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Janet Napolitano Disputes Finding That Her Office Held $175 Million in Undisclosed Funds

The University of California’s Office of the President did not disclose $175 million in its reserve funds to the university’s Board of Regents or California’s Legislature, according to a state audit released on Tuesday. The audit’s findings were disputed by Janet Napolitano, the UC system’s president, who wrote that figures in the audit had mischaracterized the office.

The audit found that the Office of the President had spent less than it budgeted while asking for funding increases based on pre…

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After a Week of Protest, U. of Utah Cancer Researcher Is Reinstated

A week after the University of Utah announced that the chief executive and director of its Huntsman Cancer Institute was leaving her post, she’s been reinstated.

In a written statement, the university’s president, David W. Pershing, confirmed the decision to keep Mary Beckerle.

“Effective today we have changed HCI’s reporting structure, and Dr. Beckerle will report directly to the president of the university,” the statement said. “I am grateful for her committed leadership and look forward to wo…

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Kristina Johnson Is Named Chancellor of SUNY

Kristina M. Johnson, a former under secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy under President Barack Obama, has been named the next chancellor of the State University of New York system, the Board of Trustees announced on Monday. Nancy L. Zimpher, the current chancellor, will step down in June after eight years at the helm.

As chancellor, Ms. Johnson will lead 64 four-year and community colleges that serve more than 400,000 students. The announcement was made during a special meeting of the sy…

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Education Dept. Announces Moves to Ease Burden of Fafsa Tool’s Absence

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday said the department would relieve some of the burden on students and families affected by the suspension of the Internal Revenue Service’s Data Retrieval Tool, which makes it easier to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the Fafsa.

The changes, announced in a “Dear Colleague” letter, will affect the verification requirements for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 Fafsa cycles. Instead of using the tool or requiring a tax transcript, “institutions…

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Students Oppose Pomona College’s Hiring of Alice Goffman as a Visiting Scholar

A group of “students, alumni, and allies” of the sociology department at Pomona College have written an open letter to the department and senior executives of the college to protest the hiring of the ethnographer Alice Goffman as a visiting professor of sociology.

The college confirmed in a statement emailed to The Chronicle on Sunday night that it had offered Ms. Goffman a position as a visiting scholar, starting this fall, and that she had accepted.

The letter’s authors, who remain anonymous…

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NLRB Clears the Way for Resident Advisers to Unionize

In an unprecedented decision, the National Labor Relations Board has held that undergraduate resident advisers are eligible to unionize, in a case involving George Washington University.


For more on the decision, as well as reaction and analysis, see this new article from The Chronicle.


In a decision handed down on Friday, Sean R. Marshall, acting regional director at the NLRB’s Baltimore office, accepted the labor organizers’ argument that the resident advisers are technically university e…

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Obama to Deliver First Speech as Ex-President at U. of Chicago

Barack Obama will give his first public speech since leaving office as president at the University of Chicago on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Mr. Obama “and young leaders will hold a conversation on civic engagement and discuss community organizing” at the event, his office said.

About six people are expected to join him on the stage, ranging in age from high-school students to recent college graduates.

Hundreds of people from Chicago-area colleges were invited to attend. The talk will b…

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Cal State’s Growth in Hiring of Managers Exceeds Other Staff, Audit Finds

The California State University system has increased its hiring of managers at a steeper rate than its hiring of other employees over the past 10 years, according to a new state audit.

And in a report on the audit released on Thursday, the state auditor, Elaine M. Howle, wrote that the system could not sufficiently explain why it needed all the new managers, including deans, head coaches, and vice presidents, among other positions.

From the 2007-8 to the 2015-16 fiscal years, the system’s growth…

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Berkeley Reverses Decision to Cancel Ann Coulter Speech

The University of California at Berkeley will allow the firebrand conservative commentator Ann Coulter to speak on the campus after all, officials said on Thursday, after having canceled the event two days earlier, citing security concerns.

The Daily Californian, a student newspaper, reported that the chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, said the administration had found a place for Ms. Coulter to speak on the campus, but on May 2, rather than April 27, as originally scheduled.

Ms. Coulter had said sh…

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Faculty Votes No Confidence in Fordham U. President

Updated (4/20/2017, 7:10 p.m.) with statement from the university’s board.

Faculty members at Fordham University have voted no confidence in the university’s president, the Rev. Joseph M. McShane, reports The Fordham Ram, a student newspaper.

The vote, conducted on Wednesday, was a reaction to a recent salary and benefits package offered by university administrators, according to the Ram. In the final tally, announced Wednesday evening, 431 faculty members voted that they have no confidence in F…