May 16 higher ed news round-up

  • The Huffington Post asked several leading academic researchers to list the top 10 challenges facing American higher education. Among the concerns the experts raise are a devaluing of undergraduate education and a lack of diversity among the student body in higher ed.
  • “Under fire this week for an unusual deal that gives a billionaire donor control over some faculty positions, Florida State University President Eric J. Barron has insisted that his institution’s academic freedom has not been compromised.
    But internal FSU emails show that top academic officers who reviewed drafts of the 2008 agreement with the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation had precisely those concerns.” [Miami Herald]
  • Robotic exoskeleton helps paraplegic U. of California – Berkeley graduate walks across the stage at his commencement [Oakland Tribune]
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