All posts by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz

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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…

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Colorado State U. Temporarily Suspends a Controversial Diversity Grant

A grant program at Colorado State University designed to bring diverse speakers to the Fort Collins campus has been temporarily suspended, according to the campus sponsor’s website.

In an online statement, the Lory Student Center said the suspension was temporary, in order to “review the processes and procedures involved in the grant process.”

This month an anti-abortion group, Students for Life at Colorado State University, filed a federal lawsuit against the grant program for denying it the fu…

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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…

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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…