Iowa Lawmaker Who Has Criticized Colleges Listed Steakhouse Company as Alma Mater

An Iowa lawmaker who has been critical of universities listed his alma mater as a company that owned a chain steakhouse, but that fact has since been deleted from his page on a website for the state’s Republicans, according to NBC News.

Mark Chelgren, a Republican in the Iowa State Senate, denied trying to exaggerate his academic accomplishments, and said he was unaware of the error. “I didn’t concern myself about this, honestly,” Mr. Chelgren told NBC News.

NBC News reported that Mr. Chelgren s…


Coffee Maker at Yale Is Under Suspicion After Several Report Feeling Ill

Fears about the office coffee maker may not be unwarranted.

Officials at Yale University are investigating whether a coffee maker at the institution’s graduate medical center caused several people to fall ill on Tuesday, according to The New Haven Register.

Each of the three people who began feeling lightheaded and dizzy had taken a drink from a “water source” in the building, the Register reported.

An official determination of the source of the illnesses has yet to be made, but city officials s…


2 U. of Missouri Students Are Arrested in Connection With ‘Anti-Semitic’ Messages

Two students at the University of Missouri at Columbia were arrested on Monday in connection with harassing “anti-Semitic” written and oral comments about another student, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Tuesday.

Maj. Brian Weimer of the university’s police department told the newspaper that officers had arrested a sophomore and a freshman, though it wasn’t immediately clear on what charges.

The university’s interim chancellor, Henry C. (Hank) Foley, disclosed the arrests in an email on …


75 Nontenure Jobs to Be Cut at U. of Oregon, Faculty Union Says

The University of Oregon is preparing to lay off around 75 members of its nontenured faculty in an effort to save money, according to a report by the The Register-Guard.

The university’s labor union, United Academics, told the newspaper that plans would include 25 cuts from the College of Arts and Science, 25 from the College of Education, and 25 from other departments.

The university is facing an $8.8-million budget shortfall in 2017-18 because of increasing salaries and retirement benefits, th…


DeVos Changes Tune on HBCUs, Saying They Were Born of Necessity, Not ‘Choice’

A day after calling historically black colleges and universities “pioneers of school choice,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Tuesday that HBCUs did not originate out of “mere choice.”

“But your history was born, not out of mere choice, but out of necessity, in the face of racism, and in the aftermath of the Civil War,” Ms. DeVos said in a prepared statement at a luncheon for leaders of HBCUs. She later repeated the phrase in a tweet.

Tuesday’s statements contrasted with Ms. DeVos’s …


Cost of Online Education May Be Higher Than We Think, Study Suggests

A study of the earnings of nearly every person who took postsecondary courses online between 1999 and 2014 finds little evidence that online education saves students or taxpayers money.

While it is often thought that online education saves money, as it requires relatively fewer resources than learning in-person on a campus, a working paper published by Caroline M. Hoxby, a professor of economics at Stanford University, has challenged this view, finding “little support for optimistic prognosticat…


French Scholar on Way to Speak at Texas A&M Was Detained at Airport for 10 Hours

A visiting scholar who was scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University at College Station was detained at Houston International Airport last week and was about to be deported before university officials reached customs agents at the airport and persuaded them they were making a mistake, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.

The scholar, Henry Rousso, is a senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research who studies the history and memory of traumatic pasts, especially o…


Graduate Students in 6 Departments at Yale Vote to Unionize

After months of legal disputes, graduate students in six academic departments at Yale University have voted to unionize, joining the union of graduate employees, Local 33, on Thursday, the Yale Daily News reports.

The departments of English, geology and geophysics, history, history of art, mathematics, and sociology voted to join the union in the elections. Students in two other departments, East Asian languages and literatures and political science, are still waiting on the results of challenge…


Betsy DeVos Criticizes Professors in Remarks to Conservative Conference

Betsy DeVos, the U.S. education secretary, said that university faculty members “ominously” tell college students what to think, according to her prepared remarks for a speech on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

In the remarks, Ms. DeVos said that college students were also responsible for fighting the “education establishment.”

“The faculty, from adjunct professors to deans, tell you what to do, what to say, and more ominously, what to think. They say that if you voted …


Senate Democrats Ask DeVos to Explain Falwell’s Higher-Ed Task Force

Senate Democrats are asking Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, to enlighten them about a federal task force to be led by Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University.

In a letter released on Thursday, six Democratic senators, led by Patty Murray of Washington and Elizabeth A. Warren of Massachusetts, said they were “extremely concerned” by the lack of public explanation regarding the purview of the task force and Mr. Falwell’s potential conflicts of interest.

The Trump administration ha…