Monday, September 26, 2016

Behind the LIU Lockout

The Long Island University lockout is over. A rank-and-file librarian explains how faculty won and why it matters for public education around the country.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Accidental Gunshot Is Reported on Texas Campus That Now Allows Firearms

A gun was accidentally discharged on Wednesday night in a dormitory at Tarleton State University, The Texas Tribune reports. The incident occurred less than two months after a Texas law allowing permit holders to carry weapons on public-college campuses took effect.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Faculty at 14 Pennsylvania Universities Vote to Authorize a Strike

Faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities could soon go on strike.
More than 80 percent of faculty members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) took part in a vote last week, and 93 percent of those who participated voted to authorize a strike. Contract negotiations predating the June 2015 expiration of the union’s pact with the state system have failed to produce any results.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Your Annual Reminder to Ignore the U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

The annual college rankings by U.S. News & World Report are out today, and with their release will come a predictable round of excoriating assessments from journalists, college officials, and others. The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson has called this annual chorus a “national carpfest.” Consider mine an early voice in this year’s bray-a-thon.
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Monday, September 12, 2016

As Lockout Continues at Long Island U., Students Report Meager Classroom Instruction

When Kiyonda Hester started the final year of her master’s program in social work, on Wednesday at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus, an instructor began a course by acknowledging he was unqualified to teach it.

The temporary instructor, who is an administrator, told the students that he had to be there so he wouldn’t be fired, Ms. Hester said. He took attendance and noted that the syllabus had been posted online.
When students asked why the syllabus bore a date from another year, Ms. Hester said, the administrator responded by saying he hoped things would get back to normal next week.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Downfall of ITT Technical Institutes Was a Long Time in the Making

Doors were bolted shut and parking lots emptied at ITT Technical Institutes around the country this week after the chain of for-profit colleges announced it was closing for good.
At some campuses, though, this was not the first time students and employees found themselves locked out. More than a decade ago, in 2004, federal agents, search warrants in hand, swooped into the company’s offices in eight states, closing schools briefly as they hunted for evidence of fraud related to student recruitment, enrollment, dropout rates, grade inflation, loans, and reported job placements and salaries.
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For-profit colleges were a magnet for billions of dollars in federal student loans and grants to low-income students. In 2010, they gobbled up more than $32 billion, a quarter of all federal financial aid, nearly double their share less than a decade earlier, the Senate committee inquiry found. Hundreds of millions more flowed in from the Pentagon and veterans’ programs through the G.I. Bill.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

As For-Profit ITT Announces Closure, Thousands of Students and Employees Face Uncertainty


Closure includes Breckenridge Nursing School at Cascade Station in Portland.


The more than 40,000 students and 8,000 employees of ITT Educational Services Inc. on Tuesday grappled with the fallout of the for-profit’s announcement that it would close in response to heightened scrutiny from the federal government.