All posts by Katherine Mangan


Trump May End DACA in 6 Months, Fueling Uncertainty for Undocumented Students

President Trump is expected to announce on Tuesday that he will end a program that has allowed some 800,000 young immigrants to live, work, and study in the United States without fear of immediate deportation. His action may be delayed for six months to give Congress a chance to act, according to reports published over the weekend.

The reports, and the possibility that the president could change his mind again, intensify the anxiety and uncertainty of the Dreamers, as they are known, who were br…


American U. Expels 18 Students for Involvement in Underground Student Group

American University has expelled 18 students and disciplined one more for their involvement with Epsilon Iota, an underground student group that has been linked for years to physical violence, hazing, sexual abuse, and underage drinking and drug use.

For more, see this Chronicle article.

The actions, announced Monday, are final and follow unsuccessful appeals by many of the students. The university had been warning students for more than a decade to stay away from the rogue fraternity, which for…


In Dallas Shooting, College Found Itself in the Crossfire

[Updated (7/8/2016, 6:53 p.m.) with more details.]

Students and staff members spent several terrifying hours last night locked inside El Centro College, in downtown Dallas, as sniper fire killed five police officers and wounded seven others.

The shootings occurred as an emotional but peaceful protest of this week’s killings of two black men, by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota, was winding down.

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For more, see this in-depth Chronicle article.

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The Dallas County Community Coll…


Passage Rates in Entry-Level Courses Drop at Florida’s Open-Admissions Colleges

Passing rates in gateway courses have dropped across Florida’s 28 open-access colleges as more students skip remediation and head straight to college-level classes. But because a law that took effect in 2014 gives students that option, the actual number of students passing entry-level college courses has increased.

Those are the good-news, bad-news findings of a study released on Wednesday by researchers at Florida State University’s College of Education.

“The early evidence of our research in…


Accreditor Raises Questions About Developments at Mount St. Mary’s

[Updated (2/26/2016, 3:45 p.m.) with additional information.]

When faculty members asked Simon P. Newman, president of Mount St. Mary’s University, to resign over comments and actions that they said had damaged the Roman Catholic institution, he refused.

Now, a higher authority is making a request the Maryland university can’t afford to ignore. It’s coming from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the institution’s accreditor.

The commission gave Mount St. Mary’s until March 15 to a…


Transfer System From 2-Year to 4-Year Colleges Isn’t Working, Report Says

Only 14 percent of the students who start out in a community college transfer to a four-year university and earn a bachelor’s degree within six years, according to a report released on Tuesday by three groups that are studying ways to plug the leaky pipeline between two- and four-year colleges.

The report was a joint effort of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program, and the National Student Clearinghou…


Medical-School Enrollment Is Up 25 Percent Since 2002

The nation’s medical schools chalked up another record-setting year of applications and enrollment, while making strides to attract a more-diverse applicant pool, according to figures released on Thursday by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The association, which has been warning of an impending physician shortage as baby boomers age and an earlier generation of physicians retires, reported that enrollment has climbed 25 percent since 2002, reaching an all-time high of 20,630 studen…


Survey: 1 in 4 Undergraduate Women Experienced Sexual Assault or Misconduct

Nearly one in four female undergraduates responding to a survey conducted by the Association of American Universities reported that she had been the victim of sexual assault or misconduct, according to eagerly anticipated findings released on Monday.

At the same time, fewer than a third of the respondents reported the incidents, even the most violent, to campus or local authorities. The most common reason? They didn’t feel the incidents were serious enough.

AAU officials cautioned against overge…


U. of Texas Regents Vote for External Review of Law School Foundation

One day after a Texas lawmaker accused the University of Texas system’s Board of Regents of engaging in a “witch hunt” to drive out the flagship’s president, William C. Powers Jr., a bitterly divided board voted on Wednesday to hire outside experts to review how private donations to the law school were used, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Mr. Powers used to lead the law school.

The board voted, 4 to 3, to commission an outside review of how money flowed from the university’s Law School…


Financially Troubled Health-Care College in Virginia Shuts Its Doors

A private, for-profit college that offered training for medical, dental, and other health-care careers has been forced to close its three campuses, all in Northern Virginia, according to an announcement on its Web site. ACT College had been in rough financial shape for some time, appearing last year on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of institutions with low scores for financial responsibility. Its student-loan default rate in the 2009 fiscal year was 19.5 percent, according to the depar…