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Chancellor of City College of San Francisco resigns amid continuing budget woes

3/30/20
By: American School & University

City College of San Francisco Chancellor Mark Rocha has resigned days after being placed on paid administrative leave amid the college's years-long budget crisis.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Rocha's resignation comes after Board of Trustees officials said last week that the reason for his administrative leave was a confidential personnel matter.



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Equity Audits Should Be Commonplace

3/25/20
By: Inside Higher Ed

We have long known that a college education is important in gaining skills for stable, well-paying jobs and developing a workforce. We have also long known about the disparities in outcomes of college students from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. Those educational inequalities affect long-term wage earnings and employment, and they go against the fundamental promise colleges make to prepare every student for future success.

But there is a tool to identify and address these inequality issues that has been rarely talked about on campuses: equity audits. We need more of our colleges and universities to do them.



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University of California’s admissions for ‘special talent’ and ‘exception’ are magnets for fraud, audit finds

3/23/20
By: The College Fix

The Varsity Blues admissions scandal was not the end of problems in the University of California’s admissions system.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a new internal audit revealed many avenues for admissions fraud among the system’s campuses, particularly for purported athletes and for students from “unusual backgrounds.”



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Audit: LSU lacks written policies covering $4.9M in administrative allowances

3/23/20
By: Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

In a report released today, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor found LSU did not have written policies for the use of administrative allowances, which are given as additional salary to employees for extra duties outside the scope of their normal job duties.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, administrative allowances totalled $4.9 million, according to the report.  Additionally, the application of administrative allowances across departments and campuses was inconsistent. 



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University of Texas President Vistasp Karbhari Resigns Amid Reports of a Probe Into an Admissions Scandal

3/22/20
By: India New England News

Hailed as a visionary in many academic journals, Vistasp Karbhari, the Indian-American President of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), has resigned amid reports of a probe into an admissions scandal, a media report said.

The sudden resignation on Friday of Karbhari, a civil engineer who has served as the institute’s president since 2013, came as a surprise to staff and students, said the American Bazaar report on Saturday.



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University of Utah Health says some patients' data compromised in ‘phishing’ security breach

3/21/20
By: KSL.com

Some University of Utah Health patients’ personal medical data, including medical record numbers, dates of birth and limited clinical information, was hacked after employee emails were compromised, the hospital said on Friday night.

Officials said as of Friday, there was no indication patient information had been misused.



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Judge says Syracuse may have ignored its own evidence standard to judge student a rapist

3/20/20
By: The College Fix

Syracuse University plausibly employed a “result-driven” process in a sexual misconduct proceeding to find a male student guilty, a federal judge ruled last month, denying the university’s motion to dismiss the expelled student’s lawsuit.

“John Doe” alleged that Syracuse violated Title IX and the New York constitution’s due process clause, and committed breach of contract, negligence and gross negligence in the Title IX proceeding against him.



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Florida auditor general recommends UWF return $2.4 million in admin fees it claimed without 'legal authority'

3/19/20
By: Pensacola News Journal

A new report from the Florida auditor general says the University of West Florida withdrew nearly $2.4 million from a state program fund "without apparent legal authority" to do so.

UWF manages the Complete Florida Plus Program, a statewide suite of library services, distance learning courses and degree programs meant to help adult learners finish college. UWF is entitled to a flat fee of 5% from the program's budget to cover administrative overhead like salaries, accounting and legal services. 



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Coronavirus phishing scam targets university students, staff

3/18/20
By: edscoop

A new phishing email campaign targeting college students and staff to capture log-in credential and infect computers with malware is taking advantage the coronavirus pandemic to appear more legitimate to its targets.

This campaign is part of a growing trend of hackers exploiting fears about the novel coronavirus, including government-backed hackers using coronavirus-themed messages to spread spyware and deliver malicious files. The San Francisco-based software company Abnormal Security published an advisory on its website last Friday noting that attackers are using the fact that students and staff are “likely highly attuned to any news about a university’s response to the outbreak, and thus are more likely to engage with an email about it.”



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Audit finds troubling errors in UC admissions, in wake of Varsity Blues scandal

3/18/20
By: San Francisco Chronicle

At the University of California, one campus admitted an applicant to a coveted slot for top athletes who then never appeared on the team roster after enrolling. Another campus accepted a homespun computer printout as proof of an applicant’s equestrian talents. A third inexplicably let an applicant use his musical track record as proof that he’d won a science award.



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