All posts by Emma Pettit


As a College Faces Loss of Funds, Its Board Chair Refuses to Resign

The chairman of the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha, has been under pressure to step down because of a legal situation that threatens the college’s ability to receive federal student aid. On Monday the chairman, Fred Conley, rejected calls for his resignation, saying he would instead serve the remainder of his term, through December, but not seek re-election, reports the Omaha World-Herald.

The legal situation arose after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De…


Adams State U. Settles Lawsuit With Professor Who Was Banned From Campus

Adams State University, in Alamosa, Colo., will lift a campus ban on Danny Ledonne, a former mass-communications professor, and pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit brought on his behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union, The Denver Post reported on Monday.

After the university did not renew his contract, in 2015, Mr. Ledonne created a website on which he accused Adams State of violating Colorado law by making untimely payments to adjunct faculty members. Subsequently, Beverlee McClure, presiden…


U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Names Its First African-American Chancellor

Robert J. Jones, president of the University at Albany, was named on Tuesday as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by its Board of Trustees at a July 21 meeting, according to a university news release. Mr. Jones would be the university’s first African-American chancellor since the office was created, in 1967, according to the university.

Mr. Jones had been at Albany, part of the State University of New York system, since 2013, and he was previously at …


Turkey’s Education Board Tells 1,577 University Deans to Resign

Turkey’s Higher Education Board has demanded the resignation of 1,577 university deans as part of a larger dismissal of employees at dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt on July 15, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The deans are at private as well as state universities.

Several hundred employees were dismissed from the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, and thousands have been suspended from the military, the police, and the Finance Ministry, reported Reuters.

The govern…


Embattled Dowling College to Close After All

Administrators at Dowling College, a small liberal-arts institution on New York’s Long Island, have announced that it will shut down for good after a protracted attempt to stay afloat, the Long Island Press reported on Friday.

Dowling initially announced its closing at the end of May, but administrators then attempted to stave off closure by negotiating an agreement with Global University Systems, a company that provides capital to higher-education institutions and strengthens their internation…


New Mexico State U. Will Eliminate 126 Positions to Close Budget Gap

New Mexico State University’s main campus, in Las Cruces, plans to cut 126 positions — 37 of which are filled — as part of efforts to mitigate a budget shortfall of $12.1 million, the La Cruces Sun-News reported. Of the 37 existing jobs to be eliminated, three are faculty posts and the rest are staff positions, according to CBS4 News.

In a memorandum to the campus, Garrey E. Carruthers, chancellor of the New Mexico State University system, wrote that the past few months had posed “serious financ…


U. of Wisconsin Center Separated Students by Race to Discuss Shootings

The University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Multicultural Student Center held racially segregated meetings on Monday for students, faculty, and staff to discuss the recent fatal shootings of African-American men in Missouri and Louisiana as well as the killing of five police officers in Dallas last week, reported the Wisconsin State Journal on Wednesday.

In a now-deleted Facebook post, the center advertised two meetings for white students and university employees and two meetings for minority stude…


Antioch U. System Dismisses Leaders at All 5 Campuses

The Antioch University system on Tuesday terminated the Boards of Trustees and, apparently, the presidents at all five of its campuses, located in four states, The Keene (N.H.) Sentinel reported. 

In a letter to the university community, William R. Groves, the interim chancellor, wrote that the colleges would now be overseen by a single board of governors, and institution officials would pursue initiatives to help Antioch “be an even stronger institution now and in the future,” the Sentinel repo…


South Carolina State Appoints New President After Interim Resigns

South Carolina State University, a historically black institution in Orangeburg, appointed James E. Clark, a member of its Board of Trustees, as president after W. Franklin Evans, who had been serving as interim president, resigned on Wednesday, according to a university statement.

Mr. Clark formerly worked as a vice president at AT&T and has served on the Board of Trustees at Benedict College, in Columbia, S.C., for 18 years, according to the statement. The university did not use a presidentia…


Long-Struggling Dowling College Is Told It Will Lose Accreditation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education this week notified Dowling College that it would lose accreditation on August 31, Long Island Business News reported.

In a public-disclosure document, the commission said that it would withdraw the long-struggling private college’s accreditation after peer-evaluation reports, visits to the New York campus, and materials submitted by the college “failed to document that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance.” The commiss…