All posts by Mitch Gerber


Florida State U. Quarterback Is Cleared in Sexual-Assault Case

Jameis Winston, the star quarterback of the Florida State University football team, has been cleared of accusations that he violated the student code of conduct in a case involving an alleged sexual assault.

Major B. Harding, a former chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, said on Sunday that the evidence was “insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof.” The jurist held a two-day hearing on the case this month. Possible penalties against Mr. Winston ranged from reprimand to expulsion.

The …


Cutoff of Financial Aid Is Possible at Pima Community College

A federal audit, citing poor record keeping by Pima Community College, has put the Arizona institution at risk of losing its ability to distribute financial aid.

In a preliminary report, the Department of Education found that the college, which enrolls about 33,000 students, lacks a reliable way to keep track of the attendance or even enrollment status of aid recipients, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

As a result, the department could deny the college access to further federal financial aid and…


U. of Houston to Audit Portion of Stadium Cost

The University of Houston says it will look into how $5-million in state funds, designated for classroom construction, was used in the building of its new football stadium, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The internal audit, announced by the chancellor, Renu Khator, is meant to ensure that the money will go, as intended, toward building classrooms at the stadium for members of the university’s band.

The stadium is open as construction continues, but the classrooms have not been built, the Chronic…


Professor Loses in Lawsuit Against Columbia U.’s School of Journalism

A professor’s lawsuit accusing the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism of misusing funds for her endowed chair has been dismissed by a New York State appeals court, The New York Times reports.

The professor, Sylvia Nasar, a former economics reporter for the Times and author of A Beautiful Mind, a biography of the mathematician John F. Nash Jr., has taught at the school since 2000. She said she had discovered that the school had spent $4.5-million from the fund on expenses unrelated…


For Business School’s No. 1 Ranking, Big Asterisk Looms

When a study found that the business school at the University of Missouri at Kansas City boasted the world’s No. 1 program in innovation-management research, officials from the chancellor on down basked publicly in the news.

Now an investigation by The Kansas City Star has cast substantial doubt on that glowing result.

The two authors of the 2011 paper, who were visiting scholars at the school when they did the study, apparently structured it to ensure the top ranking, the newspaper reports. Adm…


Penn State Names New Athletic Director

Sandy Barbour will become athletic director at Pennsylvania State University next month, the university announced on Saturday.

Ms. Barbour, 54, the first woman to hold the job, was athletic director at the University of California at Berkeley from 2004 until this past June, when she resigned. During her tenure, the intercollegiate athletic program at Berkeley won a variety of national championships, but she came under criticism because of low graduation rates on the football and men’s basketball…