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Student Motivation with Don Fraser

Don Fraser is one of North America’s leading authorities on student success and retention. A professor at Durham College for the past 30 years, Don publishes the national best-seller Making Your Mark, which has sold over one million copies. Don has delivered student motivation seminars to over 17,000 college staff at various conferences and at over 300 colleges across North America. In this podcast Don talks about student motivation.

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Fired for Being Single and Pregnant?

A former assistant professor is suing Northwest Christian University, in Oregon, saying that she was fired for being pregnant outside of marriage, The Oregonian reported. The suit states that a dean told her that maintaining a non-marital relationship with the father would set a bad example students. When the professor said she would stay in the relationship without marriage, the university fired her, the suit charges. The university did not respond to a request for comment.

 

Engineering Deans Pledge to Promote Diversity

At Tuesday's "Demo Day," a White House event to promote entrepreneurship, more than 100 engineering deans issued a pledge to promote diversity efforts. Specifically the deans -- through the American Society for Engineering Education -- said that they would develop diversity plans for their institutions, create at least one K-12 or community college "pipeline activity" to attract a more diverse pool of students to their institutions, and promote partnerships with non-Ph.D. granting engineering colleges that serve groups that are under-represented in engineering.

 

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Western New England U Drops SAT/ACT Requirement

Western New England University has dropped its requirement that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. However, those applicants who opt not to submit test scores will be required to do an additional essay.

 

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Court: Iowa Must Bargain With Grad Union on Fee

The University of Iowa must negotiate with its graduate student employee union over the reimbursement of student fees, according to a district court. The Iowa District Court for Polk County upheld an earlier Public Employee Relations Board finding that the university must bargain with graduate teaching and research assistants over the reimbursement of such fees, which equal several hundred dollars or more annually, depending on one’s program. The Board of Regents for the State of Iowa had sought to overturn the board’s ruling, arguing that student fees should be exempt from mandatory bargaining as they pertain to union members’ student — not employee — status. But Judge Karen A. Romano ruled late last week that student fee reimbursements were supplemental pay, and therefore a mandatory bargaining topic in Iowa. Moreover, Romano wrote in her decision, that supplemental pay is “triggered” by union members' status as employees, not students. Ruth Bryant, a masters of fine arts student and a spokesperson for the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS), which is affiliated with the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, said the ruling “validates and strengthens” the union’s fight. Tom Moore, a spokesman for the university, said the Board of Regents was “evaluating the decision and considering its options.”

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Trustee Group Seeks to Define Board Member Duties

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges has published a 12-page statement outlining the fiduciary duty of college and university trustees.  

The statement, among other things, encourages boards not to act out of self interest, to create year-round recruitment programs to pool and vet governing board candidates, to offer orientation programs for new members and regularly assess how well board members are adhering to their fiduciary duties.

"Effective board members must be more than names on a masthead," reads the statement by AGB, a longstanding organization that provides guidance to governing board members. "They must be fully engaged. They must attend meetings, read and evaluate the materials, ask questions and get answers, honor confidentiality, avoid conflicts of interest, demonstrate loyalty, understand and uphold mission, and ensure legal and ethical compliance. Those who cannot do so must step down and allow others to take their place."

The statement comes in the midst of a handful of states considering required training programs for university trustees.

 

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