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Purdue U. Buys Mega For-Profit Kaplan U., Plans to Turn It Into a ‘Public University’

[Updated (4/27/2017, 11:53 a.m.) with news of the finalization of the purchase and more details on the deal.]

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees voted on Thursday morning to buy the for-profit Kaplan University, which is a division of Graham Holdings Company. The surprise announcement was first made in a corporate filing by the company on Thursday morning.

According to the filing, Kaplan will become a new “nonprofit, public-benefit corporation” called “New University.” The filing continues: “…

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What’s a Tenure-Track Professor Dress Like? The Gap Takes a Guess at the Look for Women

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” The Gap Inc. seems to be taking that old saying to heart.

In its latest online advertisement, the clothing retailer promotes a look for women, “The Tenure-Track Professor.” The ad’s tagline reads, “Get respect for your ideas and blazer choices.”

The model appears in gray dress pants, matching high heels, an embroidered blue top, and a deeper blue blazer. The ad includes a pair of eyeglasses, but not being worn by the model.

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Ann Coulter Cancels Talk at Berkeley, Calling It ‘a Sad Day for Free Speech’

The conservative commentator Ann Coulter has canceled her planned speech on Thursday at the University of California at Berkeley following a legal back and forth and threats of violence in the past week, reports Reuters.

Ms. Coulter earlier told The New York Times that she might have to cancel her talk because of safety concerns. ”It’s a sad day for free speech,” Ms. Coulter told the newspaper.

Her cancellation is likely to bring an end to days of speculation that her presence on the Berkeley ca…

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New York Community-College President May Be Ousted After Victim-Blaming Remarks

The Niagara County Community College’s Board of Trustees is expected to vote on Wednesday on the future of the New York college’s president, James Klyczek, who was allegedly recorded making disparaging remarks about a sexual-assault case on the campus.

Mr. Klyczek’s job status will probably be determined during a vote this evening, reports WKBW in Buffalo, N.Y. Last week a recording surfaced that was said to be of Mr. Klyczek criticizing the victim of a campus sexual assault last summer.

“What i…

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Janet Napolitano Disputes Finding That Her Office Held $175 Million in Undisclosed Funds

The University of California’s Office of the President did not disclose $175 million in its reserve funds to the university’s Board of Regents or California’s Legislature, according to a state audit released on Tuesday. The audit’s findings were disputed by Janet Napolitano, the UC system’s president, who wrote that figures in the audit had mischaracterized the office.

The audit found that the Office of the President had spent less than it budgeted while asking for funding increases based on pre…

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After a Week of Protest, U. of Utah Cancer Researcher Is Reinstated

A week after the University of Utah announced that the chief executive and director of its Huntsman Cancer Institute was leaving her post, she’s been reinstated.

In a written statement, the university’s president, David W. Pershing, confirmed the decision to keep Mary Beckerle.

“Effective today we have changed HCI’s reporting structure, and Dr. Beckerle will report directly to the president of the university,” the statement said. “I am grateful for her committed leadership and look forward to wo…

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Kristina Johnson Is Named Chancellor of SUNY

Kristina M. Johnson, a former under secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy under President Barack Obama, has been named the next chancellor of the State University of New York system, the Board of Trustees announced on Monday. Nancy L. Zimpher, the current chancellor, will step down in June after eight years at the helm.

As chancellor, Ms. Johnson will lead 64 four-year and community colleges that serve more than 400,000 students. The announcement was made during a special meeting of the sy…

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Education Dept. Announces Moves to Ease Burden of Fafsa Tool’s Absence

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday said the department would relieve some of the burden on students and families affected by the suspension of the Internal Revenue Service’s Data Retrieval Tool, which makes it easier to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the Fafsa.

The changes, announced in a “Dear Colleague” letter, will affect the verification requirements for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Fafsa cycles. Instead of using the tool or requiring a tax transcript, “institutions…

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Students Oppose Pomona College’s Hiring of Alice Goffman as a Visiting Scholar

A group of “students, alumni, and allies” of the sociology department at Pomona College have written an open letter to the department and senior executives of the college to protest the hiring of the ethnographer Alice Goffman as a visiting professor of sociology.

The college confirmed in a statement emailed to The Chronicle on Sunday night that it had offered Ms. Goffman a position as a visiting scholar, starting this fall, and that she had accepted.

The letter’s authors, who remain anonymous…

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NLRB Clears the Way for Resident Advisers to Unionize

In an unprecedented decision, the National Labor Relations Board has held that undergraduate resident advisers are eligible to unionize, in a case involving George Washington University.


For more on the decision, as well as reaction and analysis, see this new article from The Chronicle.


In a decision handed down on Friday, Sean R. Marshall, acting regional director at the NLRB’s Baltimore office, accepted the labor organizers’ argument that the resident advisers are technically university e…