For-Profit Anthem Education Files for Bankruptcy

Anthem Education, a for-profit education company with dozens of campuses nationwide, filed for bankruptcy on Monday, Inside Higher Ed reports. The company has suddenly shut down several of its campuses and is in the process of selling off others.

The company signaled in July that it was in financial straits. The bankruptcy filing comes as for-profit educators nationally face harsher scrutiny from lawmakers and government regulators.


‘Yes Means Yes’ Bill Clears California Legislature

California lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to a bill that would require colleges to adopt a “yes means yes” standard for defining sexual consent in investigations of sexual-assault allegations, the Bay Area News Group reported.

If the measure, Senate Bill 967, is signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, all public and private colleges that receive state student-aid money would have to agree that silence or lack of resistance does not imply a green light for sex, and that drunkenness is not…


George Washington U. Speaks Out on Sex Assaults After Furor Over Ex-Chief’s Remarks

George Washington University on Thursday released a statement calling sexual assault “repugnant and unacceptable” after a former president of the institution, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, drew sharp criticism over remarks he made about the subject on a radio show.

Mr. Trachtenberg served as the university’s president from 1988 to 2007 and is a professor of public service. He appeared this week on The Diane Rehm Show, a National Public Radio program, as part of a panel that discussed fraternities, …


Campus-Banking Costs Can Add Up, Report Warns

Report: “Campus Banking Products: College Students Face Hurdles to Accessing Clear Information and Accounts That Meet Their Needs”

Publication: Consumer Reports

Summary: Consumer Reports reviewed campus banking products offered by nine financial companies to compare their terms and calculate their costs.

It found that while some products offered simple, low-cost fee structures and convenient access to funds, others charged high or multiple usage fees that could add up to hundreds of dollars for …


What Classroom Distraction Annoys You the Most? Tell Us

We’ve noticed a trend this week in the topic that has gotten readers talking: classroom nuisances. Take our most popular story of the week, a blog post in which Anne Curzan makes the case for banning laptops from the classroom. She argues that laptop use is a distraction—not just for the user but for the class as a whole.

Louise Katz tackled another annoyance in an article published on Monday. In it she describes how she encouraged students to turn off their cellphones during class and how she w…


Illinois’s Philosophy Dept. Declares No Confidence in University Leaders

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s philosophy department has approved a resolution expressing no confidence in the university’s leadership, The News-Gazette reported.

The resolution cites concerns about the university’s decision not to hire Steven G. Salaita, a professor who had been offered a tenured position in American Indian studies. Mr. Salaita’s job offer was subject to approval by the university’s Board of Trustees, and the university decided not to send his appointment …


Chancellor Resigns Abruptly at Montana State U. Campus

The chancellor of Montana State University-Northern resigned Thursday morning, effective on Friday, the Havre Daily News reports. In an email to the campus, James Limbaugh, who had been chancellor since 2012, said “continuing controversy on campus and in the community” had made it difficult for the institution to move forward.

Mr. Limbaugh has dealt with a handful of controversies during his tenure. In June it was revealed that a former provost had been accused of inappropriately touching a dean…


Professor at Israeli University Says He Was Fired Over His Political Views

A professor at Ariel University, in Israel, has accused the institution of dismissing him over his political views, Haaretz has reported.

A disciplinary panel said the professor, Amir Hetsroni, was being dismissed for “conduct inappropriate for a member of the faculty.” He had been accused in a complaint of making disparaging comments on his Facebook page about an Internet forum for women who were victims of sexual assault. The newspaper reported in April that the complaint had been withdrawn at…


Stimulus Law Didn’t Protect State Financial Aid

Report: “The Role of State Policy in Promoting College Affordability”

Author: Jennifer A. Delaney, assistant professor of education policy, organization, and leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Publication: The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Summary: The federal stimulus law of 2009 had a maintenance-of-effort provision that required states to hold steady the amount they appropriated for public colleges. While that measure worked generally…


FBI Raids 2 Campuses of Shuttered For-Profit College

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Tuesday raided two campuses of Anamarc College as well as the home of the shuttered for-profit institution’s owners, the El Paso Times reported.

The agents searched one of the college’s two campuses in El Paso, Tex., and its campus in Santa Teresa, N.M. The college closed in June because of financial troubles. It offered programs in medical fields and at one point enrolled more than 1,200 students on three campuses.

FBI officials said they were executing…