Trump Will Deliver Keynote Address at Liberty U. Commencement

Liberty University announced on Wednesday that its commencement in May would feature President Trump as the keynote speaker, making him the first sitting president to play that role at the Christian university since George H.W. Bush, in 1990.

The invitation from Liberty’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., may not be a surprise given his associations with the U.S. president. Some students protested Mr. Falwell’s endorsement of Mr. Trump during last year’s campaign. In January, President Trump asked h…


Here’s Where Charles Murray, Whose Presence Inflamed Middlebury, Is Speaking Next

A protest that turned violent this month at Middlebury College over the divisive author Charles A. Murray has not diminished his appeal on campuses.

The sociologist will speak at Duke University on Tuesday evening, Columbia University on Thursday, New York University on Friday, and the University of Notre Dame and Villanova University later this month, according to his assistant.

Mr. Murray is best known for The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, in which he and Richa…


Former For-Profit Lobbyist Quits Job at Education Dept.

Taylor Hansen, a former lobbyist for for-profit colleges, quit his job at the U.S. Department of Education on Friday, Bloomberg reports.

Mr. Hansen is the son of Bill Hansen, head of USA Funds, a student-loan-guarantee agency that has recently branched out into other career-education projects. The younger Mr. Hansen was one of only a few advisers to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with experience working in higher education.

He resigned after the department announced that it would reverse an Oba…


Arkansas Is Poised to Shield Public-College Police From Records Requests

Arkansas legislators have overwhelmingly voted to provide the campus security forces of public colleges and schools with broad exemptions from the state’s freedom-of-information law.

The unusual measure, which the State Senate voted on Tuesday to approve and send on to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, declares a host of records kept by campus police and security offices at public colleges to be confidential and exempt from open-records requests. They include any information that, if disclosed, “could rea…


U. of Wisconsin Campus Reverses Course on Firing Employee Who Supported Trump’s Travel Ban

The University of Wisconsin at La Crosse has had a change of heart in its decision to fire a campus-police dispatcher, the La Crosse Tribune reports.

Joe Gow, the campus’s chancellor, told the Tribune that the university should have investigated “more fully” before making the decision to fire Kimberly Dearman. “We should have had a hearing. We were wrong on that,” Mr. Gow said.

In a letter to the University of Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents, Ms. Dearman’s lawyer, Lee Fehr, said the univer…


Trump Will Propose Shutting Down National Arts and Humanities Endowments

President Trump plans to propose eliminating the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities in his budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which is scheduled to be released Thursday morning, The New York Times reports.

The Times report cited two unnamed officials with knowledge of a meeting on Wednesday at which Jane Chu, chairwoman of the arts endowment, disclosed the plan to her staff.

The news was not unexpected, as The Hill reported in January that Mr. Trump, who at the time had not yet ta…


Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Second Effort at Travel Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the White House’s second effort to impose a travel ban that colleges have said would damage their appeal to international students and scholars but that President Trump has defended as necessary to protect the nation from terrorism.

In a 43-page ruling, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the U.S. District Court in Honolulu granted a request to issue a temporary restraining order, effective nationally, to prevent the new travel-ban policy from being carried out.

The …


Here’s a Roundup of the Latest Campus-Climate Incidents Early in the Trump Presidency

Anti-Semitic vandalism and white-nationalist propaganda are on the rise at colleges nationally, according to a recent report by the Anti-Defamation League. And in recent weeks, bomb threats at Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries have been followed by a series of culture-war clashes on college campuses. Here is a collection of the latest reports detailing such incidents.

This roundup continues coverage begun in November, after the presidential election. Organizations that …


Campus Police Dispatcher Says She Was Fired for Supporting Trump

Kimberly Dearman, a police dispatcher at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, says that she was fired for comments she made backing President Trump’s initial travel ban, the La Crosse Tribune reports.

According to a letter that her lawyer, Lee Fehr, sent to the Wisconsin system’s Board of Regents, Ms. Dearman’s comments to a coworker were in response to a campuswide email from La Crosse’s chancellor,  Joe Gow, that criticized the move by the president. Mr. Fehr told the newspaper he had ta…


Senate Democrats Seek Answers on Delayed Enforcement of Gainful Employment

A dozen Democrats in the U.S. Senate are seeking answers from the Department of Education over its decision last week to delay the effective date of the gainful-employment rule until July 1.

In a letter, the senators, led by Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Patty Murray of Washington, and Elizabeth A. Warren of Massachusetts, called on Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, to explain the decision. Several senators also asked the department’s inspector general, Kathleen Tighe, to investigate the ch…