The faculty union at the University of Delaware has assailed the president over a column he wrote suggesting that professors give up some of their autonomy in course design, among other things, The News Journal reports.
The union called the ideas presented in Patrick T. Harker’s February 5 column in The Philadelphia Inquirer “an affront to the mission of university education and to core values of academic life.”
In the column, Mr. Harker argues that universities nationwide must embrace a more “l…
The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, the longtime president of the University of Notre Dame and a legendary figure in American higher education, died on Thursday night, the university said. He was 97.
Father Hesburgh, who led the Roman Catholic institution from 1952 to 1987, catapulted it to national prominence, earning it a reputation as one of the best-known Christian universities in the world. He was also a champion of civil rights, serving on the first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as he fought …
The University of Oregon on Thursday dropped a counterclaim it had filed as part of its response to a lawsuit by a student who contends that the university mishandled her sexual-assault complaint against three basketball players, The Register-Guard reports.
In a lawsuit filed in January against the university and its head basketball coach, Dana Altman, the student alleged that the institution and the coach had made winning games a higher priority than investigating her claim.
The university file…
Evan S. Dobelle, a former president of Westfield State University, has agreed to drop a federal lawsuit he filed against the Massachusetts institution’s Board of Trustees and the state’s higher-education commissioner. Mr. Dobelle had accused the state official and the trustees, who put him on leave amid questions about his spending practices, of conspiring to destroy his reputation.
Ross H. Garber, Mr. Dobelle’s lawyer, said in a statement cited by The Republican that the cost of continuing the legal fight was “simply too great.”
In November 2013, Mr. Dobelle said he would retire as the university’s president, after drawing scrutiny over his expenses. The state is suing him in an attempt to recoup public money that Mr. Dobelle allegedly misspent.
Sixteen months after rejecting the idea by a narrow margin, adjunct instructors at Bentley University have overwhelmingly voted to form a union affiliated with the Service Employees International Union.
The vote at the private college in Waltham, Mass., was 108 to 42. The union chapter is the latest of several formed in an SEIU campaign to organize adjunct faculty members at private colleges throughout the Boston area. Bentley’s administration, which had opposed the unionization of adjuncts th…
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday released a bill meant to fight sexual assault on college campuses. The “Campus Accountability and Safety Act” bears the same name as one introduced last summer by many of the same senators, and calls for many of the same requirements for campuses, including:
- The designation of confidential advisers to arrange support services for victims of sexual assault.
- Specialized training for everyone who handles campus rape cases.
- A biennial survey of studen…
Former students of Mountain State University will receive a settlement of more than $11.3-million following lawsuits that accused the defunct institution of not doing enough to stop its accreditation from being revoked, The Charleston Gazette reports. A three-judge panel approved the agreement, first proposed in August of last year, on Thursday.
The University of Charleston reached a deal to take over the West Virginia campuses of Mountain State, a private, nonprofit institution, in 2012. The next year, Mountain State lost its accreditation over concerns about its academic quality. The sale of two campuses will provide about $10-million of the settlement money, which totals more than $18.5-million, and Mountain State’s insurer will cover the rest.
Correction (2/26/2015, 3:19 p.m.): An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the former students would receive more than $17-million in settlement money. They will receive roughly $11.3-million. The post has been updated to reflect this correction.
Faculty members at Gordon College are upset with their president once again over the decision to sell off 10 percent of a valuable rare-books collection, The Boston Globe reports. A descendant of the book collection’s donor also criticized the planned sale, which could bring in as much as $2.5-million. Another descendant told the Globe that the family had no paperwork documenting the intent of the donor, Edward P. Vining.
While the Massachusetts college acknowledged that Mr. Vining had wanted the collection to stay together, a spokesman, Rick Sweeney, said the sale would be “the best way to honor the larger intent of this collection” because the proceeds would be used to pay for the preservation of the rest of the books.
The collection includes volumes dating from the 1400s and written in ancient dialects.
Last year some professors criticized the Christian college’s president, D. Michael Lindsay, after he signed a letter seeking an exemption from a federal ban on antigay discrimination by federal contractors.
Efforts to unionize faculty members at the California Institute of the Arts have stalled just as professors were about to vote on whether to join the Service Employees International Union, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The SEIU is trying to organize part-time professors in cities across the country. The effort at the California Institute of the Arts was distinct in that nearly all its faculty members would have been represented because the college does not offer tenure. One professor told the T…
Chapman University has settled a lawsuit filed by a 98-year-old donor who said the college had taken advantage of his age to secure a $12-million gift, the Orange County Register reports. The university said on Wednesday that donations from James Emmi and his wife, Catherine, would be used for a scholarship fund instead of a technology building.
The couple has already given $3-million of the $12-million pledge. The university would not comment on what will happen with the remainder. The Emmis’ lawyer, James Bohm, told the newspaper they were happy the lawsuit was being settled.