All posts by Eric Kelderman

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Ohio Moves to Make Historically Black College a Land-Grant University

A resolution to be considered by the Ohio legislature would give land-grant status to Central State University, a historically black college that was passed over for land-grant status 120 years ago, reports The Columbus Dispatch. If approved by state lawmakers and Congress, the university would be eligible for up to $2-million a year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the newspaper says. The proposal is proceeding with the support of the state’s original land-grant institution, Ohio State …

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California High-School Graduates Increasingly Reject State’s Public Colleges

The share of California’s high-school graduates who are enrolling at the state’s public universities dropped by one-fifth from 2007 to 2010, according to a report issued on Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California. The decline, the report says, results from state budget cuts for higher education as well as enrollment caps and tuition increases at the California State University and University of California systems. Many of those students are choosing to enroll at colleges in other …

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Minority Students’ Higher-Education Performance Lags in Georgia

Policies in the Peach State are making it more difficult for Hispanic and African-American students to get into and complete college, concludes a study released on Thursday. In the last of five reports, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education detailed problems that Georgia faces in closing the performance gap between white students and underserved minority students. The state, researchers concluded, has too little need-based aid; poor transfer agreements betw…

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Rowan U. Is Accused of Inflating Its SAT Scores

More controversy has erupted this week over the proposed merger between Rutgers University’s campus in Camden, N.J., and Rowan University, some 20 miles away in Glassboro, N.J. A commission appointed by Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, recommended that the Rutgers campus be given to Rowan as a way to improve the prestige of the public regional university and increase access to higher education in southern New Jersey. Now it has been discovered that a “fact sheet” on the proposal given to state…

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New Web Site Catalogs Rules-Compliance Information for Colleges

Keeping up with the growing body of federal laws and regulations that apply to higher education could be a full-time job for college administrators. A new Web site, the result of a collaboration among 21 higher-education associations, is meant to make that task easier. The Higher Education Compliance Alliance’s site is a repository of mostly public information on federal regulatory requirements, with links to some information that is accessible only to members of specific associations. The conte…

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California Regulators Shut Down Unaccredited College

The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has ordered the Institute of Medical Education to close its two campuses, in San Jose and Oakland. The college, which offered training for various medical vocations—such as dental hygienists, licensed vocational nurses, and ultrasound technicians—is unaccredited and in financial risk of failing, the bureau ruled on Wednesday. The college’s Web site says it is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association …

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Pennsylvania Governor Again Proposes Deep Cuts for Public Colleges

Nearly a year ago, Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania urged state legislators to cut in half the state’s spending on public colleges. Campus leaders fought back, and despite some political missteps, they negotiated the proposed reduction down to 19 percent.

This year, the Republican governor’s budget, released today, proposes about a 30-percent cut for three of the four state-related institutions—Pennsylvania State and Temple Universities, and the University of Pittsburgh. The 14 state-owned un…

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Cuesta College Is Threatened With Loss of Accreditation

Cuesta College, a two-year institution in San Luis Obispo, Calif., may lose its accreditation early next year, according to a February 1 letter from its accrediting agency. The college, which enrolls about 12,000 students at three campuses and online, has been ordered to “show cause” to the Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges why its accreditation should not be revoked. The college has fallen short of various commission stand…

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Maryland Legislation Would Exempt Research From Open-Records Laws

Maryland’s General Assembly is considering legislation to exempt research at public universities from the state’s open-records laws, according to the Capital News Service. The University of Maryland supports the measure as a way to protect possible campus patents or copyrights, reports the news service. But news organizations have opposed the bill as a restriction on the public’s right to information.