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 The newspaper reported in April that the complaint had been withdrawn at…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…


Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Draws Fire From Architecture School It Runs

The architecture school that is run by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation on Wednesday criticized the foundation’s board over a decision that will result in the school’s losing its accreditation, The New York Times reported.

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which oversees the school, has warned that it will lose its accreditation in 2017. The commission requires accredited institutions to be incorporated separately from their sponsoring orga…


President of Suffolk U. Is Abruptly Replaced

[Updated (8/27/2014, 9:56 p.m.)] Suffolk University announced on Wednesday that it was appointing an interim president to replace James McCarthy, who has led the Massachusetts institution since February 2012 and had one year left on his contract. Suffolk’s Board of Trustees named Norman R. Smith as the university’s interim president, effective September 1, saying he “has a proven track record of dramatically improving institutions of higher education.” Mr. Smith is president emeritus of Wagner C…


Georgia Professor’s Rule on ‘Bless You’ Is Removed From Syllabus After Uproar

[Updated (8/28/2014, 5:50 a.m.) with news of the rule's removal.]

The College of Coastal Georgia said on Wednesday that a chemistry professor had removed a rule from his syllabus that had warned students that they faced grade reductions for disrupting class by saying “bless you” when someone sneezes.

News of the rule went viral after drawing the ire of national conservative news media.

The college said the professor, Leon C. Gardner, had made the rule to stop class disruptions and not to advance any religious or political viewpoint.

On his class syllabus, Mr. Gardner wrote that saying “bless you” is “especially rude” and that disruptive behaviors could result in a deduction of as much as 15 percent of the final grade. Other examples of disruptive behaviors on his list included being late to class and getting up to sharpen a pencil.

The college said that Mr. Gardner had removed the “bless you” example from his syllabus and that no student had ever been punished for violating that rule.

“The professor’s intent was to explain that disruptive behavior is not allowed in the classroom,” the college said in written statement. “The professor, who used other examples such as turning off cellphones prior to class and not arriving late, has removed the example and stated that no student has been disciplined or expelled from his class based on that example. The college is conducting a full review.”

BRUNSWICK | A College of Coastal Georgia professor has warned students he would lower the grades of students who say “Bless you” after someone sneezes during class, a spokesman for the college confirmed Wednesday.But the ban on “Bless you” is intended to stop class disruptions and is not a curb on freedom of speech or religion or any reflection of the professor’s religious or political philosophy, the spokesman said.

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Court Sides With U. of Missouri in Fight Over Teacher-Prep Syllabi

A state appeals court has ruled that the University of Missouri system does not have to release course syllabi, as they are the intellectual property of the faculty and therefore exempt from the state’s open-records law, the Columbia Daily Tribune reports.

The decision, handed down on Tuesday, is the latest chapter in a bid by the National Council on Teacher Quality to rank teacher-preparation programs by obtaining course syllabi and other materials from institutions nationwide. The group sued a…


College Freshmen Never Age (and 3 More Surprising Things About the Passage of Time)

You are getting older. You are older now than you were at the moment this page first loaded. And now you’re even older! Ha. You can’t stem the tide of time.

Such is the immutable law that underlies the Beloit Mindset List, an annual production of Beloit College that seeks to unpack the minds of college freshmen by reminding us, for example, that they were in kindergarten on 9/11. Or that Hong Kong has, for them, always been part of China.

Feel ancient yet? I don’t, but I’m 23.

Every year, you wi…