All posts by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz

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Former For-Profit Lobbyist Quits Job at Education Dept.

Taylor Hansen, a former lobbyist for for-profit colleges, quit his job at the U.S. Department of Education on Friday, Bloomberg reports.

Mr. Hansen is the son of Bill Hansen, head of USA Funds, a student-loan-guarantee agency that has recently branched out into other career-education projects. The younger Mr. Hansen was one of only a few advisers to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos with experience working in higher education.

He resigned after the department announced that it would reverse an Oba…

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Watch These Children Steal an Academic’s Spotlight in BBC Interview

Working from home just got a bit tougher for one academic as he faced a new kind of higher-ed disruption.

Robert E. Kelly, an associate professor of international relations at Pusan National University, in South Korea, had to put in a little extra work while he was interviewed live on BBC World News.

This video of his interview shows a little girl wandering into the room as Mr. Kelly is speaking into the camera. After Mr. Kelly pushes her away, a baby in a walker wheels into the room as well. …

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Mike Pence Will Give Notre Dame’s Commencement Address

Vice President Mike Pence will be the University of Notre Dame’s commencement speaker in May 2017, the institution announced on Thursday.

Six U.S. presidents have given the commencement address at the Roman Catholic university while in office.

After President Trump was elected, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, said he would think twice about inviting Mr. Trump, given the divisiveness of the 2016 campaign.

When President Barack Obama spoke there in 2009, during his first term, st…

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Betsy DeVos Criticizes Professors in Remarks to Conservative Conference

Betsy DeVos, the U.S. education secretary, said that university faculty members “ominously” tell college students what to think, according to her prepared remarks for a speech on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

In the remarks, Ms. DeVos said that college students were also responsible for fighting the “education establishment.”

“The faculty, from adjunct professors to deans, tell you what to do, what to say, and more ominously, what to think. They say that if you voted …

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Dean at Georgia Tech Will Be New Chancellor of UC-Davis

Gary May, dean of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering, will be the next chancellor of the University of California at Davis, it announced on Tuesday.

The UC system’s Board of Regents will vote on Mr. May’s appointment on Thursday, and assuming its approval he will take office on August 1, the university said.

Until then Ralph Hexter will continue to serve as interim chancellor. Mr. Hexter took over when Linda P.B. Katehi resigned last summer following a three-month inves…

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Law Dean at Florida International U. Is Tapped for Labor Secretary

[Updated (2/17/2017, 10:27 a.m.) with a statement from the university.]

R. Alexander Acosta, dean of Florida International University’s College of Law, is President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, the president announced on Thursday.

Mr. Acosta, a former U.S. attorney, will replace Mr. Trump’s former nominee, Andrew Puzder, who withdrew from the nomination after facing broad opposition from Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Acosta has served as the university’s law dean since 2009. Before…

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Stanford U. Says Lawyer Was Not Dismissed Over Criticism

Responding to several news articles about Stanford University’s Title IX cases, the university released a Q&A with Lauren Schoenthaler, senior associate vice provost, about the adjudication process.

On February 9, The New York Times reported that Stanford had dismissed Crystal Riggins, a lawyer who had been hired to help students while they pursued sexual-assault complaints. The Times reported that Ms. Riggins had been fired for criticizing the university’s adjudication process to the newspaper.

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Michigan State Suspends Gymnastics Coach Amid Inquiry Into Former Team Doctor

Michigan State University has suspended Kathie Klages, coach of women’s gymnastics, while the institution investigates alleged sexual assaults involving Larry Nassar, the team’s former doctor, the Lansing State Journal reports.

More than 60 women have reported that Mr. Nassar, who was the team’s physician for nearly 20 years, sexually assaulted them, often during medical appointments. Mr. Nassar has been charged with sexual misconduct as well as charges related to obtaining, possessing, and dest…

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Why Colleges’ Pledges to Shield Data on International Students Don’t Mean Much

President Trump’s executive order to bar all refugees from entering the United States, as well as citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, had college leaders scrambling over the weekend to respond.

Many colleges released statements saying they would not turn over confidential student records to law-enforcement agencies beyond the federal government’s current requirement. For example, in a written statement, Richard H. Brodhead, Duke’s president, said, “Duke University cannot and will no…

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Court Denies Regent of U. of Texas Full Access to Admissions Records

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Wallace L. Hall Jr., a University of Texas regent, in his attempt to force the system’s chancellor to turn over records containing admissions information.

Because the university system’s governance structure gives the chancellor, William H. McRaven, ultimate “discretionary legal determination,” he did not exceed his authority in denying Mr. Hall complete access to records, the court ruled in Mr. Hall’s lawsuit.

“In this suit we are simply tasked wi…