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Kansas State U. Denounces Former Student’s Racist Snapchat

Kansas State University has condemned a former student’s racist Snapchat that was posted to Twitter on Thursday.

The former student, Paige Shoemaker, posted a picture of herself and a friend wearing dark facial masks, with a caption that included a racial slur. Screenshots of the Snapchat post were then spread via Twitter, CNN reports.

According to a news release from the university, when the pictures were tagged on Kansas State accounts, they were immediately removed. Ms. Shoemaker is not curre…


Felician U. Investigates Email That Disparaged Black Students

Felician University, a Roman Catholic institution in New Jersey, is looking into whether hacking can explain an email students received from its housing director that insulted black students, The Record reports.

As students were moving in on the campus, they got an email from the account of Laura Pierotti, director of residence life, saying that black students had bad attitudes. The message also complained about dealing with angry parents.

Felician’s president, Anne Prisco, quickly defended Ms. …


ITT Tech Stops Enrolling New Students

[Updated (8/29/2016, 6:27 p.m.) with comment from the company.]

ITT Technical Institute is not enrolling new students, the for-profit educator announced on Monday.

The halt in enrollment comes days after the Education Department barred its parent company, ITT Educational Services Inc., from enrolling students with federal financial aid, and increased the amount of cash it must send the department.

In response to a request for comment, a spokeswoman for the company said only that “we have volunta…


What Are Your Experiences With Cheating?

As higher education is changing to use more online learning, the cheating industry is changing along with it. A recent Chronicle article revealed that the cheating business is expanding its offerings to accommodate online education and growing demand.

While students used to be able to purchase term papers on the internet, now they can hand off responsibility for entire courses.

With a wide array of services to choose from, there are more opportunities than ever for students to cheat, and we want…


Education Department Picks Nontraditional Partners for Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education has joined with eight nontraditional training programs to provide more students with federal student aid, says a department news release.

Students enrolled in the eight programs of the Educational Quality Through Innovation Partnerships will now be eligible for financial aid.

The department announced the pilot program in October 2015 to make nontraditional courses and programs more available to low-income students and to develop a way to measure student outcomes…


What Is a ‘Serious Academic’? Social-Media Critique Provokes a Backlash

“I’m a serious academic, not a professional Instagrammer,” read the headline of an anonymous article in The Guardian on Friday. Embracing social media, as many academics are encouraged to do, amounts to little more than a dog-and-pony show, the author writes, and is more about demonstrating an exaggerated enthusiasm than anything else.

“I do not — and should not — have to parade myself online to please my employer or to stake my claim as a good researcher,” the author writes. “Can’t we save th…


Oberlin Professor Is Placed on Leave Over Anti-Semitic Social-Media Posts

Oberlin College has placed Joy Karega, an assistant professor of rhetoric and composition, on paid leave as the faculty investigates her “professional fitness” after she posted anti-Semitic comments on social media, the college said in an email.

The college’s Board of Trustees in March condemned Ms. Karega’s posts, which claimed that “Israeli and Zionist Jews” caused the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the Charlie Hedbo shooting, in Paris in 2015.

Oberlin said it would begin a “facu…


Happy 21st Birthday, Academe Today!

Chronicle subscribers received the first issue of Academe Today, The Chronicle’s daily newsletter, on this day in 1995. The newsletter, reproduced here, seems quite primitive by today’s standards.

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The email was available in plain text only, as relatively few people had access to the “World-Wide Web,” as it was then known, let alone email readers that could render HTML.

The newsletter’s content was limited to a few briefs about doings on Capitol Hill, a summary of an article in a once-prominen…


Education Dept. Proposes Rules to Clarify State Oversight of Online Courses

The U.S. Department of Education is proposing further regulations for online-education programs at colleges and universities, the department said in a news release on Friday.

The department’s new regulations, which follow rules that took effect last summer, would make state-authorization requirements, which vary by state, more clear for institutions that offer online courses.

Among the most notable changes, colleges that offer online courses would have to be authorized by each state in which the…


Everybody’s Talking About Plagiarism. What Is It, Exactly?

Plagiarism has long been one of the cardinal sins of academe. But on Tuesday it was on the lips of people nationwide, thanks to a seemingly unlikely source: the Republican National Convention.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, gave a speech that appeared to plagiarize parts of the speech Michelle Obama delivered when her husband was first nominated, at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, in Denver.

Academics, some of whom deal with plagia…