This Week in College News: College President Resigns to Save Money

By Sam Coren Staff

Every week StudentAdvisor compiles the top stories in college news. Here are some of the biggest stories that made the headlines this week: 

sierra nevada collegeSierra Nevada College President resigns to save money.

With much concern about the rising costs of college tuition, the high compensation of school administrators such as college presidents is a hot topic of debate. But for one college in Nevada, this may no longer be an issue. After analyzing the financial situation of his school, Richard Rubsamen, President of Sierra Nevada College, has decided to throw in the towel. “I was tasked by the board with planning for financial sustainability in order to (ensure) the long term health of the college. It was clear to me where reductions had to occur. While the idea of leaving the college is very difficult, it is the right thing to do. I need to lead by example and practice what we teach,” explained Rubsamen in a statement released earlier this month.

Notre Dame tells Kansas high school to stop using Fighting Irish logo.

The students and administration in one Kansas high school are learning a tough lesson in copyright infringement. Chapman High School, which was nearly destroyed by a tornado in 2008, has been told by the University of Notre Dame to stop using the famous Fighting Irish logo. It’s a common occurrence for high schools to adopt popular professional and college sports mascot logos as their own without going through the official licensing steps. Chapman is currently running a contest to find a new a logo.

Indiana University study reveals non-traditional students can expect notable wage increase if they continue their studies.

A new study released by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington reveals that non-traditional college students (those over the age of 25) who continue their education past high school experience significant increases in earnings. According to the research findings, “those who enroll in postsecondary institutions when they are 25 years or older – earned $1,000 more in annual wages after attempting 25 to 36 college credit hours, compared to those who attempted fewer than 12 college credit hours.” The IU researchers have also pointed out that the amount of wage increase is also dependent on a student’s course of study. Those who pursue industrial arts and consumer service programs tend to experience the largest increase.


non traditional students wage gains
Courtesy of Indiana University.


Michigan Rep. John Conyers urges hearings on college sports.

After recent NCAA conference shakeups from Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Texas A&M at least one member of congress fed up. Michigan Rep. John Conyers is urging the House Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on antitrust in college sports. Conyers wants the committee examine other pressing issues in college sports as well. These include athletic scholarship limitations, the due process for athletes, the use of athletes’ likenesses in NCAA video games without compensation, and the costs to injured student athletes.


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