Higher Education News From Around The Web

Here are the latest stories from higher education blogs around the web:
 

BY AARON BARLOW What do you think of when someone says, “college student”? Probably a white kid, well spoken, from an upper-middle-class professional family—especially if that is your own background and was your own college experience. This was David Brooks' experience. Yale, Duke and the University of Chicago are the campuses he knows and, very… (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

BY HANK REICHMAN Besieged Trinity College professor Johnny Eric Williams yesterday issued a statement apologizing for his use of a controversial hashtag on a Facebook post, even as he remained in hiding out of fear of death threats made against him and his family. Those threats, as I reported Wednesday, compelled Trinity to shut down… (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Plaintiffs' Counsel Announce $115 Million Proposed Class Action Settlement in Anthem Data Breach LitigationJune 23, 2017 03:02 PM Eastern Daylight TimeSAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A proposed settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit over the 2015 cyberattack of health insurer Anthem, Inc., involving the theft of the personal information of 78.8 million people. The $115 million settlement, if approved by the Court, will be the largest data breach settlement in history. Attorneys from Altshuler Berzon, Cohen Milstein, Girard Gibbs and Lieff Cabraser were court-appointed to lead the representation of the plaintiffs in the litigation.The proposed settlement provides for Anthem to (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

BY HANK REICHMAN Already reeling from the lengthy and damaging, though ultimately successful, campaign to retain the community college's accreditation, faculty, students, and community supporters at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) may now face a new challenge. Yesterday, the college's trustees approved a $310,500 contract for new Chancellor Mark Rocha, despite objections from dozens… (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

UCD outlines free-speech policyBy Kimberly Hale | June 23, 2017 | Davis EnterpriseCollege campuses across the country are struggling with disagreements about how to allow freedom of expression on campus while maintaining safety for the speakers and participants. As a public university and one that has faced this issue over the past year, UC Davis has made this topic a priority.Earlier this year, UC Davis Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter convened a working group composed of faculty, staff and students. He charged them with considering how the campus can ensure freedom of expression, personal safety and security of campus facilities (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

By JOERG TIEDE The following petition is being circulated by the AAUP. Sign to stand against threats and harassment. We are dismayed that another faculty member, John Eric Williams of Trinity College, has become the target of a flood of threats following reports about his social media postings by the right-wing media outlet Campus Reform. In… (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

BY MICHAEL C. BEHRENT Interviewer Michael C. Behrent of Appalachian State University is vice president of the AAUP's North Carolina state conference. Several months ago, something strange happened to Jay Smith, a tenured professor in UNC-Chapel Hill's History Department: he found out that his dean made his chair cancel a class he had been scheduled… (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Academe Blog

 

Although UC employees are not under CalPERS, at one time when CalPERS began offering long-term care policies, UC employees were invited to take out the insurance. Long-term care is offered by various commercial insurance companies. But the problem is that a subscriber is inherently trusting such firms - many years in the future - to do right by them when they are not in a position to ensure compliance. The fact that CalPERS would be the offerer seemed to resolve that problem and a significant number of older UC employees subscribed. But then CalPERS substantially jacked up the premiums. Was (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

CALIFORNIA TRAVEL BAN EXTENDED TO FOUR MORE STATES OVER ANTI-LGBT LAWSNewsweek 6-23-17California has expanded the scope of a travel ban that took effect in January to include states that have laws discriminating against LGBTQ people.The ban forbids state-funded travel to states that, since June 26, 2015, have enacted laws discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.California Attorney General Xavier Becerra added four more states to the travel ban on Thursday—Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas—doubling the number of the blacklisted states initially included in the legislation.California's AB 1887 legislation was signed into (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: UCLA Faculty Association

 

A group of private liberal arts colleges reassesses its mission and decides to change its focus. (Read more...)
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Source: Inside Higher Ed News