Category Archives: Governance

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U. of Wisconsin System Proposes Merging 2-Year and 4-Year Colleges

The University of Wisconsin system wants to merge its 13 two-year colleges with its four-year institutions, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Under the proposal, each two-year institution would merge with one of seven four-year campuses. It’s not immediately clear what the proposed mergers would mean for jobs and programs at the two-year colleges. Ray W. Cross, the system’s president, said the plan would take effect in July 2018, pending approval in November by the Board of Regents.

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Wisconsin Regents Approve a 3-Strikes Policy to Deal With Students Who Disrupt Speakers

The University of Wisconsin’s Board of Regents on Friday approved a policy that will compel campuses to suspend and, eventually, expel students who repeatedly disrupt controversial speakers and speech, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

According to the board’s agenda, any student who has been found responsible twice for disrupting another person’s free speech will be suspended for a minimum of one semester. A student who has disrupted someone else’s speech three times will be expelled.

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U. of North Texas President Tried to Stop Donald Trump Jr. From Speaking on Campus

The president of the University of North Texas has tried without success to cancel a speech by Donald Trump Jr. slated for this month, according to more than a thousand pages of emails obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

“I am trying to stop it, but it isn’t an easy thing,” wrote Neal Smatresk, president of the university in Denton, Tex., in an August email to a professor who opposed the controversial appearance by President Trump’s son.

Mr. Smatresk also said he was “not enthused” that the…

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Majority of UNC Board Criticizes Handling of Confederate Statue at Chapel Hill

Fifteen members of the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors have written a letter to the board’s chair, Lou Bissette, and the system’s president, Margaret Spellings, expressing dissatisfaction with how they have handled controversy over a Confederate statue on the flagship Chapel Hill campus, reports The News & Observer. Specifically, the letter criticizes a request that Mr. Bissette, Ms. Spellings, and the Chapel Hill chancellor, Carol Folt, sent to Gov. Roy Cooper about the…

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Former Official Sues Southern U. Over Termination

Brandon Dumas, a former vice chancellor at Southern University at Baton Rouge, has sued the Louisiana institution weeks after he was fired, The Advocate reports.

Last month Mr. Dumas, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, was told by Ray L. Belton, Southern’s president and chancellor, that he would be dismissed, effective on August 10. Mr. Belton did not say why Mr. Dumas would be fired, but The Advocate reports he was put on administrative leave a few days after the uni…

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U. of North Carolina Chancellor Criticizes Board’s Proposal to Hamstring Civil-Rights Center

Carol L. Folt, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has publicly proclaimed her support for an embattled civil-rights center’s ability to pursue litigation, The News & Observer reports.

The university system’s Board of Governors is considering a proposal to prevent the UNC Law School’s Center for Civil Rights from engaging in any litigation. In the past, the center — which was founded in 2001 by the civil-rights lawyer Julius Chambers — has taken on cases involving …

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Texas A&M Removes Provost Over Conflicts of Interest

After an internal investigation found conflicts of interest between the provost and her spouse, Texas A&M University at College Station removed the provost and named an interim, The Eagle, a local newspaper, reported on Wednesday.

The office of the provost, Karan L. Watson, who last August announced her intent to step down after seven years in office, was responsible for paying Nancy Watson, her spouse, more than $114,000 during her time in the position. Nancy Watson, who owns a consulting ser…

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Former Baylor U. Regent Referred to Female Students as ‘Perverted Little Tarts’

Updated (7/3/2017, 1:55 p.m.) with a statement from Baylor University.

A former Baylor University regent referred to women whom he suspected of drinking alcohol as “insidious and inbred,” “perverted little tarts,” and “the vilest and most despicable of girls” in an email to a Greek-organization faculty adviser, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

The 2009 emails from the then regent Neal (Buddy) Jones were filed as part of a Title IX lawsuit against the university alleging that Baylor used its alco…

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U. of Missouri Rescinds Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree, Joining Over 20 Colleges

The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators voted unanimously on Friday to rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree from the flagship Columbia campus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The system’s president, Mun Y. Choi, had recommended that Mr. Cosby, a 79-year-old actor, relinquish his Doctor of Humane Letters degree, awarded in 1999, after his trial for aggravated indecent assault ended on Saturday in a mistrial.

The board’s decision added Missouri to the list of more than 20 other colleg…

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Baylor’s Former Leader Said Its Failure on Sexual Violence Was Not ‘Fundamental’

Updated (6/15/2017, 4:01 p.m.) with a statement from Baylor.

David E. Garland, the former interim president of Baylor University, said in a deposition last month that the institution had not exhibited a “fundamental failure” on sexual assault, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

In the deposition, which was conducted as part of a Title IX lawsuit that the university is facing, Mr. Garland, who stepped down this month, said that he didn’t know why the university’s former president, Kenneth W. Starr,…