Hillary Clinton Names Rohit Chopra to Her Transition Team

Hillary Clinton, ahead in polls as the Democratic presidential nominee, has named Rohit Chopra, a former student-loan watchdog at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to her transition team, Politico reported on Tuesday.

At the agency, Mr. Chopra sued two for-profit-college companies — ITT Educational Services Inc. and Corinthian Colleges Inc. — over accusations about abusive lending practices.

Mr. Chopra was also a vocal critic of student-loan-servicing companies and arrangements between c…


U. of Texas Graduate Student Is Released From Iranian Jail

A University of Texas at Austin graduate student who was arrested in Iran and sentenced to 10 years in prison has been released, The Dallas Morning News reports. Omid Kokabee, a doctoral student in physics, was arrested and charged with working with foreign nations in 2011, and sentenced the next year.

Mr. Kokabee had been released from jail in April for medical treatment. A lawyer for the student told state media that Mr. Kokabee would have “conditional freedom” for the remaining years of his s…


2 More Mississippi Universities Furl the State Flag

Mississippi’s state flag has been removed from outdoor display at two more universities, Mississippi State University and the Mississippi University for Women, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

They join several other public higher-education institutions, including the University of Mississippi, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the state’s three historically black colleges, that have already furled the flags, which feature a Confederate emblem.

Since 2001 Mississippi State’s F…


U. of the Incarnate Word Permanently Removes President Who Was on Leave

The University of the Incarnate Word’s governing board voted on Monday to remove Louis Agnese Jr. as the Roman Catholic institution’s president, effective immediately, according to, a website of the San Antonio Express-News, and KSAT 12, an ABC affiliate in San Antonio.

The unanimous vote came less than two weeks after the board placed Mr. Agnese on a 90-day medical leave, citing concerns about his well-being after reports of “sporadic uncharacteristic behavior and comments” by the …


Fired Faculty Member Wounds Medical-School Dean With Shotgun, Police Say

The dean of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine was shot and injured on Monday by a former faculty member at the New York institution who had been fired in 2009, The New York Times reported.

The fired faculty member, Hengjun Chao, 49, was charged with attempted second-degree murder after he allegedly opened fire with a shotgun, hitting the dean, Dennis S. Charney, 65, and another man, whom the authorities did not identify, the Times reported. Neither of the victims suffered life-threatening wound…


ITT Tech Stops Enrolling New Students

[Updated (8/29/2016, 6:27 p.m.) with comment from the company.]

ITT Technical Institute is not enrolling new students, the for-profit educator announced on Monday.

The halt in enrollment comes days after the Education Department barred its parent company, ITT Education Services Inc., from enrolling students with federal financial aid, and increased the amount of cash it must send the department.

In response to a request for comment, a spokeswoman for the company said only that “we have voluntari…


U. of Colorado Pays $40,000 to Settle Gender-Bias Case

The University of Colorado at Boulder paid a former staff member $40,000 to settle a federal gender-discrimination complaint three years ago, The Daily Camera reports.

The staff member, Robin Miglarese, a former associate director of operations in executive education for the university’s Leeds School of Business, filed the complaint in 2013, and the newspaper recently learned of the settlement through documents provided by the university.

Also under the settlement, the Leeds School’s dean, David…


What Are Your Experiences With Cheating?

As higher education is changing to use more online learning, the cheating industry is changing along with it. A recent Chronicle article revealed that the cheating business is expanding its offerings to accommodate online education and growing demand.

While students used to be able to purchase term papers on the internet, now they can hand off responsibility for entire courses.

With a wide array of services to choose from, there are more opportunities than ever for students to cheat, and we want…


Ithaca College Student Is Fatally Stabbed on Cornell’s Campus

A student at Ithaca College died of stab wounds early Sunday after being injured in a large fight that took place on the campus of Cornell University, according to police reports and statements from the two colleges.

Officers with the City of Ithaca Police Department arrived at the scene shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday and found two men suffering from stab wounds, the department said in a news release. Both men were taken to hospitals, where one was later pronounced dead. The second victim, also an…


Federal Judge Blocks U. of North Carolina From Enforcing ‘Bathroom Bill’

A federal judge has barred the University of North Carolina from enforcing House Bill 2, the state law that requires people in public buildings to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates, BuzzFeed reported on Friday.

Judge Thomas D. Schroeder of the U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem, N.C., said that he had barred the university from enforcing the rule after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld the Obama administration’s interpretation of …