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Though he isn’t from Franklin County, it has a sense of familiarity for Ferrum College’s new president Joseph “Jody” Spooner. Spooner, who is coming to the college from Yale University, was raised on a farm in Florida, so he feels right at home in the rural community where the small, private liberal arts college is located.
Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran is not making a lot of plans as she leaves Kalamazoo College. She will catch up on reading, watch a few movies and spend time in North Carolina, where she taught for years and was acting president of Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, N.C., before joining Kalamazoo College in 2005. She also hopes to spend more time in Nigeria, the homeland of her husband Olasope Oyelaran and a country in which she lived and taught for about 14 years, in the 1970s and 80s. Wilson-Oyelaran, who became the first woman and first African-American president of Kalamazoo College in July 2005, will retire from that leadership role on June 30.
Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia pledged a vigorous and wide-ranging effort to make amends for the Jesuit school’s 1838 sale of 272 slaves. DeGioia announced in February that the university is moving to expand its faculty in African American studies and establish a research center focused on racial injustice.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s deadlock on Thursday in a key immigration case disappointed college students who had hoped for reassurance that their parents and siblings wouldn’t be deported.
L. Jay Lemons, president of Susquehanna University, writes: My own big love—the very focus of my life—is education: the transformative power that learning, curiosity and thinking can have not only on the lives of individuals, but on society. For much of our history and in particular the 20th century, this big love of education was shared by local, state and federal government and by both political parties.
After receiving 200 applications, U.S. Education Department releases a list of colleges that will offer need-based grants to prisoners pursuing a degree.
The 30-year conservative campaign to strike down race-based affirmative action came to an apparent end Thursday when a University of Texas admissions policy was upheld by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the last of the Reagan appointees to the Supreme Court and often the deciding vote on divisive issues.
Figures within the [British] higher education sector will have awoken with a bitter taste on Friday with the news the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union.
In a rare vote on Thursday, a federal advisory panel recommended denying recognition to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, a much-maligned accrediting agency.
Federal legislators last week approved a plan to restore year-round student Pell Grant eligibility, addressing the growing problem of limited higher education access that spiked in 2011, but will now expedite college completion for more than 1 million students taking courses this summer.
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