Category Archives: Administration

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Berkeley Settles Suits With Law Dean and Assistant Who Accused Him of Harassment

Updated (4/15/2017, 8:10 p.m.) with further comment from Ms. Sorrell.

The University of California at Berkeley has settled lawsuits with Sujit Choudhry, a former law-school dean, and Tyann Sorrell, a former executive assistant who accused him of repeatedly sexually harassing her, the Associated Press reports.

Under the terms of the settlement — which was reached in March but not disclosed until Friday — Mr. Choudhry will pay $50,000 to Ms. Sorrell’s lawyers and another $50,000 to a charity of he…

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Free-Speech Groups Describe Campus Media as Besieged

Colleges in every sector of higher education are threatening the independence of their student journalists, says a report released on Thursday by advocacy groups focused on free speech or academic freedom.

The report describes several recent public controversies — including those at Mt. Saint Mary’s University, in Maryland; Northern Michigan University; and Wesleyan University, in Connecticut — in which student newspapers or their advisers complained of coming under undue pressure to restrict…

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Expect High Turnover in College Business Offices, Association Says

Many business-leadership positions at colleges and universities will be vacant in the next few years, according to a report released on Thursday by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

More than 43 percent of 713 business leaders surveyed said their current position was their last before they retired, and about 44 percent of those respondents said they planned to retire in less than four years, according to the report, the “2016 National Profile of Higher Educati…

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UC-Davis Chancellor Is Placed on Leave

[Last updated (4/28/2016, 9:40 a.m.) with a statement from the office of president of the University of California system.]

The chancellor of the University of California at Davis, Linda P.B. Katehi, was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday night, pending an investigation of information that “raises serious questions” about whether she may have violated university policies, according to a statement from the office of the president of the University of California system.

The system’s pre…

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Budget Deficit Leads to 55 Layoffs at Illinois’s John A. Logan College

Facing a $7-million budget deficit, John A. Logan College’s Board of Trustees approved 55 faculty and staff layoffs on Wednesday, reports The Southern Illinoisan.

The decision, passed 7 to 1, followed four hours of deliberation and more than 30 testimonials from the hundreds of students, faculty, and staff members who packed the board meeting. Many of them condemned the board’s plan to remove 38 percent of the community college’s full-time instructors.

“I beg of you to try to save money from oth…

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Most Colleges See Fraternities as Among Their Top Liability Risks

Report: “URMIA Survey Shows Institutions Are Attempting to Manage Fraternity Risk”

Organization: University Risk Management and Insurance Association

Summary: In the wake of numerous news reports of bad, and sometimes criminal, behavior by fraternities and their members, the association surveyed its members to see if colleges are reconsidering how they oversee those organizations.

The survey found, among other things, that:

  • About two-thirds of respondents said fraternity activities were among t…
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Colleges Embrace Branding Strategies, Report Indicates

Report: “The State of Higher Ed Branding: A Survey of Marketing Leaders”

Authors: Deborah Maue and Tom Hayes

Organization: mStoner Inc.

Summary: While many people in higher education remain uneasy about branding in the groves of academe, a new report indicates that it is becoming pervasive.

mStoner, a consulting firm, surveyed top marketing administrators at 125 four-year nonprofit colleges and universities for a report on the state of brand strategy in higher education. Brand-strategy projects …

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What Higher-Ed Reformers Can Learn From Other Industries

Report: “Quality Assurance in Other Sectors: Lessons for Higher Education Reformers”

Author: Kevin J. James, a research fellow in the American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Higher Education Reform

Summary: The paper lays out lessons from four industries—health care, job training, charter schools, and housing finance—that could inform efforts to improve the quality of higher education. To take one example, it describes how the use of report cards in health care changed the behavior of hosp…

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College Enrollments Drop for 3rd Straight Year

Report: “Postsecondary Student Enrollments Continue Decline”

Organization: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

Summary: College enrollments dropped by 1.3 percent this fall after slipping 1.5 percent last fall and 1.8 percent in the fall of 2012.

  • For the public sector over all, the decline was 1.5 percent, with two-year colleges down 3.4 percent and four-year colleges up 0.4 percent. (Those categories have been shifting as more community colleges offer four-year degrees.)
  • The for-pro…
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‘Pay It Forward’ Plans Are No Cure for Rising College Costs, Report Says

A new report refutes the proposed “Pay It Forward” model of paying for college, saying in a point-by-point analysis that it would leave most graduates deeper in debt than if they had taken out loans, and would throw colleges’ balance sheets into uncertainty, among other things.

The report, released by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, assails the idea of allowing students to attend college without having to take out loans while requiring them to devote a portion of the…