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The president of Eckerd College has become the latest college leader whose statements about preventing rape and sexual assault have resulted in criticism that he is blaming women. Donald R. Eastman III sent an email to students Sunday in which he encouraged them to drink less and to avoid casual sex.
The dean of health sciences at a college in Cincinnati is Mercy College of Ohio’s choice to become its new president.
Susan C. Wajert, whose degrees include a bachelor of science in nursing from Bowling Green State University and a master of business administration from the University of Toledo, succeeds John F. Hayward, who retired June 30 after nine years in charge at Mercy.
The Siena College board of trustees has announced that Br. F. Edward Coughlin has been appointed the 11th president of Siena College, effective immediately. A Franciscan brother for more than 40 years, Coughlin has led a distinguished career in Catholic higher education as a scholar, professor and senior administrator. Prior to Siena, he was vice president for Franciscan mission at St. Bonaventure University and a Siena trustee.
On the job for five months, Mitchell College President Janet Steinmayer has a clear vision of where the small, liberal arts school will be in a few years. "High touch" - giving every student the personal attention they need to succeed - is very much in the vernacular on the Mitchell campus these days. It's not a new phrase, but under Steinmayer's leadership it's a two-word description of the Mitchell experience that is being embraced, touted and marketed.
The Boston City Council, in a rare step, issued a subpoena Monday to Boston University President Robert Brown to compel him to appear at a hearing next week on employee and student diversity at local colleges. The council said it acted after BU failed to comply with a request to send a representative to a hearing last month.
While young people have earned most of the attention for the burden of student loans – the national plague of debt that now numbers $1tn – baby boomers are suffering too. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), 3% of those 65 and older carry student loan debt – which adds up to 706,000 older households that owe $18.2bn into their golden years. About 82% of the loans taken out by retirees were for their own education. Overall, about 3.75 million of students enrolled in college in 2011 are 35 or older.
Most of the new adjunct faculty unions affiliated with Service Employee International Union’s national Adjunct Action campaign haven’t yet achieved contracts. Those who have negotiated collective bargaining agreements, however, say they have better pay and working conditions as a result. Take adjuncts at Tufts University, for instance, whose newly inked contract guarantees significant pay increases, longer-term contracts and the right to be interviewed for full-time positions.
A number of St. Louis-area colleges will be closed on Tuesday in response to violent protests that erupted on Monday night following the announcement that no charges would be brought against a white police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on August 9.
Frank H. Wu writes: I have never been persuaded that leaders in higher education should be selected from academics. Or, more precisely, I doubt that the customary responsibilities of a faculty member prepares her to preside over an institution of higher education. The skill sets needed for longevity heading a college do not overlap significantly with the talent and training of the typical scholar-teacher, especially in these times of unceasing change. The selection of professors and the expectations of them are not intended to foster development of diverse competencies.
Kathleen Weldon writes: Among the Americans struggling most in the current economy are recent college grads carrying significant educational debt. As millennials navigate lowered employment prospects with larger student loans than young people of earlier decades, the U.S. system for funding higher education has come under scrutiny.
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