Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education is cited for thoughts on the UNCF receiving money from the Koch brothers.
Penn Daily News Service | Jul 22, 2014
Penn in the News
Brian Daniels of the Penn Museum talks about the Heritage Task Force training Syrians to protect artifacts.
William Burke-White of the Law School and Perry World House discusses the geopolitical impact of the crash.
Richard Doty of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on research about the sense of smell and age.
Kevin Platt of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about the Russian media’s role in covering the Malaysian flight tragedy.
David Mandell of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on budgeting for child-care costs for children with autism.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
The California State University System is replacing its distance education portal with a shared services model less than two years after its launch, as the system’s campuses decide they would rather do the work on their own. The system founded Cal State Online in 2012 in response to dual concerns. Its crowded campuses were turning away tens of thousands of qualified applicants each year, and while many of the campuses already offered online courses and degrees, the system lacked an overarching strategy on distance education. Meanwhile, some administrators were nervously watching institutions such as Penn State University and the University of Massachusetts, which had already established online divisions.
A group of Eastern University alumni has called on the president of the school to remove his signature from a letter urging President Obama to exempt religious institutions from an order that bans discrimination based on sexual identity. Robert Duffett, president of the Christian university in St. Davids, says Eastern does not discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students or employees. He signed the petition, he says, because the school supports the separation of church and state. "This means no government has the right to determine theological views and practices of religious institutions," Duffett wrote in an e-mail to alumni, employees, and students who objected to his signature.
With a new school year approaching, administrators, students and alumni at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York are grappling with questions raised by a New York Times article examining the school’s handling of a sexual assault complaint filed by a female student last fall. In a broad show of support for the student, known publicly only as Anna, students and alumni last week organized meetings, issued policy statements, set up a Facebook page, collected 3,000 signatures through an online petition, and met with the school’s president to discuss ways to improve the administration’s handling of sexual assaults. The president, Mark D. Gearan, said the school was re-evaluating its sexual assault policies, a process begun during the last school year. In a letter to the Hobart and William Smith community, he called his meetings with students over the last week inspiring. “We have a moment of opportunity before us to make a difference in our community,” he wrote.
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