All posts by Charles Huckabee

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Cincinnati State Suspends All Sports Except Soccer

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will field only two varsity sports this year — men’s and women’s soccer — as the institution looks for financial efficiencies, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

“We aren’t dropping sports teams or eliminating athletics,” the college’s president, Monica Posey, said. “We’re going through a transition.”

Last year, Cincinnati State fielded teams in six varsity sports. The four that will be suspended for the 2017-18 season are men’s and women’s basketb…

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Another Public University Says No to a White-Nationalist Event

Michigan State University on Thursday became the third public institution of higher education this week to decline to host an event at which the white nationalist Richard Spencer presumably would have spoken, and the president of a fourth institution, Louisiana State University, said Mr. Spencer would not be welcome there.

Like the other colleges that have said no to events involving Mr. Spencer or the National Policy Institute, the white-nationalist group he leads, Michigan State cited the incr…

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Jury Awards Damages to Fraternity That Sued Wesleyan Over Mandate to Go Coed

A state-court jury in Connecticut on Thursday sided with a fraternity whose house was closed by Wesleyan University in the fall of 2015 after the fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, resisted complying with a university mandate to admit women, The Hartford Courant reported.

The case is not over, though. While Thursday’s verdict, by a jury in Middlesex County Superior Court, awards damages of $386,000 to the fraternity’s alumni chapter, it does not automatically reopen the fraternity house. It do…

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Harvard Reportedly Rescinds Admissions Offers to 10 Over Facebook Posts

Harvard University has rescinded admissions offers to at least 10 prospective members of this fall’s entering freshman class after the students traded sexually explicit and other offensive graphics and messages in a private Facebook group chat, The Harvard Crimson reported.

University officials declined to comment to the newspaper about the status of the admissions offers. The Crimson based its report on interviews with students who were members of a messaging group that members of the Class of…

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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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Mills College Declares Financial Emergency and May Cut 30 to 35 Jobs

Mills College, a liberal-arts institution for women in Oakland, Calif., declared a financial emergency on Tuesday as a first step toward dealing with financial challenges, including a projected $9.1-million deficit in the coming fiscal year.

In a news release and in a statement emailed to faculty, staff, and students on Tuesday afternoon, the college described the Board of Trustees’ approval of the declaration of emergency as a step that authorizes Mills to restructure all of its expenses in p…

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U. of California President’s Office Faces New Scrutiny After Scathing Audit

The fallout continues for Janet Napolitano, president of the 10-campus University of California system, following a scathing state-audit report that accused her office of hiding tens of millions of dollars in secret reserve funds and of tampering with what were supposed to be confidential responses from the campuses in a survey the auditor sent to them.

According to The Mercury News, the university’s Board of Regents agreed during a special meeting on Thursday to hire an independent consultant…

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Jury Awards $1.4 Million to Former Senior Female Athletics Official at U. of Iowa

A state-court jury awarded $1.43 million in damages on Thursday to Jane Meyer, a former senior associate athletics director at the University of Iowa, ruling in her favor on all five claims in her discrimination lawsuit against the university, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.

Ms. Meyer — whose partner, the fired field-hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, is also suing the university — had been the highest-ranking woman in the athletics department and second in command over all before she was …

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U. of Utah Vice President Resigns Amid Anger Over Firing of Cancer Center’s Chief

The senior vice president for medical enterprises at the University of Utah, who had been at the center of two weeks of turmoil over the firing and later reinstatement of the director of the university’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, abruptly resigned on Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

In a message to colleagues on Friday, Vivian S. Lee wrote that she was stepping down immediately as senior vice president for health sciences, dean of the medical school, and chief executive of the university…