All posts by Arielle Martinez


Berkeley Suspends Its ‘Global Campus’ Because of Budget Deficit

The University of California at Berkeley has indefinitely suspended its proposed “global campus” because of its budget deficit, the East Bay Times reported on Friday, even though the Berkeley chancellor said earlier this year that the project would be off-limits to budget cuts.

The chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, said in an open letter to the campus in February that although Berkeley was considering cuts to close a $150-million deficit, the planned global campus would be “entirely supported by …


U. of the Incarnate Word Puts President on Medical Leave for ‘Uncharacteristic Behavior’

Louis Agnese Jr., president of the University of the Incarnate Word, has been placed on a 90-day medical leave because of “sporadic uncharacteristic behavior and comments,” The San Antonio Express-News reported on Thursday.

Mr. Agnese, the university’s president for 30 years, requested the leave, according to a written statement by Charles D. Lutz III, chairman of the university’s board of trustees.

“His interactions with some students and faculty and administrative staff … have provoked conside…


Community-College Trustee Apologizes for Clinton ‘Hangman’ Tweets

A member of the Board of Trustees of the Riverside Community College District, in California, apologized on Tuesday for posting tweets depicting a hangman and the words “I’m Ready for Hillary,” The Press-Enterprise reports.

The trustee, Nathan Miller, published the two tweets, which were later deleted, from the Twitter account of the Riverside County Republican Party on August 3. He is on the party’s central committee.


Justice Dept. Sues New Mexico State U. Over Alleged Equal-Pay Violation

[Updated (8/11/2016, 6:30 p.m.) with a response from the university.]

The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against New Mexico State University, alleging that the university paid a female former assistant track coach significantly less than her male colleagues, the department announced on Thursday.

The department’s complaint accuses the university of paying the female coach, Meaghan Harkins, thousands of dollars less per year than it paid two male assistant track coaches with similar…


Education Dept. Denies College Chain’s Request to Become Nonprofit

[Updated (8/11/2016, 2:45 p.m.) with a response from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education.]

The U.S. Education Department has denied a request from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, a chain of for-profit colleges, to convert to nonprofit status, the department announced on Thursday.

The Center for Excellence in Higher Education, a Utah-based nonprofit company, owns four for-profit colleges that it acquired from the Carl Barney Living Trust. The company promised to pay th…


U. of Houston Student Government Lifts Sanctions Against Officer Who Posted ‘#AllLivesMatter’

The University of Houston Student Government Association has lifted the sanctions it imposed on its vice president in response to a controversial Facebook post she made, according to a statement issued by the association on Friday.

The association’s president, Shane A. Smith, had suspended the vice president, Rohini Sethi, after she wrote “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter” on Facebook last month. Ms. Sethi’s post set off calls for her resignation from students using the hashta…


Community College’s Board Member to Resign After Weeks of Pressure

[Updated (8/7/2016, 10:41 a.m.) with the board's acceptance of the former chairman's resignation.]

A member of the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha, will resign following threats by the federal government to withhold student aid from the college if he stayed on the board, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Fred Conley initially refused to resign last week, saying that instead he would depart from the board at the end of his term, in December. He gave up his post as ch…


U. of Houston Student Leader Is Suspended From Duties Over Controversial Post

The student government of the University of Houston has suspended its vice president after she criticized the Black Lives Matter movement in a Facebook post, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Rohini Sethi, the Student Government Association’s vice president, wrote “Forget #BlackLivesMatter; more like #AllLivesMatter” on the evening of July 7, after a shooting in Dallas killed five police officers.

She later deleted the post, but students used social-media posts with the hashtag #RemoveRohi…


NYU Begins Ignoring Common App’s Questions on Criminal Records

New York University has begun ignoring the checkbox questions about criminal and disciplinary history on the Common Application, the institution announced on Monday.

The university has added narrower questions to its own section of the application that ask applicants if they have been convicted of or disciplined for violent offenses, but answering “yes” to the new questions will not mean an automatic rejection of an application for admission, according to a news release.

The university announced


Suffolk U. and Its President Abruptly Part Ways

Margaret A. McKenna is “no longer serving as president” of Suffolk University, the chairman of the Boston institution’s Board of Trustees announced in a statement emailed to reporters on Thursday, and the university has begun a search for a new leader.

The chairman, Robert C. Lamb Jr., thanked Ms. McKenna for her service but did not describe the circumstances of her departure.

According to The Boston Globe, Ms. McKenna said in a statement on Thursday night that she had been fired. She called th…