Education Dept. Is Sued Over Debt Collection From Former Corinthian Students

A former student of the defunct Corinthian Colleges Inc. is suing the U.S. Education Department to ”halt the certification of all Corinthian-related debts,” as a U.S. senator wrote to the department asking why it was collecting such debts.

Sen. Elizabeth A. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, sent a letter to the department on Thursday, arguing that it was collecting on loans owed by former students of the for-profit educator despite having promised to forgive those debts.

Corinthian went bankrupt


Jury Orders San Diego State to Pay Fired Women’s Coach $3.35 Million

A former women’s basketball coach at San Diego State University won a wrongful-termination lawsuit on Wednesday, and a jury awarded her $3.35 million in damages, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The coach, Beth Burns, said in her lawsuit that the university had fired her after she complained of violations of Title IX, the federal gender-equity law, in the basketball program. Ms. Burns, the winningest coach in the university’s history, was dismissed in 2013 shortly after her team won more games in…


Freedom for American Colleges in China Has Its Limits, Federal Report Says

A long-awaited report on American university campuses in China will probably satisfy neither critics nor supporters of such overseas branches. The federal study, by the Government Accountability Office, found that American colleges operating in China emphasize academic freedom, including added protections for academic speech in agreements with their Chinese counterparts.

But investigators noted that not all of the 12 institutions surveyed had unfettered internet access, and that some faculty mem…


National Default Rate on Student Loans Declines for Third Straight Year

The overall three-year cohort default rate on federal student loans dropped in newly released data, marking the third straight year the rate has fallen, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Wednesday.

The percentage of borrowers who defaulted on federal loans within three years of entering repayment dropped from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent for those who started repayment between the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years.

Colleges with high default rates may lose their access to federal student ai…


Mizzou Chancellor Is ‘Outraged’ After Black Students Report Racist Incident

[Updated (9/28/2016, 4:47 p.m.) with news that the fraternity was suspended.]

Two black students at the University of Missouri at Columbia say they were verbally assaulted outside a fraternity house late Tuesday night when students yelled racial slurs and obscenities at them, according to a statement by the university’s Legion of Black Collegians.

University officials announced on Wednesday afternoon that the fraternity involved, Delta Upsilon, had been temporarily suspended. In the statement,…


Chapel Hill Football Player Denies Sexual-Assault Accusation

Allen Artis, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who was publicly accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, says he is innocent, The News & Observer reports. His encounter with Delaney Robinson, who said she had been raped, was consensual, he told reporters in an interview on Wednesday.

Ms. Robinson, who said the attack took place in February, recently went public with her allegations to express her dismay with the university’s handling of the case. Ms. Robinson says…


U. of Wisconsin, Responding to Affordable Care Act, Limits Student Workers’ Hours

The University of Wisconsin at Madison will limit student workers to a weekly maximum of 29 hours in order to comply with a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, according to The Capital Times.

The health-care law requires large employers like the university to provide basic health care to employees working an average of 30 hours a week or more. The change in campus policy, announced in an email in July, means the university will not have to provide health care to its student employees and non…


Chicago State U. Enrolls Just 86 Freshmen This Fall

Chicago State University enrolled just 86 freshmen this fall semester, and its undergraduate enrollment has dropped by 32 percent over the past year, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The university now has 3,578 students, and total enrollment is down by a quarter. This is just one of the many concerns for the struggling public university.

Just this month its president, Thomas J. Calhoun Jr., was let go after only nine months at the helm.

Chicago State has struggled to make it through the Illinois bu…


U. of Tennessee Says No Punishment for Law Professor’s ‘Run Them Down’ Tweet

Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, will not face disciplinary action after tweeting a suggestion that motorists in Charlotte, N.C., run down demonstrators protesting the police shooting of a black man, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

The dean of the College of Law, Melanie D. Wilson, said in a written statement on Tuesday that the tweet was an exercise of Mr. Reynolds’s First Amendment rights.

“Nevertheless, the tweet offended many members of our co…


Nebraska Athlete Describes Bitter Online Reaction to Kneeling for National Anthem

[Updated (9/28/2016, 12:12 a.m.) with additional comment.]

Michael Rose-Ivey and a few of his football teammates at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln took a knee on Saturday during the playing of the national anthem. For that, some fans said they should be hanged before the next game, he said on Monday at a news conference.

“People want athletes like DaiShon [Neal], Mohamed [Barry], and myself to remain silent and just play football,” said Mr. Rose-Ivey, a linebacker who is a senior. “Howeve…