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Augustana College this week barred access to the social media app Yik Yak through the colleges wifi network, The Quad City Times reported. College officials put the app behind a firewall amid campus debate and a protest over posts on Yik Yak that many considered racist and offensive. Yik Yak has been criticized for the ease with which students can make anonymous racist posts, and has been the subject of protests on numerous campuses. Many colleges, however, have resisted efforts to ban the app, citing First Amendment concerns at public institutions (Augustana is private), and practical concerns, given that students have many ways to access the app without using campus networks. At Colgate University this month, faculty members bombarded the app with positive comments about students in attempt to reclaim the app from those using it in ways that hurt other students.
With draft "framework" of its college ratings plan, the Education Department offers a glimpse into its planning -- but provides far fewer details than many expected.
Career Education Corp. on Thursday said it plans to sell Le Cordon Bleu, a chain of 16 culinary campuses. The company, which is one of the largest publicly traded for-profits, said in a written statement that the planned sale would allow it to "reallocate funds across our portfolio." Le Cordon Bleu is one of Career Education's better-known brands. With a current enrollment of 10,100 students, the culinary schools brought in $178 million in total revenue last year.
A new version of a traditional course at the U. of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education trains soon-to-be higher education leaders with real-time problems.