U. of Akron Will Not Rehire ‘Success Coaches’ for Freshmen

The University of Akron will not renew contracts providing “success coaches” for new freshmen, The Plain Dealer reported on Wednesday.

The 16 coaches worked with about 275 students each in the 4,278-member freshman class.

The coaches were mostly Akron graduates who each earned $28,000 to $32,000 a year to follow students through their careers, at Akron and beyond.

The university’s Faculty Senate has criticized the coaches and how effective they would be for their cost.

According to a university …


Baylor Won’t Comment on Report That Ken Starr Is Fired as President

Following a report that Baylor University’s Board of Regents had fired Kenneth W. Starr as its president, the university said on Tuesday that it would not respond to “rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources.”

Citing anonymous sources, the website reported Tuesday morning that the regents had fired Mr. Starr.


Chancellor Is Criticized for Cellphone Use During Commencement

The chancellor of the Alamo Colleges is facing a backlash for using his cellphone as graduates walked across the stage in front of him during commencement last weekend at Palo Alto College, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Monday.

The chancellor, Bruce Leslie, was criticized on social media after pictures circulated of his phone use during the Texas college’s graduation ceremony.

Mr. Leslie was on the phone for about 40 minutes while on stage, said Tony Villanueva, president of Palo Alto’…


Adjuncts Vote to Unionize at Saint Louis U.

Adjunct faculty members in two divisions of Saint Louis University have voted overwhelmingly to unionize, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Monday.

Part-time instructors in the university’s College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences voted 89 to 28 in favor of forming a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union. One hundred and fifty-six adjuncts were eligible to vote.

The vote followed successful union drives by the SEIU at other campuses in the St. Louis a…


Faculty Strike Begins at Green River Community College

Faculty members at Green River Community College began a strike on Monday to protest its proposal to cut 11 programs, The Seattle Times reports.

The faculty said the strike at the Washington college would last three days, in order to minimally disrupt students’ lives. The last day of the quarter is June 10.

This month the college’s faculty voted no confidence in President Eileen E. Ely over the proposed cuts. Under the proposal, five tenured and one tenure-track faculty member would lose their j…


Kentucky State President to Resign This Week

Kentucky State University’s president said on Monday he would resign at the end of this week.

In a news release issued by Kentucky State, Raymond M. Burse wrote that he was stepping down after two years at the university’s helm, effective on Friday.

“At this juncture, I have decided that the further demands and challenges of Kentucky State must be undertaken by new leadership,” he wrote. “I have come to this conclusion after nearly six months of personal assessments and evaluations, which has re…


U. of Iowa Investigates Possible Cheating in Online Courses

The University of Iowa is looking into whether students in online courses cheated by having other people take examinations for them, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

At least 30 potential cases of academic misconduct were being reviewed, according to the AP. If students are found to have been involved in cheating, they would face disciplinary measures including suspension or expulsion.

The company that Iowa retains to verify online courses, ProctorU, found possible inconsistencies in stu…


Asian-American Groups Accuse Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale of Bias in Admissions

A long list of Asian-American groups plans on Monday to call for federal investigations of Brown University, Dartmouth College, and Yale University for alleged discrimination in admissions.

The Asian American Coalition for Education, consisting of more than 100 local, state, and national Asian-American organizations, intends to ask the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the three institutions. Its letter of complaint to the two federal a…


In Pun-Filled Invite, Drake U. Begs Drake, the Rapper, to Take a Campus Tour

After years of unrequited love, Drake University is now begging its favorite Canadian rapper to come to the Iowa campus.

The chart-topping rapper is invited to tour the university before his Summer Sixteen tour stop in Des Moines, the college announced in a Friday news release (and accompanying hashtag — #BringDrakeToDrake) guaranteed to make you cringe:

Drake University students have lobbied for years to #BringDrakeToDrake, and we’re eager to welcome this talented singer and songwriter to our…


Bill Diverting Funds from U. of Tenn. Diversity Office Becomes Law

A bill that diverts funds from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s diversity office into minority engineering scholarships will become law without Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature, The Tennessean reported on Friday.

The bill will reallocate about $436,000 from the diversity office to the scholarship fund in the coming academic year.

The State Senate’s Education Committee approved legislation in March to eliminate funding for the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The office has …