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…


Steven Salaita Sues U. of Illinois in Records Dispute

Steven G. Salaita, the scholar who saw the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign revoke his job offer after he made harsh criticisms of Israel on social media, has filed a lawsuit accusing the university of violating the state’s open-records law, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Mr. Salaita became the public face of a debate about academic freedom after the university rescinded an offer of a tenured professorship in its program in American Indian studies. Many scholars criticized the university’s handling of his case, and Mr. Salaita vowed to wage a legal fight if he was not reinstated.

Mr. Salaita’s complaint seeks to force the university to turn over emails related to his aborted job offer, asserting that the university had responded improperly to a request made under the state’s open-records law.

U. of I. spokesman Thomas Hardy, the university’s chief records officer, said school officials had not yet seen the lawsuit.

“We’ll review it carefully and defend the university’s interests,” Hardy said.

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Performance-Funding Formulas Spur Some State Colleges to Raise Admissions Standards

Report: “Unintended Impacts of Performance Funding on Community Colleges and Universities in Three States”

Authors: Hana Lahr, Lara Pheatt, Kevin Dougherty, Sosanya Jones, Rebecca Natow, and Vikash Reddy

Organization: Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College

Summary: New policies in Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee that link significant portions of state budget allocations to colleges’ graduation and persistence rates are causing some four-year colleges to become m…


College Chief Apologizes to Woman Who Says 2 Football Players Raped Her

The president of Oregon State University has apologized to a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by two of the college’s football players in 1998, The Oregonian reports.

The newspaper published a column on Friday about Brenda Tracy, who says she was gang-raped by the Oregon State players and two other men. She did not cooperate with a police investigation, and the district attorney’s office dropped the case.

Edward J. Ray, president of Oregon State, wrote in an email to the campus on Mond…