PopMuse: Educational Sector http://popmu.se Musings of stuff en-us Copyright 2007-2020 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Universities, archdiocese named in lawsuit over Katrina aid https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Universities-archdiocese-named-in-lawsuit-over-15315506.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Universities-archdiocese-named-in-lawsuit-over-15315506.php Wed, 03 Jun 2020 23:18:25 UTC By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press at Education News from SFGate NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two New Orleans universities, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and a government contractor are defendants in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging fraud involving more than $100 million in Hurricane Katrina aid. The 2016 federal lawsuit was unsealed Wednesday by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans. Katrina struck in 2005, causing extensive damage in Mississippi and Louisiana. Federal court records show one defendant, Xavier University, has reached a settlement. An attorney for the university confirmed that the settlement included a payment of $12 million. The suit alleges that false claims resulted in millions of dollars for projects at Xavier and Dillard universities, and for an archdiocese school. The lawsuit was filed by an employee of the contractor, AECOM. The company denied wrongdoing and vowed to “vigorously defend” the work it did after the storm. The U.S. Justice Department joined the suit last week. "It’s disappointing that 15 years after Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Government wants to claw back funds from educational institutions that endured so much damage from the impact of the storm," the contractor's statement said. “AECOM deployed immediately to New Orleans after the hurricane in 2005 and worked side-by-side with its residents and institutions to help rebuild the city and get students back into school.” The archdiocese, which has filed for bankruptcy reorganization amid numerous lawsuits involving sexual abuse by priests, also denied wrongdoing and noted that the suit was filed more than a decade after the storm. “Every dollar of FEMA funds received has gone back into the restoration of parish, school, and other properties to serve the people of the Greater New Orleans community,” a statement from the... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ A Call For The College Board To Oust David Coleman https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2020/06/03/a-call-for-the-college-board-to-oust-david-coleman/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2020/06/03/a-call-for-the-college-board-to-oust-david-coleman/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 21:54:37 UTC Peter Greene, Senior Contributor at Forbes - Education When David Coleman joined the College Board as CEO and President in 2012, it must have seemed like a natural step forward. It has not worked out well. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Crime, Protest and a Revolutionary Era https://academeblog.org/2020/06/03/crime-protest-and-a-revolutionary-era/ https://academeblog.org/2020/06/03/crime-protest-and-a-revolutionary-era/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 21:18:57 UTC Hank Reichman at ACADEME BLOG BY HANK REICHMAN Yesterday I posted to this blog a piece that compared the current protests against police violence with the urban rebellions of prior years, especially the 1960s.� In it I wrote that “the looting, arson, and window-smashing that have marred the overwhelmingly peaceful protests . . . may have been carried out by… http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ We Invite Posts about Racism, Anti-Racism, the Pandemic, and Higher Education https://academeblog.org/2020/06/03/we-invite-posts-about-racism-anti-racism-the-pandemic-and-higher-education/ https://academeblog.org/2020/06/03/we-invite-posts-about-racism-anti-racism-the-pandemic-and-higher-education/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 21:09:51 UTC Kelly Hand at ACADEME BLOG BY KELLY HAND Over the past few months, Academe Blog has published many posts—by contributing editors, other regular bloggers, and guest bloggers—about the pandemic and its impact on higher education. Our collective preoccupation with this topic is not surprising, since we all live with the daily consequences of the pandemic, even as it has become… http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ In Wake Of George Floyd Killing, Presidents Of Elite Colleges Decry Racism. Good, Now Admit More Black Students. https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2020/06/02/in-wake-of-george-floyd-killing-presidents-of-elite-colleges-decry-racism-good-now-admit-more-black-students/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltnietzel/2020/06/02/in-wake-of-george-floyd-killing-presidents-of-elite-colleges-decry-racism-good-now-admit-more-black-students/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:53:36 UTC Michael T. Nietzel, Senior Contributor at Forbes - Education Strong public messages voiced by high-profile college officials about the importance of racial justice and the dangers of racial oppression are to be encouraged. But so too would be admission and financial aid policies that increased black students’ access to the institutions these officials lead. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Study: College sports trail pro leagues in diversity hiring https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Study-College-sports-trail-pro-leagues-in-15314822.php https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Study-College-sports-trail-pro-leagues-in-15314822.php Wed, 03 Jun 2020 20:52:32 UTC By AARON BEARD, AP Sports Writer at Education News from SFGate A diversity report for racial and gender hiring across college sports found overall improvement yet still reported grades lagging behind the professional ranks. Wednesday’s report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida assigned an overall C-plus score, a B for racial hiring and a C-plus for gender hiring. The report examined a range of positions including leadership at the NCAA headquarters, conference commissioners and head coaches based on data from the 2018-19 season. The numeric scores in each category were the highest since researchers revised the grading scale for the 2015-16 report to account for changing national demographics. But lead report author and institute director Richard Lapchick noted in the report that the grades trailed those of professional leagues reviewed in other TIDES studies such as the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and WNBA. “When you see those numbers for athletic directors, associate athletic directors across all three divisions, head coaches of men’s teams, head coaches of women’s teams – those are the positions you tend to look at most in terms of leadership positions in college athletics,” Lapchick said in an interview with The Associated Press. “The whiteness of those positions is striking and has remained striking. “I mean, it’s better than it was when we started doing it. But it’s not overwhelmingly better.” The study reported that 85% of head coaches in men’s Division I sports were white, with that figure increasing in Division II (86.9%) and Division III (91.1%). Those numbers were similar on the women’s side at 83.2% in Division I, 85.5% in Division II and 91.2% in Division III. The figures for Division I men’s basketball offered a more specific example, with blacks filling 23.6% of... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ After racial tension, Lee's Summit elects black board member https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/After-racial-tension-Lee-s-Summit-elects-black-15314653.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/After-racial-tension-Lee-s-Summit-elects-black-15314653.php Wed, 03 Jun 2020 18:18:30 UTC Education News from SFGate LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City suburb that had divided by racial tension has elected the school district's first black school board member, giving her the most votes out of nine candidates. Megan Marshall, a retired Marine, was elected Tuesday to the Lee's Summit School Board with 21% of the vote, according to unofficial results, The Kansas City Star reported. The vote comes nearly a year after the largely-white district's first black superintendent, Dennis Carpenter, resigned in response to months of conflict with the board over his efforts to promote racial equity training in the district. The situation became so tense that at one point Carpenter was given police protection because of threats he received. The school board at first approved implementing Carpenter's equity plan but under pressure from many parents, rejected two attempts to hire a firm to lead the training. Marshall has two children attending Lee Summit schools and one who graduated last year. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ School official will get training after criticizing Floyd https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/School-official-will-get-training-after-15313859.php https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/School-official-will-get-training-after-15313859.php Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:08:09 UTC Education News from SFGate GRAND LEDGE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan school superintendent said he'll get diversity training after partly blaming George Floyd for his fatal encounter with police. Brian Metcalf, leader of the Grand Ledge school district, said on Facebook that Floyd's death in Minneapolis was “wrong.” But he also said “it all starts with being a law abiding citizen,” and that Floyd was suspected of using counterfeit money. “I am deeply sorry for the statement that I posted,” Metcalf said Tuesday. “As the leader of a school district that seeks to encourage diversity and be welcoming to all, my words fell far short." The school board said it was deeply concerned about Metcalf's social media post but won't fire him. “There is no place for it among the leaders in Grand Ledge schools, who are expected to value diversity and inclusion,” the board said. “However, we do not believe the statement reflects his capability to learn and grow from this matter. Superintendent Metcalf has apologized and informed the board that he will be taking sensitivity training." The Grand Ledge district is west of Lansing. About 40 people protested at the district's headquarters on Monday. Floyd, who was black and handcuffed, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer used his knee to pin down Floyd's neck for several minutes while Floyd gasped for air and eventually stopped moving. Police were arresting Floyd on a charge of suspicion of having passed a counterfeit bill. A parent, Matt Newburg, said he doesn't think the school board is doing enough. “This guy is deciding to save himself by attending a class. If he doesn’t understand in his position and at his age that it was extremely offensive, a class isn’t going to fix it," Newburg told the Lansing State Journal. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ Temple's Patrick Kraft hired as Boston College AD https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/AP-Source-Temple-s-Patrick-Kraft-next-Boston-15313660.php https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/AP-Source-Temple-s-Patrick-Kraft-next-Boston-15313660.php Wed, 03 Jun 2020 16:03:46 UTC By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer at Education News from SFGate Boston College hired Patrick Kraft as its new athletic director on Wednesday, bringing in the former Temple AD to replace Martin Jarmond a month after he left for UCLA. BC hopes the new hire can shore up a program that has struggled to gain attention in a region dominated by its professional sports teams. Under Jarmond, who was in Chestnut Hill for just three years, the school opened a new football fieldhouse and upgraded other facilities but attendance for its revenue sports languished; the football team remained perpetually stuck at seven wins and the basketball team hasn’t reached the NCAA Tournament since 2009. “Pat understands intercollegiate athletics today,” said the Rev. William Leahy, Boston College’s president. “He brings with him obvious passion, and a desire to be a part of the BC community. I look forward to working with him.” A former Indiana football player, the 43-year-old Kraft started at Temple as the deputy AD in 2013 before being promoted to lead the department in 2015. He is a member of the NCAA Football Oversight and Football Competition committees. “The core values of Boston College are in alignment with how I live my life and how I approach my job, creating world-class experiences for student-athletes with the utmost of integrity, character, faith and love,” Kraft, said in a statement. “We will compete for championships, we will continue to graduate young men and women who will go on to change the world, and we will represent BC with pride.” Under Kraft, Temple football has had one of its longest runs of sustained success despite changing head coaches three times, reaching a bowl game for five straight years for the first time in school history and winning the 2016 American Athletics Conference championship. The men's basketball team also won the conference title in 2016,... http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ For High School Grads During COVID-19, Gap Year Takes On A Whole New Meaning https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/06/03/for-high-school-grads-during-covid-19-gap-year-takes-on-a-whole-new-meaning/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/06/03/for-high-school-grads-during-covid-19-gap-year-takes-on-a-whole-new-meaning/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:45:15 UTC Kelly Anne Smith, Forbes Staff at Forbes - Education Taking a gap year can be attractive option for high school grads. How is COVID-19 affecting this decision for the Class of 2020? http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/