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It’s an intriguing question. When should a university be forced to return an endowment because it hasn’t been used for the designated purpose? A case in point is a $300,000 endowment established by Roger Lindmark, a 1974 graduate of St, John’s University in Collegeville, Minnes...

Extensive transfer of technology from university and nonprofit laboratories to the commercial sector is an increasingly common occurrence in the U.S. Widespread university activity in technology commercialization began only with the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980. This le...

Last week I read an article about why student evaluations of college instructors are not reliable and should not be used in performance evaluation decisions. The author claims, based on research, that student evaluations may be associated with the gender of the instructor. That...

Perhaps you’ve heard that a North Carolina Community College -- Stanly Community College – has decided to drop the “D” grade. Students will either be given a “C” grade,” which is most likely to happen, or given a “F” grade for the course. The reason for the move is too many stu...

George Mason University economist Bryan Caplan has created a firestorm by claiming a college education is a waste of time and money, and he suggests that ‘traditionalist’ education that prepares students for prestigious careers (i.e., author, historian, political scientist, phy...

I always believed the NCAA was relatively even-handed with its punishment of Penn State University in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. The football program scandal led to a $60 million fine, four-year postseason ban on participation in postseason play in football, a fou...

In case you are not aware, the recently passed tax reform bill is likely to have a huge effect on funding college sports including the elimination of a tax break that benefits major athletic programs. Currently, donations made to certain booster clubs or university general fund...

It was bound to happen sooner or later. The sexual harassment charges in Hollywood, the media, and Congress have now expanded to include college campuses. As a professor for more than 30 years, I can’t say I am surprised. The close relationship between student and professor can...

Cheating in college has reached epidemic proportions. Even though the rate of students who admit to cheating at least once in their college careers has held steadily around 75 percent since the first major survey on cheating in higher education in 1963, the ways in which cheati...

I just read about the University of Wisconsin-Madison's corporate partnerships that bring revenue for the institution but also raise ethical questions. One is example is Mentos. It conducted a campaign that challenged a student to hand out 43,000 packs of the company's gum in o...

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