All posts by Andy Thomason


In Tweet, Trump Threatens Berkeley With Loss of Federal Funds Over Protests

President Trump sent a tweet on Thursday morning threatening the University of California at Berkeley with a loss of federal funds over violent protests that shut down a speech by the well-known conservative Milo Yiannopoulos on Wednesday.

The protests on Wednesday, which included fires, several explosions,…


Colleges Scramble After Trump’s Executive Order Bans Citizens of 7 Muslim Countries

[Updated (1/28/2017, 9:52 p.m.) with news of the judge's ruling.]

Colleges across the United States are rushing to respond to the news on Friday that President Trump had signed an executive order suspending admission to the United States of all refugees as well as all citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations. The main message was one many institutions had been spreading well before Friday: Students and scholars, if you might be affected by such an executive order, don’t leave the country.

Late …


UVa President, Who Prevailed Over Bid to Oust Her, Will Step Down

Teresa A. Sullivan, the University of Virginia president who made national news in 2012 by beating back the governing board’s attempt to oust her, will step down when a successor is found, she announced on Friday.

In a written statement, Ms. Sullivan did not provide a precise reason for her departure, except to say that the university was “strong and positioned for even greater strength,” and that her current contract expires in 2018.

In 2012, Ms. Sullivan’s sudden resignation shocked academe an…


City College of San Francisco, Which Fought Accreditor, Wins Back Full Recognition

City College of San Francisco, the community college that vigorously fought efforts by its accreditor to strip it of its accreditation, has been reaccredited for the full term of seven years, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges moved to strip the college of its accreditation in 2013, citing problems in the college’s finances as well as its governance. That spurred the college’s leaders to scramble in an effort to save it. After variou…


In Shift, Education Dept. Will Automatically Forgive Student Loans Incurred at Defunct For-Profit

With one week left before its leadership changes hands, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday that it would automatically grant loan-debt relief to former students at the American Career Institute, a defunct for-profit college in Massachusetts. The move is a shift from how the department has so far granted relief to defrauded borrowers, requiring them to apply for it.

The department said in a news release that it would send emails to former students of the institute starting on Tu…


In Letter to College Presidents, Biden Urges Continued Fight Against Sexual Assault

With just two weeks left in his tenure as vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday released a letter advising college leaders on how to combat sexual assault on their campuses. Mr. Biden, who has been an outspoken advocate of sexual-assault prevention throughout his career, also released a guide that lays out best practices for colleges on the issue.

“As presidents, chancellors, deans, and administrators, you have an obligation to stand up, to speak out, to foster the safest and most incl…


NCAA Makes Third Round of Allegations Against Chapel Hill in Fraud Case

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received its third notice of allegations from the NCAA over the academic-fraud case that has shaken the institution in the last few years. The News and Observer reports that UNC acknowledged receipt of the document on Wednesday, and said it would be posted online later.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has sent notices to the university on two other occasions. The first, in 2015, charged the university with giving athletes impermiss…


Fired Rutgers Coach Broke Rules in Talking to Instructor About Grade Change, NCAA Says

The National Collegiate Athletic Association issued a notice of allegations against Rutgers University on Tuesday over a former football coach’s effort to get a player’s grade changed, among other things, The Star-Ledger reports.

The association made seven allegations involving the university, including a “failure to monitor” the football program, according to a letter the president, Robert L. Barchi, wrote to the campus on Tuesday.

Last year Rutgers suspended and later fired the coach, Kyle Flo…


North Carolina Legislators Cut Governor’s Power to Appoint Campus Trustees

[Updated (12/16/2016, 3:14 p.m.) to note that Governor McCrory signed the legislation.]

Both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly on Friday passed a bill to drastically curtail the governor’s power to appoint trustees to the University of North Carolina system’s 16 campuses. The measure, known as House Bill 17, is part of a slew of bills taken up by the Republican-controlled legislature that would reduce the power of the incoming Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, who narrowly defeated …


Wisconsin Regents Approve Post-Tenure Policies Condemned by Faculty

University of Wisconsin system regents on Thursday approved a new policy mandating that administrators conduct “independent, substantive reviews” of tenured faculty members every five years, The Journal Sentinel reports. While top administrators already have authority over post-tenure reviews, faculty critics have worried aloud that the change — which makes administrators’ duties in the area explicit — will make it easier for professors to be fired.

The new policy comes amid longstanding angst o…