Student-Aid Group Suggests Changes in Loan Forgiveness for Public Service

Report: “Nasfaa Task Force Report: Public Service Loan Forgiveness”

Organization: National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (Nasfaa)

Summary: Nasfaa’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Task Force offers several policy recommendations for improving the loan-forgiveness program.

Among them is limiting the amount of debt that can be forgiven. Borrowers could have forgiven all of their qualifying loans up to the aggregate federal Stafford limit for undergraduates, plus half of their…


Appeal in Texas Affirmative-Action Case Says Judges Disobeyed Supreme Court

A federal appeals-court panel wandered far from instructions given it by the U.S. Supreme Court in upholding the race-conscious undergraduate admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, lawyers challenging the policy argue in a brief filed on Tuesday.

In asking the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to overturn a decision by a panel of three of its judges in favor of the university, the lawyers for the plaintiff in the case, a white student denied admission in 2008, say…


In New Sexual-Assault Bill, Harsher Penalties for Colleges

[Updated (7/30/2014, 1:40 p.m.) with a link to the text of the bill.]

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators led by Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, unveiled a bill Wednesday morning aimed at curbing sexual assault on college campuses. Among other things, the bill would increase potential penalties for colleges that don’t comply with federal rules.

View the text of the bill here.

Under the terms of the proposed legislation, colleges that don’t comply with its rules could face fines of up to 1…


Proposed Rules Seek to Keep UVa Board Members From Making a Fuss

The University of Virginia is seeking to ward off the public-relations headaches brought on by the Helen Dragases and Wallace Halls of the world, The Daily Progress reports.

New proposed rules for the university’s Board of Visitors would prevent its members from publicly opposing the board’s decisions after the fact, and would strongly discourage them from making records requests of the university, among other things. A committee of the board is slated to discuss the measures on Wednesday.

The …


Admiral Is Named as Sole Finalist to Lead U. of Texas System

The Board of Regents of the University of Texas system voted unanimously on Tuesday to name Adm. William H. McRaven as the sole finalist to replace Francisco G. Cigarroa as chancellor of the 15-campus system, the board announced in a news release.

Admiral McRaven, who is now commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, is best known for planning the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Under state law, the board must wait at least 21 days after announcing the final candidates before making an …


Water-Main Break Floods UCLA With a Muddy Mess

A colossal pipe break flooded parts of the University of California at Los Angeles on Tuesday with millions of gallons of water, leaving the university with a daunting cleanup task, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The rupture of a 30-inch main in the city’s aging water system sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air, blanketing the campus with water and mud for more than three hours before crews could shut off the flow.

At one point, up to eight inches of water covered the main floor of the Pa…


Online-Tutoring Company to Buy Princeton Review Inc., a company that offers tutoring and test-preparation services online, has signed an agreement to buy Princeton Review Inc., which offers test-prep and college-admissions services, Bloomberg reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. is buying the company from Charlesbank Capital Partners, a private-equity firm, and the transaction is expected to be completed next month.


Defense Dept. Will Oversee Inquiry Into Senator’s Alleged Plagiarism

The Department of Defense will oversee the U.S. Army War College’s investigation into apparent plagiarism by Sen. John E. Walsh of Montana. The plagiarism, in a thesis the Democratic senator wrote while completing a master’s degree at the college, was revealed last week by The New York Times.

The college will still conduct the inquiry, but the Defense Department will decide if punishment is warranted. The college’s provost said such oversight was unusual.

HELENA – A U.S. Army War College official says the Department of Defense has taken the unusual step of overseeing a plagiarism investigation against Sen. John Walsh of Montana. The Carlisle, Pennsylvania, college began the investigation after a New York Times story showed Walsh used others’ work without attribution in a 2007 research paper required for a master’s degree.

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Marijuana Researcher Loses Appeal to Rejoin Faculty at U. of Arizona

A prominent marijuana researcher who was fired this month has lost her appeal to rejoin the University of Arizona faculty. Suzanne A. Sisley, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry in the university’s College of Medicine, was studying the effects of medical marijuana on military veterans who had received a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. She has said she was fired because of a recall campaign against a state senator who sought to block Dr. Sisley’s research, which had been approved by the federal government. According to the university, Dr. Sisley was dismissed because funding for her research was drying up.

Suzanne Sisley was let go last month because funding for part of the work she did with the medical school was running out and because the telemedicine program she worked with is shifting direction, the university said in a letter. Sisley claims she was targeted by conservative state legislators who disapproved of her research.

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How NCAA’s Concussion Deal Affects Current, Former, and Future Athletes

The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced on Tuesday it had reached a tentative agreement to settle a class-action lawsuit over concussions in college sports. Rather than pay damages, the association has laid out terms that will have implications for current, former, and future college athletes. Here’s a breakdown:

If you used to play college sports, you are eligible for a medical evaluation for head injuries at the NCAA’s expense. It doesn’t matter what sport you played or when you…