Current Issues in Higher Education

Apr 30th, 2007 @ 9:55 am | Author: By Ellen-Earle Chaffee
A national news program allows viewers to vote for which of three potential future stories will be covered. In the same general spirit, I invite you to review the following topics and let me know if there is anything you would like to know more about. All of these stories arrived in an email service that scans the nation daily for items of interest to those of us in higher education. It is easy to see that the Virginia Tech tragedy continues to impact campus life and thought.

Admissions Dean at MIT Resigns, Ending a 28-Year Lie
Marilee Jones, the dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, admitted Thursday that she had fabricated her own educational credentials, and resigned after 28 years at MIT.

Some Colleges Notice More Students Seeking Mental-Health Counseling
In the week since the Virginia Tech shootings, some colleges have noticed that more students are seeking counseling services - people being more vigilant about warning signs and sufferers recognizing they need help sooner rather than later.

When a Students in Trouble, Should Parents Know?
Most parents want to know if their child has stalked a peer or stayed in a mental-health clinic or been watched for suicidal inclinations at college. Yet they may be among the last to be told of any concerns due to strict confidentiality laws.

Stalking 'Definitely a Problem' for Women at College
Allegations of stalking are common on college campuses, according to psychologists and police. A national survey, published in 2000, found that 13 percent of college women said they had been stalked in the previous seven months.

7 U of South Carolina Students Charged With Hazing
Seven Phi Beta Sigma fraternity members at the University of South Carolina have been charged with hazing and will face disciplinary proceedings, school and law enforcement officials said Thursday.

U of Iowa Further Restricts Smoking
Interim University of Iowa President Gary Fethke has approved recommendations that would further restrict smoking on the Iowa City campus. Nationwide, 41 college campuses have banned smoking both inside and outside.

Federal Judge Orders U of Wisconsin to Release Names in Music File-Sharing Case
A federal judge has ordered the University of Wisconsin-Madison to release the names of 53 students accused of music piracy.

Bomb Threat at Auburn U
On Thursday, a male caller phoned in a bomb threat to a 911 center saying there was a bomb in Haley Center on the Auburn University campus.

U of Cincinnati Student Held Over Massacre Threat
A University of Cincinnati student upset about a grade told an adviser that he would top the massacre at Virginia Tech, campus police said.

Terra Community College Has Emergency Shut Down
Terra Community College (Fremont, OH) was evacuated amid reports that a woman who had dropped her classes earlier in the day on Wednesday was suicidal and possibly returned to campus armed, police said.

Kansas Woman, 95, to Become Oldest College Graduate
Nola Ochs, 95, plans to graduate from Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS) next month as what is believed to be the world's oldest person to be awarded a college degree.