Entries in On Campus by Kirk Carapezza
Harvard says it will bargain with a new union representing graduate students, diverging from other prestigious colleges that have refused to enter contract negotiations. Harvard President Drew Faust says the university will negotiate with teaching and research assistants who voted last month to form a union.
The state’s Board of Higher Education meets Tuesday to discuss the future of students at Mount Ida College, the liberal arts college in Newton set to close at the end of the month. Education officials are debating whether to help students and their parents identify colleges that are in financial trouble.
By 2020, more than five million post-9/11 military members are expected to transition to civilian life. Many will go back to college, hoping to earn a degree as adult learners. Today, only 4 percent of undergraduates in this country are veterans. To engage them, Vermont's flagship campus is turning to an unlikely, ancient Greek source: Homer.
A proposed merger between two small colleges in Newton is off the table. Lasell College has ended talks of merging with another struggling school, Mount Ida. The dead deal reflects how hard it is for small colleges to stay afloat in a competitive higher education marketplace.