- The New York Times announces Michele M. Moody, the first woman and the first black dean of Columbia College, is resigning after two years in her position. Moody says she is leaving as a result of certain administrative changes that would “diminish or eliminate her authority.” Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, promises that an interim dean will be named soon.
- To everyone’s surprise, the sociology job market has taken a turn for the better. According to the American Sociological Association, assistant professor and open rank positions in sociology increased by 32% in 2010, reports Inside Higher Ed. Roberta Spalter-Roth, director of research at the association, says, “[T]he job market in sociology appears to have bottomed out and a recovery seems to have begun.”
- According to The Chronicle of Education, undergraduate business programs are increasingly making liberal arts an integral part of their programs. As such, The Chronicle interviewed Bentley University’s Dean, Daniel L. Everett, about the ways in which the university has successfully integrated business and liberal arts.
- US News gives readers a window into the criteria University of Rochester uses when dispensing merit-based scholarship. The paper examines how colleges decide who is deserving of these awards by looking at the amount of money given based on various award criteria.
- The Chronicle of Education announced that University of Southern California has launched its seven-year $6-billion fundraising campaign, the largest ever in higher education. USC hopes the campaign will help revive the school’s endowment, attract strong faculty and assist with capital projects. The campaign is off to a great start and has already raised $1 billion.
- The New York Times looks at a report published by the Pew Hispanic Center showing that Hispanics enrollment in college has risen 24% from 2009-2010. Currently, 1.8 million Hispanics are enrolled in US colleges, making Hispanics the largest minority group on American college campuses.
- The Chronicle of Education reports that due to tough economic times colleges’ tuition discount rates have increased over the past ten years. In 2000 the average tuition discount rates for all undergraduates was 33.6% and in 2010 it was 37.1%.
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