Brown U. Plans to Spend $100 Million to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Brown University expects to spend more than $100 million over the next 10 years to deal with issues of racism and diversity at the institution, officials announced late this week.

The university’s president, Christina H. Paxson, unveiled a draft “action plan” with a series of steps intended “to promote diversity and inclusion and confront the issues of racism, power, privilege, inequity, and injustice that are part of the Brown experience for so many members of our campus.”

Officials are seeking…


Anthropology Association Moves Forward on Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

The American Anthropological Association moved closer to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions on Friday, as members at the group’s annual meeting, in Denver, voted overwhelmingly to support a resolution calling for the move. The resolution now will be sent to the association’s full membership for a final vote this coming spring.

The resolution calls for the association to refrain from any formal work with Israeli colleges and universities, though it does not address individual scholars. Th…


Former Professor Is Convicted of Embezzling $650,000 From Student Fund

A federal jury in Tallahassee, Fla., on Thursday convicted a former professor at Florida State University of embezzlement for taking some $650,000 from a fund at the university created to give business students direct investing experience.

According to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Tallahassee that was quoted by WCTV, a local television station, James S. Doran, a former assistant professor of finance, transferred the money to a personal account from the Student Investment Fun…


Photos of Black Professors Are Defaced at Harvard Law School

Black tape was found covering the faces of black Harvard Law School professors on framed photographs outside a lecture hall on Thursday, a day after students there held a rally in solidarity with other campuses protesting racism across the country.

Photos of the taped-over pictures circulated on Twitter:


Smith College Protesters Bar Journalists From Covering Sit-In Unless They Support the Cause

Student protesters at Smith College barred journalists from a sit-in on Wednesday that drew a crowd of hundreds unless they agreed to support the cause, reports The Republican, a newspaper in Springfield, Mass.

The sit-in was held in solidarity with protesters at the University of Missouri, who have for months spoken out against the treatment of black students on the campus, and who last week succeeded in forcing the resignations of the system’s president and the flagship campus’s chancellor.



Tuition Revenue Is Expected to Be Stagnant Again Next Year, Moody’s Says

Public and private colleges and universities alike expect tuition revenue to be relatively stagnant in the 2016 fiscal year, according to Moody’s Investors Service’s annual tuition survey.

A report on the survey said that both public and private institutions project about a 2-percent increase in net tuition revenue, in keeping with a trend of “muted” growth also observed in last year’s report.

The survey, which drew responses from about 170 institutions, also found that nearly two-thirds of publ…


Harvard’s Admissions Dean Shares Concerns About New Application

Harvard University’s top admissions official has concerns about the plans of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success for a new application platform, reports The Harvard Crimson.

The newspaper reports that William R. Fitzsimmons, the dean of admissions and financial aid, has “repeatedly opposed” the coalition’s membership requirements, which include a six-year graduation rate of at least 70 percent. He also criticized the proposed application’s virtual “locker” feature: “I worry that…


U. of Montana Plans to Eliminate 52 Faculty Jobs as Part of Budget Cuts

The University of Montana at Missoula will eliminate 201 full-time jobs, including 52 faculty posts, because of budget concerns, The Billings Gazette reports.

The university’s president, Royce C. Engstrom, who announced the cuts on Tuesday, said the disciplines most heavily affected would be journalism, anthropology, English, geography, liberal studies, art, political science, and forestry management, among others. Of the faculty positions being cut, 25 are already vacant.

Professors responded b…


15% of Female Freshmen Are Raped While Incapacitated, Study Suggests

Roughly 15 percent of female college students are raped while incapacitated by alcohol or drugs during their freshman year, according to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

The study, which was based on a survey of 483 female freshmen at an unidentified university in New York State, found that 18 percent said they had been raped while incapacitated before college, and, of those, 41 percent reported being raped again while incapacitated.

The role of alcohol in ca…


After Decades of Hand-Wringing, U. of North Dakota Has a New Nickname

The University of North Dakota, at long last, has a new nickname, the Grand Forks Herald reports.

“Fighting Hawks” will replace “Fighting Sioux” as the university’s new moniker, ending a decades-long struggle over whether to discontinue the longtime Sioux mascot, which some students, faculty members, and alumni assailed as racist. Among the forces opposing the nickname’s removal were several lawsuits and, most recently, a former mayor’s effort to trademark the possible replacements.

The new nick…