One-Third of Low-Income Student Borrowers Who Rehabbed Loans Could Default Again

[Updated (10/17/2016, 11:45 p.m.) with additional information and editing changes.]

One in three student-loan borrowers with very low incomes who have “cured” a loan in default in the past year are likely to default again, according to a report released on Monday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The federal agency’s student-loan ombudsman’s latest annual report highlights complaints the bureau has received from the “most economically distressed” borrowers about the transition from de…


Princeton Will Pay $18 Million to Settle Suit Over Property-Tax Exemption

Princeton University has agreed to pay more than $18 million over the next six years to settle a lawsuit brought by local homeowners who challenged its property-tax exemption, the university announced on Friday.

About $10 million of the settlement funds will go toward property-tax relief for homeowners, and $1.25 million toward assistance with the housing needs of economically disadvantaged residents of the town of Princeton, N.J. The university will also make two additional voluntary payments, …


U. of Wisconsin Spent $24 Million on Faculty Retention After Perceived Threats to Tenure

After a difficult year for higher education in Wisconsin, including what many academics saw as a clear threat to tenure, the University of Wisconsin at Madison spent a total of $23.6 million on faculty retention. Twenty-nine professors rejected counteroffers and left the flagship campus during the 2016 fiscal year, while 111 who entertained outside job offers were retained.

Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, the provost, said Madison had a 77-percent retention rate over all, slightly higher than the universi…


Education Dept. Settles With DeVry Over Job-Placement Claims

The U.S. Department of Education has settled with DeVry University, a subsidiary of the for-profit DeVry Education Group, after the institution put unsubstantiated job-placement claims in its recruitment materials, the department announced in a news release on Thursday.

In 2015, DeVry could not provide data or further information on the assertion that since 1975, 90 percent of graduates had found jobs in their field within six months of graduation, the release said. According to federal law, ins…


Kennesaw State Names Controversial Politician as President Without National Search

Sam Olens, Georgia’s attorney general, was named on Wednesday as president of Kennesaw State University by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, according to a university news release.

In a rare move, Mr. Olens was selected without a national search to fill the position, a point of conflict for many faculty members who regarded his appointment as a threat to shared governance. Students have also taken issue with Mr. Olens because of his defense of Georgia’s ban on gay marriage.



Wesley College Violated Title IX Rights of Accused Students, Education Dept. Says

[Updated (10/12/2016, 4:10 p.m.) with a statement from the college.]

Wesley College, in Delaware, violated the gender-equity law known as Title IX by denying students accused of sexual violence a fair disciplinary process, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced on Wednesday.

The office, known as OCR, began its investigation after an accused student filed a complaint saying the college had not fully investigated a sexual-misconduct report against him. The complaint s…


Benjamin F. Payton, Former President of Tuskegee U., Dies at 83

Benjamin F. Payton, a longtime leader of Tuskegee University who was instrumental in the historically black college’s transition to university status, died late last month, according to an obituary in The New York Times. He was 83.

Mr. Payton, a civil-rights advocate who helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, became Tuskegee’s president in 1981, when it was known as the Tuskegee Institute. His goal of seeing Tuskegee become a university was realized in 1985, and he established its first…


Quincy U. Faculty Votes No Confidence in University’s President

Faculty members at Quincy University have voted no confidence in the Illinois institution’s president, Robert Gervasi, citing its financial situation, according to The Herald-Whig.

“It is what it is. There’s really nothing to report right now,” Mr. Gervasi told the newspaper. “We’ll continue to work with the board and go from there.” The no-confidence vote, which was presented to the governing board on Monday, will be discussed at its next meeting, on Saturday.

The vote stems in part from Mr. Ge…


In Memo, NLRB Told Northwestern Its Restrictions on Football Players Were ‘Unlawful’

Northwestern University has softened rules that policed its football players’ social-media accounts and media appearances and prohibited athletes from talking about their health. But before it did so, the National Labor Relations Board had advised the university that those policies were unlawful, ESPN reported.

An associate general counsel for the NLRB wrote in an advice memorandum, which was obtained by ESPN through a Freedom of Information Act request, that some of Northwestern’s team rules we…


U. of Arkansas Professor Arrested After Yelling Obscenities at Football Coach

[Updated (10/10/2016, 9:33 p.m.) with apology from Mr. Nalley.]

Lawton Nalley, an associate professor of agricultural economics and agribusiness at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors on Saturday night, the Associated Press reports.

Mr. Nalley allegedly screamed obscenities at Bret Bielema, the Arkansas football coach, after the Razorbacks lost to Alabama, 49-30.

According to the website SEC Country, when yelling at Mr. Bielema, Mr. Nalley t…