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Trump Slams 'Radical Left' Schools, Adds a Threat

He says he's ordering Treasury Department to review their tax-exempt status

(Newser) - President Trump continued his criticism of US schools Friday as liberally biased and added a threat to remove their tax-exempt status. "Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education," he tweeted . Trump said he has ordered the Treasury Department to review their tax-exempt... More »

College Probes Professor After 'Black Privilege' Remarks

University of Central Florida looking into complaints of bias against Charles Negy

(Newser) - A longtime tenured psychology professor at the University of Central Florida is under fire after a series of online posts. Per the New York Times , Negy, who has written a book about "white Americans under siege," recently put up multiple tweets that he acknowledged "will infuriate folks.... More »

Campuses Can Reopen in Fall With 3 Abiding Principles

Test, trace, and separate, writes Brown's president

(Newser) - Last week came a warning that the coronavirus pandemic poses an "existential threat" to US colleges and universities. It's no exaggeration, writes Brown President Christina Paxson in a New York Times op-ed. If colleges cannot reopen in the fall, "it's not a question of whether institutions... More »

Colleges Face 'Existential Threat'

Coronavirus is huge trouble for universities large and small

(Newser) - "The math is not pretty." That's the understated assessment of a Seton Hall expert to NPR on the financial toll the coronavirus is taking on colleges and universities across the nation. And the pain isn't expected to end anytime soon as students remain home and take... More »

Trump Demands Harvard Pay Back $8.6M

University says $8.6M in relief was no loan

(Newser) - Harvard says it has no intention of paying back nearly $9 million in coronavirus relief aid, despite President Trump's demand it do so. During Tuesday's coronavirus briefing, Trump said the world's wealthiest university, with an endowment fund of $40 billion, should pay back $8.6 million it... More »

Liberty University Accused of Profiting Off Pandemic

Student sues in effort to have fees refunded

(Newser) - A new lawsuit accuses Liberty University of profiting off the coronavirus pandemic by offering reduced services while refusing to refund student fees. The class-action suit—filed Monday by "Student A," who opted for anonymity "out of fear of retaliation and harassment"—claims Liberty allowed students to... More »

The SAT Is Canceled

Testing organizations cancel, delay college admissions tests

(Newser) - Spring dates for college admissions tests are being rescheduled or postponed amid concerns about the coronavirus, while high school seniors may be allowed to take Advanced Placement exams to earn college credit from home, the AP reports. Details:
  • The groups that give both the ACT and SAT tests announced Monday
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Tenn. University Finds 'It's OK to Be White' Signs

Signs cover memorial for first African-American students at East Tennessee State University

(Newser) - East Tennessee State University is the latest college campus hit by a white supremacist campaign started by an internet group. "I am disgusted by this act," Brian Noland, university president, says in a statement cited by NBC News . That act: signs proclaiming "It's OK to be... More »

UA Is Now UArizona, Because SEO

University of Arizona changes its abbreviation so it will show up higher on web searches

(Newser) - The University of Arizona has announced it is changing its abbreviation from UA to UArizona in an effort to increase search engine optimization results for the college, the AP reports. The Tucson-based college in a statement Monday said the change would help distinguish the school from other national and international... More »

This Is the Best US University for 2020

WalletHub ranks more than 1K institutions of higher education

(Newser) - Tuition, room, and board at a four-year college will cost you, on average, $21,000 to $48,000 per year in the US—so you definitely want to make sure you're getting a good value for your money. On that note, WalletHub is out with its annual ranking of... More »

FBI Warns Colleges About Chinese Students

US authorities worry about the wholesale theft of technology and trade secrets

(Newser) - As the US warned allies around the world that Chinese tech giant Huawei was a security threat, the FBI was making the same point quietly to a Midwestern university. In an email to the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, an agent wanted to know if... More »

University to All Frats: Stop Everything. Now.

Ohio University issues suspension amid widespread allegations

(Newser) - Ohio University didn't just suspend one or two fraternities—it suspended all of them, Fox News reports. The university announced the move against 15 fraternities Thursday amid widespread claims of frat hazing. "These troubling allegations, which will be thoroughly investigated, indicate a potentially escalating systemic culture within our... More »

New Mexico Just Went 'Bold' on College

With legislative approval, tuition will be free at all state schools for everyone, regardless of income

(Newser) - A good number of US states are already on board with offering free tuition at state schools to students who financially qualify, but one state just put forward what Slate calls a "bold plan" that surpasses the others. The New York Times reports that New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan... More »

2020 College Rankings Are Out

Princeton and Williams rule their respective categories at 'US News,' again

(Newser) - US News & World Report is out with its annual, and controversial, rankings of American colleges. The magazine has various categories, but the two big ones are national universities and liberal arts colleges. Princeton takes top honors in the first category for the ninth straight year and Williams College... More »

Another College Admissions Scandal Is Exposed

Wealthy parents using loophole to nab financial aid for kids

(Newser) - There looks to be another college admissions scandal brewing. The Education Department and several universities are looking into reports of wealthy parents transferring legal guardianship of their children to friends or relatives so that only the children's earnings are considered on financial aid applications, reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

8 Injured After 2 Blasts Rock College Dorm

Dormitory partially collapses after pair of explosions at University of Nevada, Reno

(Newser) - Classes were canceled Friday at the Reno campus of the University of Nevada after a pair of back-to-back blasts injured eight and left a dorm partially collapsed. Fox News reports that authorities are eyeing a mechanical failure inside Argenta Hall as a possible cause of the explosions, with some of... More »

Cops: Ex-Students Use Bat to Put Duck 'Out of Its Misery'

19-year-olds charged with aggravated animal cruelty in Alabama

(Newser) - Former student baseball players at an Alabama community college are accused of pulling a duck from a campus pond and beating it with a bat. Following a party, Thomas "Landon" Grant and Jacob Frye allegedly beat the white Muscovy duck found on the campus of Central Alabama Community College... More »

Court: Prof Who Had Sex With Students Must Be Reinstated

Bloomsburg University's John Barrett found not to have violated school policy

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled a fired university professor who had sex with two students should be reinstated because he didn't break school rules. The Commonwealth Court upheld a June 2018 decision by an arbitrator to reinstate Bloomsburg University assistant professor John Barrett with full benefits and back... More »

Report: Ohio State Leaders Knew About 'Dr. Jelly Paws'

School expresses 'profound regret' on report about Richard Strauss' sexual abuse of 177-plus students

(Newser) - An Ohio State University team doctor who died years ago sexually abused at least 177 students over a period of decades so wantonly that students described his examinations as hazing—and their coaches, trainers, other team doctors, and school leaders knew about it, per an investigative report released Friday. The... More »

After Mention of 'Rape Attic,' 2 Frat Chapters Close

Phi Psi members 'appalled and disgusted' by leaked minutes

(Newser) - Two fraternity chapters at Swarthmore College are no more after leaked documents revealed hazing; homophobic, racist and misogynistic language; and references to a "rape attic." Phi Psi, whose 117-page "Phi Psi Historical Archive" was leaked to student-run publications at the private Pennsylvania liberal arts college, and neighboring... More »

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