All posts by Shannon Najmabadi


Wisconsin Legislative Agenda Could Have Range of Effects on Higher Ed

With historic majorities in both the Senate and the Assembly, Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin laid out a plan on Tuesday that could affect the state’s higher-education system in many ways, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Though the legislative session just opened on Tuesday, lawmakers have already commented on:

  • Campus carry. The Legislature may take up a controversial proposal that would allow people with concealed-carry permits to carry some weapons onto college campuses. The bill,…

DeVry Settles Federal Lawsuit for $100 Million

DeVry University and its parent company will pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit, brought by the Federal Trade Commission, that claimed the for-profit institution had misled prospective students. A news release from the commission says the settlement “secures significant financial redress for tens of thousands of students harmed by DeVry’s conduct.”

The commission’s lawsuit, filed last January, involved advertisements that said 90 percent of DeVry’s job-seeking graduates were employed in thei…


Most Colleges Will Change Overtime Policies Despite Judge’s Blocking of New Rule

A majority of colleges will proceed with at least some of the changes they’d planned to comply with a new federal rule on overtime pay that was blocked last month by a federal judge, according to a survey of 495 institutions by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

The new rule, which had been expected to take effect on December 1, would increase the pool of employees eligible for overtime pay, from those earning up to $23,000 annually to those earning up to a …


New Jersey Will Forgive Student-Loan Debt of Dead Borrowers

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey signed a bill on Monday that forgives the student loans of borrowers who die or become permanently disabled, ProPublica reported.

Some borrowers who become temporarily disabled can also defer loan repayment under the new law, according to the Observer.

The bill’s enactment follows an investigation by ProPublica and The New York Times that found the state’s student-loan program to have “extraordinarily stringent” rules. Their July article described how a New Jers…


After Backlash, Hampshire College Returns U.S. Flag to Campus

Hampshire College raised the American flag on its central flagpole Friday morning, following a backlash over the institution’s decision to remove it from campus in the aftermath of the election.

In a written statement, Jonathan Lash, Hampshire’s president, said the flag was raised to full staff on Friday following “a two-week discussion period about what the flag means to members of the Hampshire community.”

The flag has been the focal point of several incidents on Hampshire’s campus following t…


$108 Billion in Student Debt Is Likely to Be Forgiven, Government Says

In a report released on Wednesday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said the federal government would forgive at least $108 billion of student debt in the coming years, an amount higher than expected.

The office also said the Department of Education’s method of forecasting the cost of its income-driven repayment program does not “ensure reliable budget estimates,” because, among other things, it does not factor in inflation.

The report looks at borrowers in such plans, an option created…


U. of Kansas Cheerleaders Are Suspended From Squad Over ‘KKK’ Snapchat

Four University of Kansas cheerleaders have been suspended from the squad after a photo captioned “Kkk go trump” was posted to one cheerleader’s Snapchat account, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

In the Snapchat photo, three male cheerleaders wearing sweaters emblazoned with the letter “K” for Kansas are posing side by side.

“Unacceptable,” the university’s athletics department posted to Twitter on Monday. “This behavior won’t be tolerated.” The university’s official Twitter account adde…


Seven Sisters Presidents Post Open Letter to Stephen Bannon

Presidents of seven historically women’s colleges, jointly referred to as the Seven Sisters, posted on Monday an open letter to Stephen Bannon, the former executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network and a recently appointed senior counselor to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration.

The letter makes reference to a comment Mr. Bannon made in a 2011 interview in which, the letter says, he “disparaged lesbians, feminists, and alumnae of the historic Seven Sisters Colleges” using …


Texas State U. Police Investigate Threatening Pro-Trump Fliers

The Texas State University police are investigating controversial fliers posted on the San Marcos campus by self-identified vigilantes and alleged supporters of President-elect Donald J. Trump, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

The fliers call for the arrest and torture of “deviant university leaders” who talk about…


U. of South Florida Looks Into Sexual Harassment by Official at Prior Job

The University of South Florida has admitted it didn’t know a highly paid administrator it hired last year had violated a previous employer’s sexual-harassment policy, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Herb Maschner, executive director of the university’s new Center for Virtualization and Applied Spatial Technologies, sexually harassed a former co-worker over the course of several months in 2013, while both were employed at Idaho State University, court documents say.

Mr. Maschner has worked at …