Expansion Blocked: Casino Doesn’t Want Stockton U. as a Neighbor

Stockton University, in southern New Jersey, thought it had a safe bet when it bought the shuttered Showboat casino-hotel in Atlantic City for $18 million last year, with hopes of turning the property into a campus. But the Trump Taj Majal Casino Resort, just next door, has dealt the plan a serious setback, The Press of Atlantic City reports.

Trump is insisting on enforcing a 1988 legal covenant it had with the Showboat’s former owner, Caesars Entertainment, that says the property cannot be us…


U.S. Appeals Court Backs Accreditor’s Decision Against a Massage School

In January 2014 a federal judge in Virginia reversed an accreditor’s decision to revoke the accreditation of a massage school in Missouri, and took the unusual step of awarding more than $400,000 in damages to the institution.

On Tuesday a federal appeals court reversed the lower court and upheld the accreditor’s decision, ruling that the district court’s action amounted to “a wholesale substitution of the judgment of the court for that of the agency.”

The case stemmed from a March 2012 decision…


Naspa’s Annual Conference Was Going Well. Then Yik Yak Showed Up.

Student-affairs professionals flocked to New Orleans this week for the annual meeting of Naspa — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. It’s one of the few times of the year they can get away from students and their annoying habits like, say, their use of the anonymous messaging app (and frequent powder keg of vulgarity) Yik Yak. Sounds like a great getaway, right?

Foolish student-affairs professionals. When will they learn? Yik Yak knows no borders.

The conference — which, again,…


U. of Mississippi May Lose $20 Million if Chancellor Stays Ousted

A $20-million grant to the University of Mississippi might be rescinded if the state’s governing board for higher education sticks to its decision to oust the college’s chancellor, Daniel W. Jones.

The Clarion-Ledger, a newspaper in Jackson, reports that the president of the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, Anthony T. Papa, said on Monday that the organization would not go through with the grant if Dr. Jones were not the university’s president. Officials had planned to use the money for a new scienc…


Penn State to Examine Role of Fraternities and Sororities on Campus

Under pressure to respond more forcefully to allegations that fraternity members shared photographs of unsuspecting nude women online, Pennsylvania State University’s president announced on Monday that he would appoint a task force to undertake a broad investigation into the role of Greek organizations on the campus.

The president, Eric J. Barron, acknowledged that protesters have been calling for the expulsion or suspension of every member of the fraternity at the center of the controversy, Ka…


Sweet Briar Alumnae Outline Legal Case Against College

Lawyers representing a group of Sweet Briar College alumnae sent a letter on Monday to the college’s lawyer demanding the president and the Board of Directors step down or face a possible legal challenge.

In February the board voted to close the women’s college at the end of the current academic year, a decision that has roiled the Virginia campus and drawn sharp criticism from skeptical alumnae and professors. Now a nonprofit group called Saving Sweet Briar is saying the administration failed …


Police Discredit ‘Rolling Stone’ Account of UVa Gang Rape

The police in Charlottesville, Va., say they have found no evidence to support the account of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house infamously described last year by Rolling Stone magazine, The Washington Post reports. In a news conference on Monday, Chief Timothy J. Longo Sr. said the alleged rape victim — known only by her first name, Jackie — had declined to cooperate with the investigation.

Chief Longo said evidence suggested that the fraternity in question did not have a …


What Liberty U. Students Had to Say During Ted Cruz’s Presidential Announcement

For his long-anticipated announcement on Monday that he would run for president, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz chose a location befitting his conservative bona fides: the Christian college and online giant Liberty University.

But the Texas Republican met more than a receptive crowd at the Lynchburg, Va., university. Like most college students, those at Liberty use the anonymous message-board app Yik Yak to gripe, quip, and opine. During Mr. Cruz’s speech, they did just that — and screenshots of the messa…


Team Teaching Is One Key to Success of Job-Training Program, Report Says

Report: “The Second Year of Accelerating Opportunity: Implementation Findings From the States and Colleges”

Organization: Jobs for the Future

Summary: Community colleges in four states are making progress in helping adults who fall below basic literacy levels improve their academic skills and land decent-paying jobs. That’s the conclusion of an independent evaluation of the Accelerating Opportunity Program two years into the three-year effort.

Jobs for the Future manages the program, which is de…


Residencies Offered to Medical Students Increase Again

Almost 17,000 seniors at medical schools were matched to residencies on Friday, representing an increase of 500 from last year, the National Resident Matching Program announced. About 94 percent of the 18,025 seniors who submitted program preferences were matched to residencies.

The number of students matched to internal-medicine programs increased by 246 from 2014, which continues a trend observed in recent years. Over all, 41,334 people registered to be matched, and 30,212 positions were offe…