Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Interesting things in education news today September 25, 2013

This one is a continuing story from yesterday’s blob:
“Can a President Be His Own Whistleblower?”
“Evan Dobelle, president of Westfield State University, is under fire for what Massachusetts officials consider to be extravagant or inappropriate spending. The Republican quoted sources saying that Dobelle is exploring the idea of using the state's whistleblower protection law to protect himself. The theory is that since he self-reported some of the questionable spending, he is a whistleblower. A spokeswoman for the university said she didn't know of any legal strategy being considered. But the newspaper noted that Dobelle has of late been telling people "I self-reported."”

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Some good news:
“MBA Applications On the Rise”
“Applications to American M.B.A. programs are again on the rise, according to a report by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Of full-time programs, 52 percent are reporting an application increase in the last year -- the first time since 2009 that a majority of programs were reporting increases. The increases appear to depend on foreign applicants: 56 percent of programs reported an increase from abroad, while 59 percent reported declines in applicants from the U.S.”

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Last, the saga of San Francisco City College:
“Faculty Union Sues to Block Sanctions Against City College of San Francisco”
“The California Federation of Teachers on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges from revoking the City College of San Francisco’s accreditation next year. The city attorney of San Francisco filed a similar suit last month, but the union’s lawyer said the new suit hits the commission with accusations that go beyond what was alleged in the city’s complaint”.
“The union asserted that, among other things, the commission was biased by conflicts of interest. It also accused the commission of voting to revoke the college’s accreditation earlier than its own policy allowed. The federation was joined in the suit by the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which represents City College faculty members”.
“The commission itself came under fire last month, when the U.S. Department of Education warned it that it was out of compliance with several federal regulations, saying that it could face its own sanctions if the problems were not fixed within a year”.
That’s all for now folks!
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

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