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Ohio State issues report on abuse of scores of former students by doctor

Inside Higher Ed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 07:21

At least 177 former students at Ohio State University were abused by a doctor at the institution, an independent investigation commissioned by the university has concluded. The report was released Friday morning.

The abuse was by Richard Strauss, who was employed by the university as a doctor from 1978 to 1998. Strauss died in 2005.

Ohio State missed the chance to prevent much of the abuse, the report found. "University personnel at the time had knowledge of complaints and concerns about Strauss’ conduct as early as 1979 but failed to investigate or act meaningfully," said a statement from the university. "In 1996, Ohio State removed Strauss from his role as a physician in both the Department of Athletics and Student Health Services. His actions were reported to the State Medical Board of Ohio that same year. The report found that the university failed to report Strauss’ conduct to law enforcement. He was allowed to voluntarily retire in 1998 with emeritus status."

Ohio State currently faces three lawsuits from abuse victims.

The number of abuse victims and the failure of the university to prevent abuse are both consistent with long-term abuse by doctors at Michigan State University and the University of Southern California.

The abuse at Ohio State was all of male athletes. The executive summary of the investigation report says that Strauss's abuse ranged from "overt," such as "fondling to the point of erection and ejaculation," to more "subtle acts." The latter category includes requiring students to strip naked when there was no medical need to do so, or asking questions about students' sexual practices. Typically, the report found, the abuse "escalated over time." The university released the report with names redacted and a warning that the report contains explicit descriptions of sexual abuse.

Ohio State's president, Michael V. Drake, issued a letter to the campus Friday.

"The findings are shocking and painful to comprehend," Drake wrote. "On behalf of the university, we offer our profound regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured Strauss’ abuse. Our institution’s fundamental failure at the time to prevent this abuse was unacceptable -- as were the inadequate efforts to thoroughly investigate complaints raised by students and staff members. This independent investigation was completed because of the strength and courage of survivors. We thank each of them for their willingness to share their experiences."

Drake noted that the university has adopted many additional safeguards to prevent abuse in the years since Strauss was employed there.

"Issues of sexual misconduct and abuse challenge our society in real and important ways. We will continue to work to ensure that Ohio State is at the forefront of addressing these critical issues and enhancing the safety and well-being of our community," Drake said.

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Full Circle buys Our World English Schools

The PIE News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 04:49

Hong Kong-based international education management company Full Circle Education Group has acquired summer course provider Our World English Schools, marking the group’s third acquisition in the UK in three years.

Founded in 1989 by Tony Binns, Our World English Schools benefits from association with host schools where it runs its summer programs, such as Dulwich College in London and Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire.

Our World English Schools is a good example of a solid business with an outstanding reputation”

Around 1,000 juniors aged eight to 17 from over 50 nationalities enrol each summer, on programs which include IELTS preparation, soccer with the Chelsea FC Foundation and a Global Young Leaders’ courses in debating and critical thinking.

Danny Wang, managing director of the Full Circle group, said English language training is the backbone of international education.

“Despite the uncertainty of Brexit, the UK ELT sector offers high-quality teaching and learning experiences that are valued by the world,” Wang said.

“The successful purchase of Studio Cambridge last year has given us confidence for further investment in the UK. Our World English Schools is another good example of a solid business with an outstanding reputation and a hugely experienced team,” he added.

Photo: Full Circle

To mark the acquisition, a celebratory dinner was held in the UK’s Houses of Parliament, attended by MP of Cumbria Trudy Harrison and the former secretary for Education in Hong Kong Eddie Ng among other guests.

Speaking about the acquisition, Binns said he “could not think of a safer pair of hands” than Full Circle.

“Indeed, we see this as a beginning rather than a conclusion,” he said.

“There are many ways in which the already strong Our World brand can benefit from being part of a bigger organisation, and the ethos which is so palpable in Full Circle through Danny Wang and his team aligns perfectly with our own, the emphasis being on education rather than business.”

Full Circle also comprises of:

  • Shenzhen Shiyan International School, one of the largest boarding schools in China
  • St Bees School in Cumbria, a traditional British boarding school with 436 years of history
  • Studio Cambridge, the oldest English language school in Cambridge
  • Adventurous Global Schools, a charity which aims to make education more available to everyone.

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Uni of Liverpool & KOL partner for online learning

The PIE News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 02:01

The University of Liverpool has announced that Kaplan Open Learning has been selected as its partner to create and deliver postgraduate taught programs to a global student audience through online learning. The announcement was made at the British Council’s Going Global conference in Berlin.

UoL and Kaplan already enjoy a successful partnership in the area of international student pathway provision through the University of Liverpool International College, one of the UK’s largest embedded pathway colleges.

“The benefits of online is that it is worldwide”

Kaplan Pathways managing director Linda Cowan told The PIE News the two players have developed trust in the relationship lasting more than a decade.

“We have worked with Liverpool for over 10 years, focusing in the area of international education, preparing international students for degrees at the University of Liverpool,” she said.

“This partnership is really bringing the best of Kaplan in terms of our expertise in online delivery through Kaplan Open Learning.”

With this new agreement, the university will further develop its leadership in online education aligned to its World top 100 ambitions and Strategy 2026 by drawing on distinctive strengths in education and research and with a primarily international focus.

Together the partners hope to strengthen visibility worldwide and build on combined networks and resources.

Speaking about the partnership, pro-vice chancellor for Education at UoL Gavin Brown, said that as the university works towards its goal of becoming a world top 100 institution, online education will be a priority.

“The University of Liverpool is a pioneer in online education and we are proud of what we have accomplished so far. I am confident that this new partnership will allow us to achieve our strategic ambitions by helping us to deliver high-quality, career-enhancing education to students across the world,” he added.

“The benefits of online is that it is worldwide. Our students can study programs with the University of Liverpool anywhere in the world,” Brown explained.

Along with continuing Liverpool’s online postgraduate offer, the partnership will explore new markets such as continued professional development, he told The PIE News.

“Students will be able to apply the knowledge and skills that they learn on their online programs directly into the workplace simultaneously.”

Kaplan Open Learning, established in 2007, has extensive experience with online, and works with the University of Essex in the UK, as well as Purdue University in the US, according to managing director of KOL, Nicola Pittman.

“We are delighted that the expertise of KOL’s online delivery and international recruitment was recognised in this competitive tender and we look forward to building on the success of the pathway partnership that is already in place between Kaplan and the University of Liverpool,” Pittman said.

“We can create some really cutting-edge programs that are at the forefront of technology and utilise career focus with an international edge really focusing on those international students,” Pittman added.

Additional reporting by Kerrie Kennedy

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Tandem language app plugs into Eurovision

The PIE News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 01:59

Eurovision fans will have something more to talk about on language learning app Tandem after the German-based company launched its latest feature to encourage users to converse on shared interests.

The Eurovision Song Contest feature, launched this week in the lead up to the event in Tel Aviv this weekend, allows Tandem users to show their support for their country and favourite performer to help create new partnerships on the one-on-one language learning platform.

“We’re also helping to break down barriers and encourage our members to celebrate cultural diversity”

“Our Tandem members always jump at the opportunity to chat about music with their language exchange partners, which is why we wanted to bring a bit of the Eurovision magic to the app,” said Arnd Aschentrup, Tandem’s chief executive and co-founder.

“Not only are we motivating our community to practise languages, but we’re also helping to break down barriers and encourage our members to celebrate cultural diversity.”

On Tandem, learners connect to teach each other their native language and the edtech provider has long sought to create a community of users.

According to Aschentrup, one of the primary motivators for his learning app is to create friendships across the globe, and facilitating ways to show users’ interests was an essential part of developing partnerships.

“You make deeper connections and enjoy really interesting cultural experiences in the app,” he said.

With an anticipated 180 million viewers from more than 40 countries across the world, the company said Eurovision was a unique opportunity to connect fans around the world to start learning a new language and sharing their interests.

The Eurovision feature is the latest in a series of updates and timed events from Tandem, which in early 2019 launched its second phase of artificial intelligence guided learning.

A similar limited time event was run in 2018 for the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Int’l students in Korea face health insurance hike

The PIE News - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 00:50

International students who stay in Korea for more than six months can expect to pay higher medical insurance costs from July 2019, when a new law kicks in to enforce their compulsory registration in the state healthcare insurance system.

The revised rule is one of the changes to the National Health Insurance Act that will apply to any foreigner who resides in the country continuously for at least six months.

“It would be a big burden for students from developing countries”

While to date most international students have used private health insurance policies that cost in the region of 100,000-110,000 won (US$85-$94) a year, the new rule will require them to join the state insurance system, which can cost around 678,000 won (US$570) per year.

According to media reports, the law was revised to prevent foreigners from abusing the state insurance system by paying a small amount in insurance fees with the aim of getting expensive treatments.

The Korea Times reported that universities have called for an exemption for students, with an online petition on the Cheong Wa Dae receiving over 30,000 signatures.

The number of international students at universities and graduate schools in South Korea reached 142,205 last year, with students from China making up the largest number, followed by Vietnamese and Mongolian students.

According to one report, around 100,000 of these students will be affected by the new rule.

“It would be a big burden for students from developing countries,” a university official said in the online petition, adding that even though the state insurance system offers greater benefits than private policies, most young students wouldn’t need extensive health care.

The education ministry said it will ask the health ministry to exempt foreign students from the mandatory subscription to the national health insurance system.

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Governing board at University of Mississippi debates professor's tweets

Inside Higher Ed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 00:00

Governing boards typically rubber-stamp tenure bids for professors whose colleagues and administrators have already recommended them for promotion.

But the tenure bid of one University of Mississippi sociologist hung in the balance Thursday as the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning debated his record for two hours in a closed-door session. None of the other dozens of professors up for promotion triggered such a discussion.

James M. Thomas, the sociologist, was ultimately granted tenure -- with dissent, the board said in an announcement. The public notice didn’t refer to Thomas by name but made clear it was him in citing “recent concerns regarding certain statements by the professor on social media.”

In October, during the national debate over U.S. Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Thomas caught flak from Mississippi’s then president, Jeffrey Vitter, for tweeting, “Don’t just interrupt a senator’s meal, y’all.” At the time, several GOP figures -- including Texas senator Ted Cruz and White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders -- had been disrupted by public critics at restaurants, prompting discussions about whether that's acceptable.

Put “your whole damn fingers in their salads,” Thomas said. “Take their apps and distribute them to the other diners. Bring boxes, and take their food home with you on the way out. They don’t deserve your civility.”

Vitter soon appeared to criticize Thomas on his own Facebook page, writing that an unnamed professor’s social media post “did not reflect the values articulated by the university, such as respect for the dignity of each individual and civility and fairness.”

While “I passionately support free speech,” Vitter said, “I condemn statements that encourage acts of aggression.”

Thomas’s statement also received national media attention -- much of it negative. Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel was among those who publicly urged Mississippi to punish Thomas, saying, “Another threat from another low-life liberal,” and, “It’s time for disciplinary action.”

Thomas, who’s said he received threats over his post, didn’t stop tweeting. He later said, “Run for office. Get elected. Pass legislation that harms large groups of people. And I will stick my whole foot in your lunch. Deal?”

The board said in its announcement that it examined whether “those statements were in keeping with the requirements for tenure” set by university policy. Those include the examining the "candidate's effectiveness in interpersonal relationships, including professional ethics and cooperativeness, in making decisions regarding tenure," it said.

The board said it was also mindful of the university's Statement Concerning Academic Freedom, which says, in part, that “As a person of learning and an educational officer, he/she should remember that the public may judge his/her profession and his/her institution by his/her utterances.” So “he/she should strive at all times to be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, [and] should show respect for the opinions of others,” notes the statement, which is inspired by widely followed standards of the American Association of University Professors.

In the end, though, the university’s endorsement of Thomas’s tenure “carried the greatest weight in the majority of the board's decision” to grant him tenure, the trustees said.

Many on social media have praised Thomas's achievements as a scholar and teacher, while also saying that the board's actions at its meeting and even its announcement will chill free speech going forward. Thomas's tenure never should have been in question, they said.

"At the end of the day, the university's governance systems should have been respected," Jonathan Friedman, project director for campus speech at PEN America, said on Twitter, for example. "Remiss that we have yet another instance of a public board in higher ed taking actions that will chill the public speech of scholars."

Friedman said later Thursday that the trustees may have been concerned with "public uproar over granting tenure to a professor whose social media posts have received considerable scrutiny. But they made the right choice in the end, affirming the importance of defending speech even when it is unpopular in some corners. If a single tweet can be used by political appointees to nullify an entire academic career, then what message does that send junior professors?" 

He added via email, "I fear the potential chilling effects of these actions, how they send the message that academics risk their careers if they express the 'wrong' political opinions."

Thomas said via email that he's "thankful for the university administration's support of my tenure and promotion. I'm disappointed the [board] moved to consider me separately and outside of public view, and am concerned about the precedent they've now set going forward."

A board spokesperson did not immediately share the vote tally for Thomas's tenure.

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Board chair of two-year college posted Islamophobic and anti-immigrant memes on social media

Inside Higher Ed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 00:00

David Heyen is facing calls for his resignation just one month into his two-year term as chairman of the governing board of Lewis and Clark Community College, which is located in Illinois.

Several recent social media posts featuring Islamophobic and anti-immigrant memes and comments under Heyen’s name surfaced last week. In one post, Heyen appeared to support a comment that blames the recent measles and mumps outbreak on undocumented immigrants. He appeared to back a statement calling Representative Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, who is Muslim, a “snake" in another post.

Heyen, who joined the board in 2017, was elected as its chairman last month. During a board meeting Tuesday, Heyen said he was “relatively new to the concept of social media” and shared some posts as a way to create a conversation on his personal Facebook page. Heyen refused to resign and a board vote to request that he remove himself failed, according to several news reports.

Administrators at Lewis and Clark were notified about the posts earlier this month. A statement from the college said Heyen's social media posts don't reflect the open-access and welcoming culture that exists at the two-year institution.

“The college is looking into this issue just as we would review any alleged conduct of a student, employee, board member, visitor or contractor,” the statement said. “These comments and posts do not represent the culture of Lewis and Clark.”

Hate speech remains an issue on college campuses. But relatively few incidents are reported, or at least become public, at community colleges. Only 9 percent of community colleges reported that an incident occurred on their campus in the last 24 months, according to the results of a survey on campus incidents by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity, which is part of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity.

Lewis and Clark doesn’t track how many immigrants or Muslim students it enrolls. But 23 of the roughly 15,000 students at the college are from other countries, Lois Artis, its vice president of administration, said in an email.

“The college continues to welcome immigrant and Muslim students, employees and visitors to its campus,” Artis said. “The Facebook posts of one individual will not change the welcoming and inclusive culture that has been built and sustained for the past 50 years on the campus of Lewis and Clark.”

During the Tuesday board meeting, faculty members, students and others called for Heyen to resign. (See below video.)

"The views expressed by Lewis and Clark board chair David Heyen are abhorrent to the Lewis and Clark Faculty Association," Mike Lemons, president of the faculty association, said in a statement. "Ours is a culture of respect and inclusivity, and we reject completely and without reservation any rhetoric which would make any of our students feel unwelcome. We serve a diverse community and population."

Lemons said faculty members believe Heyen is incapable of functioning as an effective leader and want him to resign not just as chairman but from the board.

"While he has every right to his opinion, such views are in direct conflict with our values as faculty," he said. "We repudiate them entirely."

Faizan Syed, executive director of the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said the organization was contacted by students and faculty members about Heyen's posts. CAIR-Missouri also has called for Heyen's resignation.

"Students and faculty are not just concerned about him targeting Muslims and his support for the Confederacy," Syed said. "Right now at Lewis and Clark, David Heyen and three other people recently elected have created a voting bloc that is more alarming than the posts."

During the Tuesday meeting, Heyen and the newly elected trustees appeared to alter board policies without discussion, Syed said, despite opposition and calls for more time to review the policies by three veteran trustees.

CAIR will continue to call for Heyen's resignation, he said, and will "actively work to continue this discussion at the next board meeting and raise awareness about what the board is doing."

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Inspector general dings federal process for verifying student aid

Inside Higher Ed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 00:00

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Education Department’s process for verifying the accuracy of student aid applications has no reasonable assurance of identifying errors, a Thursday report from the department's inspector general found.

The report is the inspector general's first look in several years at the process, which requires students to confirm the accuracy of their family’s financial information. But it backs up what financial aid administrators have reported recently about verification, which is widely seen as an obstacle for low-income students to get the assistance they need to attend college.

Colleges are supposed to use the verification process to make sure students are receiving the correct amount of federal aid. But additional bureaucratic hurdles can mean many students never complete the application process.

Among the issues identified by the inspector general: the Education Department hadn’t evaluated which income data it used to verify the accuracy of financial aid applications -- items like adjusted gross income, income taxes paid and the total number of family members in the household. But the department couldn't provide analysis showing that those data elements were most prone to introduce errors in a student aid award.

The department also hadn’t evaluated whether its target number of aid applications flagged for verification is appropriate. In each financial aid cycle, the Education Department seeks to verify 30 percent of all applications for federal student aid received. Federal officials identify those applications and task colleges with verifying students' family income. But the inspector general found that it hadn't evaluated whether that target was overly burdensome for colleges and students.

“It affirms what aid administrators have been reporting for years, which is that there’s a lack of robust analysis happening at the department to justify the verification gauntlet we put our least-advantaged students through,” said Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

A NASFAA survey of member institutions last year found that 84 percent of student aid applicants who went through verification saw either no change to their expected family contribution or a change so small it did not affect the size of their Pell Grants. At two-year colleges, which serve higher proportions of low-income students, 91 percent of aid applicants saw no change to their Pell award after verification.

The organization argued those survey results suggested verification rates were too high or that algorithms used by the Education Department to select aid applications were poorly targeted.

But the verification process has a significant impact on whether a student actually enrolls in college, according to surveys by aid administrators. The National College Access Network found that 25 percent of Pell-eligible students selected for verification in 2016-17 financial aid award cycle did not complete the process, derailing their applications for federal student aid, which the group calls "verification melt."

In the time period examined by the inspector general report, covering the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, the verification rate actually spiked at many colleges. At some institutions, the number exceeded 70 percent.

Kim Cook, NCAN’s executive director, said it’s unclear why those spikes occurred. The process has often been opaque even to campus officials who work full-time on financial aid issues, she said.

“These are questions we’ve been asking and have really not had answers to,” Cook said. “Verification has been a black box.”

In responses submitted to the inspector general, the Office of Federal Student Aid said it had already made some significant improvements to the verification process. FSA chief operating officer Mark A. Brown said in an April 3 letter that the agency concurs with most of the findings but that its usefulness was limited because of changes made since the period reviewed.

FSA made two key changes during that time period, he said. Beginning in the fall of 2017, the agency expanded the number of statisticians who review verification models in real time.

The IG review also took place before the Education Department began using prior-prior-year income information for federal student aid applications, Brown wrote. That change boosted use of the IRS data retrieval tool, an online program that allows families to automatically import tax information already on file with the federal government into student aid applications. Use of the tool simplifies the verification process for many families, he wrote.

NASFAA’s Draeger, however, said that both the Education Department and Congress could take steps to improve verification requirements for students. The department should consult more closely with stakeholder groups on its verification process, he said. And legislation should allow more data sharing between federal agencies so students are not required to verify family income information themselves.

“We don’t have to keep asking low-income students to prove over and over again that they’re poor,” he said.

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George Washington University student files Clery Act complaint against institution

Inside Higher Ed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 00:00

A George Washington University student has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, accusing the institution of violating the federal law that protects sexual assault survivors and requires colleges and universities to share information about sex-related crimes reported on their campuses.

The Washington-based law firm Fierberg National Law Group filed the complaint on behalf of Gillian Chandler in March. George Washington officials deemed a former student responsible for raping Chandler after she attended an off-campus party in 2015, blacked out and woke up as she was being sexually assaulted. Chandler said she believed she was drugged.

The complaint comes at a time when many of the federal rules around campus sexual assault are in flux. In 2017, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pulled back Obama-era policies around how colleges should investigate sexual violence. DeVos instead proposed regulations relating to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal anti-sex-discrimination law, that pundits said were far more lenient on those accused of rape. The proposed new Title IX rules, which were released last year, were met with scorn by survivor advocates and recently went through a public comment period -- the department has not yet approved them.

“Given that Title IX is being twisted to protect those accused rather than those victimized, many survivors are turning to the Clery Act Compliance Division, where campus safety is taken seriously,” said Laura Dunn, a lawyer with the Fierberg group.

Peter Lake, director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University, said that survivor advocates such as Dunn are likely testing DeVos’s resolve to enforce hard regulations. He said Congress may also ramp up its interest in how the department approaches its regulatory authority and uses it.

“I imagine DeVos will risk being critiqued for not investigating or enforcing regulatory mandates especially in the face of public utterances favoring regulations over mere guidance,” Lake said.

While Inside Higher Ed does not generally identify sexual assault survivors, Chandler has consented to have her name used publicly and has been vocal about her case. After the student she accused of assault sued the university last year, alleging that administrators were biased when they found him responsible, Chandler gave an interview to the student newspaper, The GW Hatchet, and shared her story on Facebook. The accused student, who has remained anonymous in court filings, also accused Chandler of lying during her campus hearing, a claim that was ultimately disproven.

Chandler’s new complaint, alleging that administrators infringed on the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, concerns whether they informed her of her attacker’s sanctions, as the law requires. She alleges that the university revoked his punishments and did not tell her.

A George Washington spokeswoman, Maralee Csellarm, said in a statement that “we take our obligations under the Clery Act and other related federal laws seriously. If we are contacted by the Department of Education about this complaint, we will respond accordingly.”

The Education Department has confirmed with Dunn it received the complaint.

Chandler said she was raped in 2015 after attending a party at an off-campus house where the men’s rugby team typically hosted parties. She said she was told later that the alcohol she had been drinking had been drugged. Chandler remembers only pieces of the night -- returning to campus in an Uber ride with her alleged attacker and waking up to him raping her.

She did not report the episode to the university until about two years later, in October 2017, after, she said, she was worn down by avoiding the student and seeing him enroll in her classes.

The university found him responsible for the rape in January 2018, suspending him through the rest of the calendar year and banning him from all university property through June 2019. The student also wasn’t allowed to contact Chandler -- the university had given him such an order shortly after she reported the assault.

After his appeal was denied, the student sued the university. In May 2018, he alleged Chandler had lied in her statements, which was proven false with phone records -- but the accusation still was reported by conservative news media.

“As likely intended … there was significant media coverage regarding the false claims brought … against Ms. Chandler, which exacerbated and contributed to the further loss of her privacy and ongoing harassment by strangers,” the complaint reads.

In October, Chandler tried to file another report against the student, saying he had contacted her on Facebook, but the university ultimately declined to investigate, saying she only had “circumstantial evidence.” The Clery complaint states that Chandler believed officials didn’t look into her accusation because of the pending lawsuit.

In March, a lawyer for George Washington told Chandler that the accused student’s lawsuit had been “resolved” but the outcome was confidential. The university’s lawyer declined to tell Chandler whether the original punishments were still in place. The lawyer told Chandler’s representatives that it was “the expectation” the student wouldn’t contact her, but declined to say whether the order for him not to trespass on the grounds had been lifted.

The complaint is multifold: that the university didn’t investigate Chandler’s second report, as well as a second, separate report of rape against the student because of his lawsuit, and that the university violated Clery by not telling Chandler if administrators rescinded or changed the student’s punishments.

“A year and a half after I reported the sexual violence to the Title IX Office, the case has settled, and I have been pushed aside during that process,” Chandler said in a statement included in the complaint. “This entire ordeal has left me feeling like GWU is not interested in protecting my safety and well-being on campus, but rather is refusing to acknowledge my rights ever since he filed suit against the institution. Now I have less than two months left at GWU before completing my degree. I am still afraid to walk around on campus and to speak with anyone within the administration after this situation.”

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New presidents or provosts: Central Oregon Colorado State Columbia Chicago Dallas James Sprunt Mansfield NCCCS Presidio Tougaloo Tufts

Inside Higher Ed - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 00:00
  • Nadine Aubry, dean of the College of Engineering and University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University, in Massachusetts, has been selected as provost and senior vice president at Tufts University, also in Massachusetts.
  • Jay Carraway, vice president of continuing education at Lenoir Community College, in North Carolina, has been appointed president of James Sprunt Community College, also in North Carolina.
  • Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, has been named president of Central Oregon Community College.
  • Marcella David, vice president for academic affairs at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, has been named senior vice president and provost at Columbia College Chicago, in Illinois.
  • Kimberly Gold, president of Robeson Community College, in North Carolina, has been appointed senior vice president and chief academic officer of the North Carolina Community College System.
  • Thomas S. Hibbs, dean of the Honors College and distinguished professor of ethics and culture at Baylor University, in Texas, has been chosen as president of the University of Dallas, also in Texas.
  • Liz Maw, president of NetImpact, a leadership organization in California, has been named president of Presidio Graduate School, in California.
  • Joyce E. McConnell, provost and vice president for academic affairs at West Virginia University, has been selected as president of Colorado State University.
  • Charles E. Patterson, senior adviser for executive outreach in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid, in Washington, D.C., has been appointed president of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.
  • Carmen J. Walters, executive vice president of enrollment management, student success and institutional relations at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has been chosen as president of Tougaloo College, also in Mississippi.
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Chronicle of Higher Education: Why Are SAT Takers Getting an ‘Adversity Score’? Here’s Some Context.

Dozens of colleges are using a new tool that measures students’ socioeconomic disadvantages. It’s an attempt to quantify the challenges many applicants encounter.

Chronicle of Higher Education: New Retirement Deal Could Offer Relief to Pennsylvania’s Struggling Public Colleges

Under an agreement between the State System of Higher Education and its faculty union, nearly 1,000 full-time faculty members would qualify for “phased” retirement this fall.

Chronicle of Higher Education: U. of Texas Is Sued Over Affirmative Action in Admissions. Yes, Again.

The plaintiff is Students for Fair Admissions, the same group that has also sued Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Why One Scholar Sees Little Evidence on Campus of a Free-Speech ‘Crisis’ — but Plenty of Panic

Jeffrey A. Sachs, a lecturer in politics at Canada’s Acadia University, believes that an overblown fear is gripping administrators and commentators.

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner threatens to upend Argentina again

Economist, North America - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:13

FOR DECADES the city of Quilmes, a 40-minute drive south of Buenos Aires, has had the distinction of being the name of Argentina’s national beer. A German immigrant, one Otto Bemberg, started his brewery there, on the edge of the River Plate, in the 1880s; today Quilmes (now part of the AB InBev empire) is sold from Iguazú falls to Tierra del Fuego. But there is more than beer brewing in the city.

From the fall of Argentina’s dictatorship in 1983 to 2015, the Peronists, a populist movement, ruled Quilmes and its 650,000 inhabitants for all but eight years. Then President Mauricio Macri’s Cambiemos movement ousted the mayor and city government, which had been loyal to his Peronist predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, in a landslide.

Little more than a year ago, Mr Macri seemed assured of another victory in this year’s elections, due in October. Then investor confidence in his economic policy of gradual reform collapsed along with the peso, prompting him to secure a record $57bn bail-out from the IMF. With inflation at 56% and unemployment having grown by half, the chances of Mr Macri winning again now seem slimmer. On May 9th Ms Fernández launched a new book (which became an instant bestseller), seemingly signalling that she will enter the race. Quilmes is a battleground for their starkly different philosophies....

Sanctions on Cuba will only slow regime change

Economist, North America - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:13

FOR THE past few months Cubans have faced shortages of some foodstuffs, as well as sporadic power cuts and fuel shortages that have affected never-abundant public transport. “We have to prepare for the worst,” Raúl Castro, Cuba’s communist leader, told his people last month. On May 10th the government announced that it would ration several staples, including rice, beans, chicken and eggs, as well as soap and toothpaste.

These are the first results of Donald Trump’s tightening of the American economic embargo against Cuba, as part of his effort to overthrow the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. Mr Trump’s administration is trying to halt the shipment of oil from Venezuela to Cuba. Last month it imposed fresh restrictions on tourism and remittances to the island from the United States and opened the way for thousands of lawsuits by Americans against foreign companies operating in Cuba. After ousting of Mr Maduro, Cuba’s government “will be next”, promised John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security adviser.

The Cuban regime has survived six decades of American sanctions, and there is little reason to believe it will buckle now. But Mr Trump’s offensive does come at a complicated moment for Cuba. It coincides with a gradual handover of power from Mr Castro, who is 87, to a collective leadership including Miguel...

In Mexico, AMLO seeks to expel merit from schools

Economist, North America - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:13

HOW QUICKLY winds change. The school reforms signed in 2013 by Enrique Peña Nieto, then Mexico’s president, were to be the only popular legacy of an unpopular man. No longer. On May 8th the senate scrapped them. In mere months a reform deemed vital to reduce poverty lost many of its most ardent defenders. Even senators from Mr Peña’s cowed Institutional Revolutionary Party assented to the death of a law they recently favoured. So did the national teachers’ union, the STNE, despite having backed the reforms six years ago.

That is a testament to the power of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mr Peña’s populist successor, who has long opposed the reforms. It is also bad news for the millions of pupils who might have benefited, had the reforms been allowed to continue. The “new” education measures passed in their place represent a return to old ways.

Mr Peña’s project was an attempt to curb overmighty teachers’ unions. It revoked their power to hire teachers, giving it to an independent body that picked applicants through examinations. Teachers had been accustomed to jobs for life, and the right to sell their posts or bequeath them to their children upon retirement. Suddenly, they were subject to performance evaluations, and those who went on strike risked losing their jobs. And the federal government assumed responsibility for...

Colombia’s peace tribunal defies an American extradition request

Economist, North America - Thu, 05/16/2019 - 08:13

JESúS SANTRICH was supposed to become a member of Colombia’s congress in July 2018. As a former FARC commander, he was chosen to take up one of the ten congressional seats promised to the guerrilla group by the peace deal that ended the country’s 50-year armed conflict. But Mr Santrich, whose real name is Seuxis Hernández Solarte, could not be sworn in because he was arrested in April last year as part of an American-led undercover operation. A New York court indictment accuses him of conspiring to ship 10,000kg of cocaine to the United States. The Department of Justice has asked for his extradition.

Mr Santrich has put Colombia in a difficult position. The country signed an extradition treaty with the United States in 1979. But Mr Santrich is protected by the peace deal, which says FARC members can be extradited only if they committed a crime after December 1st 2016. President Ivan Duque, who was elected on a campaign pledge to modify the peace deal, wishes to extradite Mr Santrich. But his hands are tied. On May 15th the extradition was blocked by Colombia’s peace tribunal, known as the JEP, which investigates and judges members of the FARC and the armed forces for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The decision has pitched the JEP against the attorney-general, Néstor Humberto Martínez, who resigned in protest....