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From: The Chronicle of Higher Education
Subject: Afternoon Update: Harvard Names Claudine Gay as Its Next President
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Harvard Names Claudine Gay as Its Next PresidentGay, a professor of government and of African and African American studies, has been dean of the university’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 2018. She will succeed Lawrence S. Bacow, who announced in June he would step down as Harvard’s president after five years. Gay will take office on July 1, 2023. (University statement, The Chronicle)
Higher Ed Faced 5.2% Inflation Rate in 2021-22, Commonfund ReportsIn its annual report on the Higher Education Price Index, the investment manager said that colleges and universities experienced a sharp increase from the previous fiscal year’s 2.7-percent rate and the highest rate since the 2001 fiscal year. (Commonfund, The Chronicle)
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NCAA Announces Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts as Its Next PresidentBaker, a Republican in a largely Democratic state, will take office in March, succeeding Mark Emmert. (NCAA statement)
3 Papers Co-Authored by Stanford President Receive Editorial Expressions of ConcernTwo prominent journals, Science and Cell, have added warnings to the online papers. Such statements are published by journal editors when possible problems may undermine trust in a paper. The university is investigating allegations of manipulated images in papers by Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who has denied wrongdoing. (The Stanford Daily, The Chronicle)
Wage Garnishments for Student-Loan Debt Continued Despite Payment PauseData from the Education Department show it continued to take the wages of student-loan borrowers with overdue payments for more than a year after Congress banned such collections during the pandemic. Documents obtained by the Student Borrower Protection Center indicate the department struggles to manage its own debt-collection system. (The Washington Post)
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Utah Government Looks to Remove as Many 4-Year-Degree Requirements as PossibleGov. Spencer Cox unveiled on Tuesday a “skills-first hiring initiative” that seeks to expand job opportunities, regardless of applicants’ credentials, and he asked private businesses to do the same. (Deseret News)
Chinese Student at Mass. College Is Charged With Political ThreatsThe student, at the Berklee College of Music, was accused of threatening and harassing contact with an unnamed person who in October posted fliers in support of democracy in China. American colleges have drawn criticism for not taking steps to protect students from authoritarian countries like China from political censorship and monitoring. (Justice Department, The Chronicle)
Tufts U. Receives Bomb Threat for Second Straight DayBuildings were evacuated on the Massachusetts campus, but as with the many threats this year, against historically Black and other colleges, no bombs were found. (WBTS, The Chronicle, Associated Press)
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