Christopher Aadland


Social media tests limits of academic freedom

When a Big Ten university took back a professor’s job offer last month due to his controversial Twitter posts, it sparked a national debate about the freedom of academic expression and speech on social media. Academics across the nation — including one at the University of Minnesota — are rallying in defense of professor Stephen Salaita, after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign withdrew its offer of a tenured position because of Salaita’s tweets about the conflict in Gaza.

Credits from for-profits may not transfer

A lawsuit filed against two for-profit colleges has highlighted the pitfalls of transferring credits from those types of schools to their nonprofit counterparts. This summer, the Minnesota Attorney General’s office sued Minnesota-based for-profit college Globe University and its sister college, the Minnesota School of Business, alleging that the schools used aggressive recruiting tactics and misled students about the transferability of credits.

Recovery House put on hold

Despite promises to welcome University of Minnesota students recovering from alcohol addiction into a sober Living Learning Community this fall, a shortage of applications to live there means those students will have to wait. Though the Recovery House’s prolonged opening date came as a setback for some students who say the University campus could be more sober-friendly, the school says it’s boosting efforts to provide those resources. In addition, student organizers still hope to make the house, which was previously set to open in Middlebrook Hall, a reality.