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  1. Getty to give $15 million to USF for new arts program

    08.23 / 23:07 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    Philanthropist Gordon Getty will give the University of San Francisco $15 million to establish a college for top students to study the arts, sciences and humanities, USF announced Wednesday. The gift is the school’s largest from an individual donor and is meant to inspire others to help the university meet its $35 million goal for the arts program, to be called the Honors College, that is expected to open in fall 2018. “Nearly half of Gordon’s gift will go …
  2. Oklahoma forward Kristian Doolittle suspended for academics

    08.23 / 23:07 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma forward Kristian Doolittle has been suspended from the university for the fall semester for failing to meet academic standards. Doolittle started 25 games last season and averaged 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season as the team went 11-20. Doolittle apologized Wednesday in a statement to his teammates, coaches, fans and the university. Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said Doolittle "made some poor decisions," and that the university would encourage him a…
  3. State says loan company mismanaged debt-forgiveness program

    08.23 / 21:57 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    BOSTON (AP) — One of the nation's largest student-loan companies is accused of mismanaging programs that offer debt forgiveness to public servants. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says problems at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency have caused financial harm to many teachers and other public servants. The agency oversees a federal program that forgives remaining student loans for public servants after they make 120 qualifying m…
  4. Louisiana on the hunt for new higher education commissioner

    08.23 / 21:57 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is searching for its next higher education commissioner. Joseph Rallo, in the position since January 2015, plans to retire in about nine months. The Board of Regents announced Wednesday that Rallo, whose contract ends in December, has agreed to stay until June while the board searches for a new commissioner. The board intends to hire a national firm to seek candidates for the job, which pays Rallo $364,000 a year. The commissioner oversees policy governing …
  5. Fired Gophers football coach defends leadership after report

    08.23 / 21:57 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former University of Minnesota football coach Tracy Claeys is defending himself after an outside review blamed "weak leadership" by the coaching staff for a threat by players to boycott the Holiday Bowl. Claeys wrote a commentary that appeared online Wednesday. The review released last week found the university followed law and policy properly when it suspended 10 players last fall following an accusation of sexual assault. Claeys backed the boycott, but players u…
  6. Connecticut Democrats propose sales tax increase

    08.23 / 20:52 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday proposed increasing the state sales tax to raise more than $660 million over two years to help curb potential cuts to education aid to cities and towns. Democratic House members released a two-year, nearly $39.9 billion budget plan that calls for raising the sales tax to 6.85 percent from 6.35 percent. The budget also includes a cigarette tax increase that would raise nearly $80 million over two years. A House vote on the …
  7. California lawmakers say CSU budget problems concerning

    08.23 / 20:52 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers expressed concern that California State University campuses can't fully justify spending on management staff after recent audits found systemic budgeting problems at state schools. Lawmakers made the remarks during a Wednesday hearing on an audit of CSU staffing and budget oversight. The April audit found campuses increased management staff numbers and compensation at a higher rate than for other employee groups including faculty. It also f…
  8. Ex-USC kicker Boermeester fights expulsion

    08.23 / 20:52 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former University of Southern California kicker Matt Boermeester has filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court in an effort to overturn his expulsion following a school investigation of allegations that he abused his girlfriend. Boermeester was suspended from the football team in January, the same month he kicked the winning field goal in the Trojans' Rose Bowl victory, and he was later expelled for violating a school order to stay away from his girlfriend, who has d…
  9. No. 22 West Virginia short on proven receivers

    08.23 / 19:48 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    West Virginia is jostling to get enough capable targets for quarterback Will Grier to throw to with the season opener less than two weeks away. With the top two wide receivers gone from last year's team and other problems cropping up, the Mountaineers are looking to Ka'Raun White to take over perhaps the same way his brother, current Chicago Bears receiver Kevin White, did in a big way in his senior season with West Virginia in 2014. No. 22 West Virginia is lacking depth entering the Sept.…
  10. School superintendents, mayors push for school funding fix

    08.23 / 19:48 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    CHICAGO (AP) — School superintendents from central and southern Illinois are pushing lawmakers to reach an agreement on overhauling the state's school funding formula. Several spoke in Springfield Wednesday, the day they were supposed to hold a Capitol rally. However, they canceled it when House Speaker Michael Madigan scrapped Wednesday's legislative session citing progress in legislative leaders' negotiations. Lawmakers from both parties agree the calculation Illinois uses is unfair. But …
  11. Ex-FBI Director James Comey to lecture at Howard University

    08.23 / 18:50 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    WASHINGTON (AP) — James Comey — the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump — will give a series of lectures at Howard University. The historically black college in the nation's capital says Comey will be the keynote speaker at the school's opening convocation Sept. 22 and "lead and conduct five lectures" during the academic year. The school's president, Wayne A.I. Frederick, says in a statement that he hopes Comey's lectures will "go a long way in sparking rich discussion and advan…
  12. Baylor settlements could signal trend of more to come

    08.23 / 18:50 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University's recent settlement of a high-profile federal lawsuit suggests the nation's largest Baptist school may be willing to reach more deals to help move past its sexual assault scandal. Federal lawsuits have piled up over the last year as the scandal mounted with allegations of a football program that acted above the rules and mishandling of sexual assault claims across the university. Baylor has settled two of the most high-profile cases within the last t…
  13. Few college students take Louisiana's campus climate survey

    08.23 / 18:50 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — So few college students are participating in Louisiana's annual survey on issues of violence and sexual assault that the state's top higher education board is suggesting the survey law should be changed. Louisiana conducted its second campus climate survey on public colleges statewide in spring 2017, and the response rate was 3.5 percent. The latest results were presented Wednesday to the Board of Regents. Regents staff warned that too few students participated to d…
  14. Lawsuit: School created culture of abuse and excessive force

    08.23 / 18:50 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    A civil rights lawsuit accuses a Pittsburgh-area school with a history of racial tension of creating a culture of verbal abuse and excessive force that allowed resource officers to shock students with stun guns and body slam them. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the guardians of five black former students of Woodland Hills High School. It says white administrators filed false charges to cover up abuse. In April, the Allegheny County district attorney said he was reviewing allegations…
  15. Indiana State University hopes to use state funds for arena

    08.23 / 17:56 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State University officials are hoping to use a $37.5 million state appropriation meant for a convention center project to renovate its basketball arena. The Tribune-Star reports the Legislature matched the funds for the convention center project in 2015. The city of Terre Haute, Vigo County and the Convention and Visitors Bureau partnered with the university to raise about $26.5 million. The over $10 million funding gap has spurred the u…
  16. Bob Murphy, longtime Stanford sports announcer, dies

    08.23 / 16:55 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Bob Murphy, who was the voice of Stanford sports for more than four decades, has died. He was 86. Murphy died Tuesday in Santa Cruz of complications from Alzheimer's. He had suffered from the disease for several years, Stanford University said in a statement. Murphy was a color analyst for Stanford football and basketball from 1964-2007 and brought a folksy style that created a sense of community, weaving in stories of Stanford professors, locker room speeches, a…
  17. Family foundation commits $7M to Iowa State business school

    08.23 / 16:55 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    AMES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a family foundation has committed $7 million to add classroom and other space for the Iowa State University College of Business in Ames. The university says the Gerdin Charitable Foundation gift will help build an approximately 35,000-square-foot (3,251 square meters) addition to the existing Gerdin Business Building. Business dean David Spalding says the college has experienced a 30 percent increase in enrollment since August 2013, which has led to the h…
  18. Officials: SW Idaho high school football field will be ready

    08.23 / 15:54 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    EAGLE, Idaho (AP) — Officials in southwestern Idaho say a high school football field that had construction delays will be ready for Friday's home opener. The West Ada School District tells the Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/2wnBm4x) that the $600,000 field at Eagle High School will be ready for the team's game against defending state champion Mountain View. A company called Sprinturf delayed installing artificial turf amid concerns the gravel base supporting the field was too s…
  19. Flint scholarship plan gets $2M from Pistons owner, utility

    08.23 / 15:54 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and a Michigan utility's foundation are each committing $1 million to help fund college scholarships in Flint in the wake of the city's water crisis. The $2 million in combined pledges announced Wednesday aim to create a "Flint Promise," starting with students graduating next spring. It's not clear how much has been raised, though Gov. Rick Snyder's administration previously had a $5 million goal. Gores, a Flint native, says "every s…
  20. US investigates sexual misconduct claims at 5 Utah colleges

    08.23 / 15:54 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Education
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Five of Utah's 10 largest colleges are under federal investigation into the handling of various sexual misconduct claims. The Salt Lake Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2xs8zJ8 ) Tuesday that Utah Valley University joined the four other schools being investigated earlier this month. The other schools are Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Westminster College and Dixie State University. Dixie State is being investigated for accusations that it mishandled a s…