U. of Iowa Student Was Not a Hate Crime

[Updated (5/17/2016, 4:25 p.m.) to reflect information from an Iowa City Police Department news release.]

A fight two weeks ago involving a black student at the University of Iowa and three white men did not constitute a hate crime, the Iowa City Police Department has decided, according to a report on Monday in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The incident stirred up racial tensions on the campus when students complained that they had not received a timely crime alert after the incident was reported…


Need a New, Important-Sounding Job Title? Try This

The lengthy, jargony academic job title has long been an easy target for critics of the bureaucratization of higher ed. How many assistant deans, vice provosts, and special-assistants-to-the-whomever does a college need?

A new website,, takes that sentiment to the extreme, generating a new, fake job title — and estimated salary — with each click. For example:

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It’s unclear who designed the generator, but people appeared to first stumble upon it over the weekend:


Williston State College President to Resign Next Summer

Williston State College’s president, Raymond Nadolny, will resign when his contract expires, in June 2017, to spend more time with his family, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Nadolny, who was hired to lead the North Dakota institution in 2009, was placed on administrative leave in 2014 for allegations of misconduct due to alcohol use, but returned to his post about a month later, the Williston Herald reported.

In an announcement on Monday, Mr. Nadolny cited a desire to spend more time with hi…