All posts by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz


Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Sues Nation’s Largest Student-Loan Servicer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is suing Navient, the country’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, for failing borrowers during every stage of repayment, the federal agency said on Wednesday in a news release.

In the lawsuit, which seeks undisclosed damages, the bureau states that Navient violated the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

Navient provided borrowers with b…


Over 800 Programs Fail Education Dept.’s Gainful-Employment Rule

More than 800 programs failed the U.S. Department of Education’s accountability standards for its new gainful-employment rule, and risk losing federal student-aid funds, the department announced on Monday, and about 98 percent of those programs were offered by for-profit institutions.

To view the programs and their institutions that are subject to the standards, click here. For a sortable, searchable table showing institutions that failed the standards, click here.

Monday’s announcement represen…


Twitter Campaign Urges Betsy DeVos to Make Title IX a Priority

Activists and college students are using Twitter to urge Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s nominee for education secretary, to make priorities of combating sexual assault and enforcing Title IX policy.

Ms. DeVos’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, January 11.

Although Ms. DeVos hasn’t shared much of her plans for higher education and her background is mainly in elementary and secondary education, the activists and students fear she may change Title IX policies.

End Ra…


Twin Surprises at Suffolk U.: an Extra Paycheck and a Demand to Return It

[Updated (1/6/2017, 4:28 p.m.) with a statement from the university.]

Some employees at Suffolk University were surprised on Thursday to see an extra paycheck in their bank accounts, The Boston Globe reports, and still more surprised over the university’s insistence that they return the money.

In an internal email obtained by the Globe, the Massachusetts college said that a vendor had mistakenly deposited the funds during a test of a new payroll system. When faculty members saw the unexpected nu…


Talladega College Says Band Will March in Trump’s Inaugural Parade

Despite a fierce backlash, Talladega College said on Thursday that its marching band would appear in President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inaugural parade, the Associated Press reports.

Since the historically black college announced plans for its band to march in the parade, the Alabama institution has faced criticism nationwide. Mr. Trump ran poorly among black voters, winning less than 10 percent of their ballots after a series of racially charged incidents on the campaign trail that have continu…


Chicago State U. Settles Whistle-Blower’s Lawsuit for $1.3 Million

Chicago State University has agreed to a $1.3-million settlement to end a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by a former administrator, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The university’s insurer, the Illinois National Insurance Company, will pay the settlement. Glenn Meeks, a former chief financial officer, will receive $847,000 in back pay, and his lawyer will receive $453,000.

In his lawsuit Mr. Meeks accused the public university’s administration of firing him in 2013 to punish him for complaining abo…


U. of Minnesota Fires Its Football Coach

[Updated (1/4/2017, 10:50 a.m.) with a statement from Mark Coyle, the University of Minnesota's athletics director.]

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has fired its head football coach, Tracy Claeys, the Star Tribune reported on Tuesday.

Mr. Claeys had tweeted his support when the Gophers’ football team boycotted all team activities for two days in December to protest the university’s suspension of 10 players after a campus investigation of a sexual-assault complaint.

The day after the pla…


American Council on Education President to Step Down

Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, will step down on October 31, the group announced on Tuesday in a news release.

Ms. Broad, the first woman to lead the organization, became ACE’s 12th president, in 2008.

As the group’s head, Ms. Broad led the modernization of the GED testing program, oversaw efforts to help college presidents and chancellors ensure integrity in their athletics programs, and promoted the benefits of a diverse student body, according to the rele…


New York Governor Announces Free-College Plan

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York plans to offer free tuition to state residents whose families earn less than $125,000 a year to attend New York’s public colleges.

In a speech on Tuesday at LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York alongside U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mr. Cuomo described a need to make attending college more attainable and to set a standard for the rest of the country.

Free college was part of Mr. Sanders’s platform during his run for the 2016 Democratic pres…


Princeton Cancels Men’s Swimming and Diving Season Over Offensive Emails

Princeton University has suspended its men’s swimming and diving team for the rest of the season after finding “vulgar and offensive” content on the team’s email list, according to a university news release.

Earlier this month, the university discovered emails that were described as “misogynistic and racist” and the team was suspended pending a decision about the meets left in its schedule.

Now the team will not participate in meets scheduled in January and February, and will not attend the Ivy …