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Seminaries Squeezed

Inside Higher Ed
May 27, 2016

Mainline Protestant theological schools are exploring mergers and campus sales as they feel a prolonged enrollment and financial pinch, but experts see smaller institutions bubbling up under different faiths.

Shimer Will Become Part of North Central College

Inside Higher Ed
May 27, 2016

North Central College is poised to acquire Shimer College under an agreement between Illinois institutions that leaders hope will have Shimer, a small four-year Great Books college, becoming its own division in a larger institution.

Iowa Blocks Ashford U. From G.I. Bill Benefits

Inside Higher Ed
May 27, 2016

Iowa's Department of Education notified Bridgepoint Education -- the parent company of Ashford University -- that the state's approving agency would no longer approve the institution's programs for G.I. Bill benefits after June 30, according to a corporate filing.

Employee Sues University After Data Leak

Inc.com
May 27, 2016

A Rockhurst University employee is suing the school after private information belonging to herself and another 1,200 of the school's employees was provided to criminals by one of her colleagues who fell prey to CEO fraud-type spear phishing last month.

Surge in Americans Applying to Have Student Debt Canceled

Wall Street Journal
May 27, 2016

The Obama administration is wading through nearly 20,000 applications from Americans seeking to have student loans canceled on the grounds they were deceived by colleges, the fallout from a student-debt boom that already has led the government to forgive tens of millions of dollars of borrowings.

New rules, old fight: Critics say U.S. proposals on implementing education law are heavy handed

Washington Post
May 27, 2016

The U.S. Education Department issued proposed regulations Thursday (see text below) to give states “the clarity they need” to implement the new K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. What’s clear is that the proposed regulations instantly sparked a new battle with some critics who charged the Obama administration with continuing to insert itself in issues where it doesn’t belong.

College graduation rates rise, but racial gaps persist and men still out-earn women

Hechinger Report
May 26, 2016

Whites, blacks, Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americans are all graduating from college at higher rates now, but stubborn racial and gender gaps are widening, a new federal report finds. Women earn more college degrees than men but receive lower wages, while whites and Asian-Americans continue to earn bachelor’s degrees at higher rates than blacks and Hispanics.

With Ken Starr’s Future in Doubt, Baylor Alumni Come to His Defense

Chronicle of Higher Education
May 26, 2016

Reports that Baylor University’s president, Kenneth W. Starr, is being forced to resign for failing to respond adequately to a string of sexual assaults on his campus prompted more than a thousand people on Wednesday to rally to his defense online.

When Protests Obstruct Free Speech

Inside Higher Ed
May 26, 2016

Recent incidents at DePaul and UC Irvine raise the question of what obligations a college has to make sure that protesters -- while objecting to an event -- can't shut it down or block its ideas from being heard.

Dealing With Difficult Finances

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
May 26, 2016

Barbara McFadden Allen, Robin Kaler & Ruth Watkins write: By definition, a dean is part of university administration. Walking a tightrope -- providing inspirational vision, building sound support systems and being discreet in navigating institutional politics -- is all part of what it means to be a successful academic leader.

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