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Following Plagiarism Reports, Trump Aide Bows Out of White House Post

Monica Crowley, whom President-elect Donald J. Trump had chosen to serve as director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, has decided not to take the job following allegations that she had plagiarized parts of a book and her doctoral dissertation.

“After much reflection I have decided to remain in New York to pursue other opportunities and will not be taking a position in the incoming administration,” Ms. Crowley said in a written statement to The Washington Times. “I…

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Idaho State Settles Sex-Harassment Suit for $170,000

A former employee of Idaho State University who claimed that she was sexually harassed by her boss and then punished by the institution for complaining has settled her lawsuit for $170,000, the Idaho State Journal reports.

Kelly Pokorny, who worked as an education coordinator at the university’s Museum of Natural History, alleged that Herb Machner, the museum’s director, followed her into her office in 2013 and forcibly kissed her and grabbed her buttocks. She filed a complaint and was placed o…

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City College of San Francisco, Which Fought Accreditor, Wins Back Full Recognition

City College of San Francisco, the community college that vigorously fought efforts by its accreditor to strip it of its accreditation, has been reaccredited for the full term of seven years, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges moved to strip the college of its accreditation in 2013, citing problems in the college’s finances as well as its governance. That spurred the college’s leaders to scramble in an effort to save it. After variou…

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In Shift, Education Dept. Will Automatically Forgive Student Loans Incurred at Defunct For-Profit

With one week left before its leadership changes hands, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday that it would automatically grant loan-debt relief to former students at the American Career Institute, a defunct for-profit college in Massachusetts. The move is a shift from how the department has so far granted relief to defrauded borrowers, requiring them to apply for it.

The department said in a news release that it would send emails to former students of the institute starting on Tu…

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Sacred Heart U. Apologizes for Saying Wrong Man Was a Rape Suspect

Sacred Heart University apologized on Wednesday for distributing the name and photograph of a man wrongfully connected to the off-campus sexual assault of a student.

The Connecticut university’s apology was part of a settlement of a defamation lawsuit brought by Gary Douglas, who was accused of the assault in leaflets posted last April around the campus, according to The Connecticut Post. Neither Mr. Douglas’s lawyer nor the university commented on the specifics of the case, except to confirm …

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2 More University Mergers Are Announced in Georgia

Four universities are to become two in the latest round of mergers approved by the University System of Georgia.

The Board of Regents voted on Wednesday to begin the consolidations, the Associated Press reports. The mergers will take effect as early as the fall of 2018.

Armstrong State University, in Savannah, and Georgia Southern University, in Statesboro, will merge under the Georgia Southern name, bringing the total number of students at the university to around 27,000. And Abraham Baldwin A…

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Columbia U. Is Mostly Mum on Accusations of Plagiarism Against Top Trump Aide

Columbia University has declined to comment on recent reports that Monica Crowley, an appointee of President-elect Donald J. Trump, plagiarized portions of her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation at the university.

An examination of Ms. Crowley’s 2000 dissertation by Politico revealed more than a dozen instances of language and information that was either improperly cited or printed without attribution. Columbia University cited confidentiality concerns in a statement issued on Tuesday.

“We have no commen…

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Colleges Are Accused of Using Civics Instruction to Promote Liberal Activism

Colleges can expect to see their civics-education offerings come under fire from conservatives as a result of a report issued on Tuesday by the National Association of Scholars, an advocacy group.

The NAS, which takes a traditionalist view of higher education, argues in its report that a “New Civics” movement in higher education has supplanted objective teaching about the United States’ system of government with efforts to encourage students to engage in liberal or leftist political activism.

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New Federal Guidance Is Hailed as Helping Adjuncts Collect Unemployment

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued long-awaited guidance clarifying when states should deem colleges’ contingent faculty members eligible for unemployment compensation.

The department’s new guidance spells out what criteria the state agencies should use in determining whether such instructors have lost their jobs — rendering them eligible for unemployment compensation — or are simply without work during the summer months. It includes criteria for determining whether colleges had previo…

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Over 800 Programs Fail Education Dept.’s Gainful-Employment Rule

More than 800 programs failed the U.S. Department of Education’s accountability standards for its new gainful-employment rule, and risk losing federal student-aid funds, the department announced on Monday, and about 98 percent of those programs were offered by for-profit institutions.

To view the programs and their institutions that are subject to the standards, click here. For a sortable, searchable table showing institutions that failed the standards, click here.

Monday’s announcement represen…