UVa President Responds to ‘Rolling Stone’ Article About Rape on Campus

An article published by Rolling Stone on Wednesday accuses the University of Virginia of turning a blind eye to a “culture of hidden sexual violence” on its campus, but the institution’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, responded in a statement posted on the university’s Website Wednesday evening that UVa takes seriously both the issue of sexual misconduct and the institution’s duty to provide a safe environment for its students.

The magazine article, “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Strugg…


Community-College Leaders Expect State Appropriations to Recover Slowly

Report: “Recovery Continues, but Competition Is Fierce”

Organization: Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

Summary: The annual survey of the National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges shows that states continue their slow recovery from the recession.

Midyear state budget cuts are becoming rare. But hoped-for increases in appropriations for higher education are being displaced, in some cases, by other spending priorities, including Medicaid, elementary…


U. of California Committee Approves Tuition Increases Amid Protests

A committee of the University of California Board of Regents on Wednesday approved a plan that could raise tuition by as much as 5 percent in each of the next five years, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The meeting, at the university’s San Francisco campus, saw fireworks inside and out. Hundreds of student protesters gathered beforehand, attempted to keep the regents from entering, and jostled with campus police officers when they intervened. Karl Pister, an 89-year-old former chancellor of the s…


Fund Raisers’ Group Names U. of Melbourne Official as New President

Sue Cunningham, vice principal for advancement at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, will be the next president of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the council announced on Thursday.

Ms. Cunningham will succeed John Lippincott, who said in January that he would retire after 11 years as CASE’s president. CASE said that Ms. Cunningham has 17 years of experience working with academic institutions, and has worked regularly in North America, Europe, and Asia. She will t…


Labor-Board Officer Rejects Marist College Vote Against Adjunct Union

An official at the National Labor Relations Board has called for the agency to toss out the results of an unsuccessful vote to unionize adjunct instructors at Marist College after concluding that the election had been tainted by the college’s interference and by ballots wrongly cast by administrative employees.

Thomas A. Miller, a regional NLRB hearing officer, said in a report released on Monday that illegal actions by the private college, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., justified disallowing the narrow…


Chicago State U.’s Interim Provost Is Cleared of Plagiarism Charges

Chicago State University’s interim provost, Angela Henderson, has been cleared of allegations that she plagiarized her dissertation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

An independent hearing officer hired by the University of Illinois at Chicago, where Ms. Henderson had earned her Ph.D. in nursing, found that problems with her bibliography did not constitute plagiarism.

Ms. Henderson sued the University of Illinois at Chicago in July for publicly discussing her academic history. In December a Chicag…


U. of Illinois Taps SUNY’s Research Chief as Next President

Timothy L. Killeen, a researcher in geophysics who has been leading the State University of New York’s research foundation for two years, will be the next president of the University of Illinois, the system announced on Wednesday.

Mr. Killeen will earn a $600,000 starting salary and up to $100,000 each year in performance incentives, The News-Gazette reports. He will succeed Robert A. Easter, who will retire next year after three years as president. The appointment is subject to the approval of…


Senior Democrats Criticize Changes in Education Dept.’s Default Rate

Two senior Democratic lawmakers sent a letter on Tuesday to the education secretary, Arne Duncan, criticizing changes the Education Department has made in how it calculates cohort default rates on student loans. Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Rep. George Miller of California took the department to task for exempting from penalties some colleges with default rates of 30 percent or more.

“With few exceptions, any institution or program where students consistently default over the 30% threshold should…


Chinese Newspaper Tells Professors to Tone Down Criticism of China

A Chinese newspaper is calling on professors to stop criticizing China, The New York Times reports. Liaoning Daily, a newspaper run by the Communist Party, last week published an article, “Teacher, Please Don’t Talk About China Like That: An Open Letter to Teachers of Philosophy and Social Science,” that assails professors for being too critical of socialism and for exaggerating government corruption, among other things.

The newspaper said its reporters had attended roughly 100 classes at 20 educational institutions and found “the phenomenon of ‘being scornful of China’ definitely exists, and in some cases it’s quite excessive.” The article has since been republished on several other state-run news media.

The urging comes amid a larger fight over academic freedom, a flashpoint of which was the firing last year of an economist at Peking University who had advocated liberal reforms.

A Chinese newspaper’s look into university professors’ criticism of China has triggered an online debate about academic freedom and whether scholars have a patriotic duty to refrain from making overly negative comments about the country, its society and its political system.

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Medical-Colleges Group Releases Standards for Treating LGBT Patients

The Association of American Medical Colleges has released a set of guidelines aimed at helping medical schools better train physicians to treat people who are LGBT, don’t identify with a gender, or are born with differences of sex development. The guidelines, contained in a report, are the first comprehensive set of standards for treating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients, according to a news release from the organization.

Such patients “often experience challenges when seeking ca…