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Education Dept. Will Reconsider Grant Applications Rejected for Formatting Problems

Betsy DeVos, the secretary of education, said on Wednesday that her department would reconsider 77 Upward Bound grant applications that the agency had previously rejected because of minor formatting problems.

Ms. DeVos, testifying before a committee at the U.S. House of Representatives, said that the decision to reject the applications had been made “under the purview of the previous administration.” Under the existing rules, she said, the department had no legal remedy to reconsider the applica…

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Top Federal Student-Aid Official Resigns Over Congressional Testimony

A top official at the U.S. Education Department resigned on Tuesday following a dispute over his scheduled testimony this week before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, according to a department official.

James W. Runcie, the chief operating officer of the department’s Office of Federal Student Aid, submitted his resignation on Tuesday night. Matthew Sessa, a deputy in the office, will assume Mr. Runcie’s duties “until further notice,” according to a news release announ…

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Middlebury Punishes 67 Students for Charles Murray Protest

Middlebury College disciplined 67 students for their roles in a disruptive protest of an event that featured Charles Murray, a controversial political scientist, the Vermont college said in a statement on Tuesday. Separately, the Middlebury Police Department said it did not have sufficient evidence to charge anyone in connection with a scuffle that occurred after the March 2 event and resulted in the injury of a political-science professor, Allison Stanger.

Ms. Stanger, who interviewed Mr. Murra…

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What Trump’s Proposed 2018 Budget Would Mean for Higher Ed

Updated (5/23/2017, 2:19 p.m.) with details on the budget proposals for scientific and medical research.

The Trump administration on Tuesday released its budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year. All told, the budget would cut federal education programs by more than $10 billion. The Department of Education’s total operating budget would be slashed by $9 billion, and spending on secondary-education programs would be redirected to school-choice initiatives — the chief policy goal of Betsy DeVo…

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Trump Administration Is Expected to Propose 18% Cut in NIH Budget

The National Institutes of Health would see its budget slashed by 18 percent, from $31.8 billion to $26 billion, under a spending plan for the 2018 fiscal year that the Trump administration is expected to release on Tuesday. Details of the budget were under wraps, but The Washington Post noticed on Monday that the spending plan for the Department of Health and Human Services, of which the NIH is a part, had been posted online early. (The document was later taken down.)

The NIH, the largest sourc…

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Bro Adams Announces Resignation as NEH Chairman

William D. (Bro) Adams will resign as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities on Tuesday.

The resignation, announced in a news release on Monday, coincides with the planned release of President Trump’s budget proposal, which is expected to include extensive cuts in government programs. Mr. Adams took over as the 10th chairman of the NEH in July 2014. Since President Trump took office, a number of budget moves have included calls to strip funding from the National Endowment for the …

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Black Student’s Stabbing Death at U. of Maryland Is Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

A 23-year-old black student due to graduate this month was fatally stabbed over the weekend while visiting the University of Maryland at College Park, and now his death is being investigated as a possible hate crime, reports The Baltimore Sun.

The university police said on Sunday that Sean Urbanski — the University of Maryland student arrested in connection with the death of Richard W. Collins III — was part of a Facebook group known as “Alt-Reich Nation,” the newspaper reported. Mr. Urbanski ha…

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Attempt to Get Trump’s Tax Returns May Have Alerted IRS to Data Tool’s Vulnerability

Do the security concerns that caused the Internal Revenue Service to shut down an online tool that’s key to applying for student aid stem from a private investigator’s attempt to use the tool to get President Trump’s tax records?

That question is raised in an article by the newsmagazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, which reports that it has obtained court records that identify a Louisiana-based private investigator who is accused of using the data-retrieval tool for that purpose in Septe…

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U. of Maine Approves a Restructuring of Its Presque Isle Campus

Trustees of the University of Maine system took another step on Sunday toward streamlining operations and reducing costs by approving a reorganization of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, the Portland Press Herald reports.

The campus, like many regional public institutions across the country, has seen enrollment shrink and has struggled to close budget gaps in recent years. With about 1,300 students, Presque Isle is the second-smallest campus in the Maine system. Under the reorganization,…

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Hoax Article in Social-Science Journal Gets a Rise Out of Some Scholars

A fresh attempt to poke fun at — and poke holes in — cultural-studies scholarship was revealed this week, with the disclosure that a recently published article in Cogent Social Sciences was a hoax. The article, “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct,” was the work of two people — Peter Boghossian, an assistant professor of philosophy at Portland State University, in Oregon, and James A. Lindsay, an independent scholar. They describe their exploit on the website of Skeptic magazine.

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