All posts by Tom Hesse

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Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

President Trump’s travel ban took another hit on Thursday as a federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., refused to reinstate the revised ban, which had sought to limit travel from a group of predominantly Muslim countries.

In its 10-to-3 decision, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said Mr. Trump’s executive order establishing the travel ban, now in its second form, discriminated on the basis of religion. This version of the ban was first rejected in March, when a District Cour…

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Bro Adams Announces Resignation as NEH Chairman

William D. (Bro) Adams will resign as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities on Tuesday.

The resignation, announced in a news release on Monday, coincides with the planned release of President Trump’s budget proposal, which is expected to include extensive cuts in government programs. Mr. Adams took over as the 10th chairman of the NEH in July 2014. Since President Trump took office, a number of budget moves have included calls to strip funding from the National Endowment for the …

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Faculty Votes No Confidence in President of Cal State San Bernardino

Following a heated debate on Tuesday, the Faculty Senate at California State University at San Bernardino voted no confidence in the institution’s president, Tomás D. Morales.

The Press-Enterprise reported that the measure passed, 21 to 15, following an hourlong discussion about what some faculty members viewed as a toxic campus climate and complaints over shared governance. Tensions have built for some time on the San Bernardino campus, where last year faculty members were planning a work stopp…

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Embattled Community-College President Retires Ahead of Board Vote

A community-college president who was allegedly recorded disparaging the victim of a campus sexual assault retired this week hours before a vote by the college’s Board of Trustees on his future, the Associated Press reports.

James P. Klyczek, president of Niagara County Community College, in New York, alerted the board that he had stepped down on Wednesday before a meeting where the trustees were expected to vote on whether to oust him. The president was allegedly recorded making critical commen…

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New York Community-College President May Be Ousted After Victim-Blaming Remarks

The Niagara County Community College’s Board of Trustees is expected to vote on Wednesday on the future of the New York college’s president, James Klyczek, who was allegedly recorded making disparaging remarks about a sexual-assault case on the campus.

Mr. Klyczek’s job status will probably be determined during a vote this evening, reports WKBW in Buffalo, N.Y. Last week a recording surfaced that was said to be of Mr. Klyczek criticizing the victim of a campus sexual assault last summer.

“What i…

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Cornell U. Finds No Research Misconduct in Controversial Food Scientist’s Work

Cornell University says that a professor’s questionable research practices “did not constitute scientific misconduct” but that there will be an external statistical review of his published work.

Brian Wansink, a well-known food researcher at Cornell, drew scrutiny last month, when his work was shown to include statistical discrepancies, questionable research practices, and recycled data. The fallout was detailed in The Chronicle in March, and on Wednesday Cornell issued a statement saying it had…

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Rollins College Student Is Reinstated Following Religious Dispute With Professor

Rollins College has reinstated a student who was suspended following a disagreement with his professor over religious discrimination, the student’s lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel.

Marshall Polston, a Christian student at the small liberal-arts college in Florida, was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing after his Muslim professor made a “protection against stalking” request to the Orange County Circuit Court. News of Mr. Polston’s suspension quickly gained national attention. Grant H…

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Christian Student in Florida Is Suspended After Dispute With Muslim Professor

A small liberal-arts college in Florida has suspended a Christian student who has been clashing with his Muslim professor for weeks, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla., suspended 20-year-old Marshall Polston after his religious-studies professor filed a “protection against stalking” request. Mr. Polston told the Sentinel he felt discriminated against by his professor, Areej Zufari. Mr. Polston received a failing grade on an essay for a course in Middle Eastern h…

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DeVos Changes Tune on HBCUs, Saying They Were Born of Necessity, Not ‘Choice’

A day after calling historically black colleges and universities “pioneers of school choice,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Tuesday that HBCUs did not originate out of “mere choice.”

“But your history was born, not out of mere choice, but out of necessity, in the face of racism, and in the aftermath of the Civil War,” Ms. DeVos said in a prepared statement at a luncheon for leaders of HBCUs. She later repeated the phrase in a tweet.

Tuesday’s statements contrasted with Ms. DeVos’s …

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In First Higher-Ed Address as Education Secretary, DeVos Praises Community Colleges

Betsy DeVos was brief but prepared on Thursday in remarks to the Association of Community College Trustees’ National Legislative Summit, her first speech on higher-education issues since being confirmed as education secretary.

Ms. DeVos spoke for eight and a half minutes to the crowd gathered for a conference here in Washington, D.C., where she praised community colleges, noting their importance to President Trump’s plan for the first 100 days of his administration. “This plan notes the imp…