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Subject: Afternoon Update: Oklahoma Public Colleges Must Account for ‘Every Dollar’ Spent on Diversity
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Public Colleges in Oklahoma Must Account for ‘Every Dollar’ Spent on Diversity Over the Past 10 YearsThe action is the latest example of heightened interest by a Republican state official in documenting, and potentially curbing, colleges’ efforts to promote equity and inclusion.
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AAUP Appoints Committee to Report on Attacks on Academic Freedom in FloridaThe American Association of University Professors said it was responding to “a barrage of hostile actions affecting academic freedom and faculty governance” at public colleges. The panel will “review an apparent pattern of politically and racially motivated attacks on higher education.” The AAUP singled out, among other things, Gov. Ron DeSantis’s moves against DEI, his trustee appointments at one college, and college presidents’ denial of CRT. (AAUP statement, The Chronicle)
Education Dept. Resolves Pregnancy-Discrimination Investigation of Troy U.The department’s Office for Civil Rights said the Alabama university had violated Title IX when it failed to accommodate a pregnant student’s needs. Troy will adjust her grades, reimburse her for courses she had to retake, update policies, and improve training, among other steps. (OCR statement)
Republicans Want Iowa Universities to Explain Concepts in Teacher-Training CoursesNew legislation would require public universities to explain, in a report due by February 27, their teacher-training curricula by defining a long list of terms plucked from course descriptions, including “compulsory heterosexuality,” “critical media literacy,” and “equitable science teaching.” (The Gazette)
North Dakota Legislation Aims to Overhaul Tenure ProcessThe bill, introduced by the state’s House majority leader, would create a pilot program on two public-university campuses to evaluate tenured faculty members based on their ability to generate tuition or grant revenue, adherence to policies and procedures, and effectiveness in teaching and advising. Critics say the bill would infringe on academic freedom and professors’ legal rights. (InForum)
Hilbert College to Acquire For-Profit Institution Specializing in Health ProgramsValley College, a proprietary institution in Ohio and West Virginia, will operate independently with Hilbert, a Franciscan college in New York, under a new nonprofit parent entity called Franciscan Services. (Higher Ed Dive)
ASA College to Close in Midsemester, Leaving Students With Few OptionsThe for-profit college, which has locations in New York and Florida, lost its accreditation last fall after a series of financial and legal problems. Students say they received an email announcing the college’s sudden closure. (News 12, Higher Ed Dive)
Saving for College
Md. Officials Claim to Have Fixed Error That Locked College-Savings Accounts for MonthsMore than 500 accounts in the state’s prepaid-tuition program were frozen last summer after a “calculation error” was discovered, but officials said this week that the problem had been resolved. The program’s board chair resigned last week amid bitter criticism by state lawmakers. (DCist)
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