All posts by Courtney Kueppers


Illinois Professors Speak Out Against Governor’s Pick for Higher-Ed Board

Professors at Illinois colleges and universities spoke out this week in interviews with The News-Gazette against Gov. Bruce V. Rauner’s nominee to the faculty seat on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Mr. Rauner, a Republican who took office in 2015 and has made a name for himself by slashing state funds to higher education, nominated John Bambenek, a part-time lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and onetime Republican candidate for the State Senate, on April 15. So…


Williston State College President to Resign Next Summer

Williston State College’s president, Raymond Nadolny, will resign when his contract expires, in June 2017, to spend more time with his family, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Nadolny, who was hired to lead the North Dakota institution in 2009, was placed on administrative leave in 2014 for allegations of misconduct due to alcohol use, but returned to his post about a month later, the Williston Herald reported.

In an announcement on Monday, Mr. Nadolny cited a desire to spend more time with hi…


Student Reporter Interviews Obama. First Question? The Fafsa.

When President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House’s Briefing Room on College Reporter Day, on April 28, he probably didn’t expect one of the student journalists there to ask him for more access. But Dan Corey, editor in chief of Rutgers University’s student newspaper, The Daily Targum, did just that.

And on Monday, Mr. Corey landed an interview with the commander in chief, who will speak on Sunday at the institution’s commencement, in New Brunswick, N.J.

In the 15-minute teleph…


U. of Tennessee Freshman Faces 9 Counts of Felony Theft on Campus

After discovering more than $100,000 in stolen items such as laptops, cameras, and laboratory equipment in a dormitory room over the weekend, the University of Tennessee police charged a freshman with nine counts of felony theft and five misdemeanor counts, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

The student, Yibo (David) Hwang, was arrested on Friday. A graduate student reported seeing Mr. Hwang in the Science Engineering and Research Building after hours, and when she asked him if he was lost,…


Harvard Will Bar Members of Single-Gender Clubs From Official Leadership Roles

Members of single-gender social clubs at Harvard University will be banned from holding leadership positions in official campus organizations or on sports teams beginning in the fall of 2017, the university announced Friday.

Harvard’s president, Drew Gilpin Faust, the first woman to hold the position, wrote a letter to the university describing the changes:

“Culture change is not easy, and members of our community will inevitably disagree about how to move forward. … But we have as our touchst…


U. at Albany Expels 2 Students Involved in Racially Charged Bus Incident

Two University at Albany students have been expelled and another suspended for two years for violating the campus’s Student Code of Conduct when they falsely claimed to have been assaulted on a city bus in January, according to a statement by the university’s president, Robert J. Jones, that was released on Wednesday.

“I am sharing this information to reaffirm our institution’s commitment to accountability and to providing a fair, safe, and welcoming educational environment for all,” Mr. Jones w…


U. of Louisville Will Remove Monument to Confederate Soldiers

A 121-year-old Confederate monument at the University of Louisville will be removed, its president, James R. Ramsey, and the Kentucky city’s mayor, Gregory E. Fischer, announced at a news conference on Friday morning, according to The Courier-Journal.

On Twitter, Mr. Ramsey said the removal of the statue was one of the recommendations of the university’s diversity committee.


U. of Akron Ends Partnership Talks With For-Profit ITT

The University of Akron has ceased discussions with the for-profit technical-schools operator ITT Educational Services Inc., according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

The university’s president, Scott L. Scarborough — who has been known for his controversial decision-making — said in an email quoted by the newspaper, “The university will not be entering into any agreement involving ITT.” The nature of the proposed partnership has not been disclosed, but it reportedly involved online education.

Mr. …


Budget Cuts Prompt U. of North Dakota to Eliminate More Than 100 Positions

The University of North Dakota will cut 138 positions, including 51 on the faculty, in response to state budget retrenchment, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

The institution’s interim president, Ed Schafer, announced the cuts at Thursday’s meeting of the state’s Board of Higher Education. The university, in Grand Forks, faces a $21.5-million reduction, the AP reported.

Earlier this month the university announced it would eliminate its men’s golf and baseball programs because of the bu…


U. of Utah Plays Down Honorary-Degree Recipient’s Role in ‘Hate Groups’

After drawing attention from online commenters, the University of Utah has removed references on its website to an honorary-degree recipient’s leadership of two anti-LGBT groups, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

The website originally mentioned the philanthropist Lynette Nielsen Gay’s involvement with Family Watch International and the World Congress of Families, both of which have advocated restrictions on LGBT rights, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled them as “hate …