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This week in higher ed: April 24, 2013

University News Editor
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Princeton’s provost to succeed Tilghman as president

Princeton Provost Christopher Eisgruber will take office July 1 as the university’s 20th president, presidential search committee leaders announced Sunday.

Eisgruber, who has served as the school’s provost for nearly nine years, will succeed Shirley Tilghman, who is retiring after 12 years as Princeton’s first female president.

Eisgruber is a leader who “cares passionately about teaching and research of the highest quality,” said Kathryn Hall, board of trustees and search committee chair, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

Also a professor of public affairs at Princeton, Eisgruber received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the university in 1983, studied at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar and worked as a law clerk for then-U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. As a constitutional scholar, Eisgruber taught at New York University Law School and is now a member of the academic advisory board of Coursera, the massive open online course site.

“As an undergraduate, faculty member and provost, I have developed a heartfelt appreciation for Princeton’s distinctive mission as a great research university with an unmatched commitment to liberal arts education,” Eisgruber said, adding that he believes Tilghman’s presidency has made the university “more vibrant, energetic and inclusive than ever,” the Chronicle reported.


Columbia moves toward creating honor code

The Columbia College Student Council voted Sunday to endorse the creation of an honor code to bolster academic integrity among undergraduates, the Columbia Daily Spectator reported Monday.

The council’s resolution, which stated that Columbia is the only Ivy League institution other than Harvard without an honor code, called for the code’s establishment in light of a “significant rise in reported cases of academic dishonesty in recent years.” If enacted, the new policy would force all incoming undergraduates to recite an honor pledge during convocation, and the academic integrity code could also be printed in blue books used for exams, the Spectator reported.

The pledge does not need approval from administrators before taking effect this fall, but council members have two years to discuss and examine the policy during a pilot period, the Spectator reported.


Harvard cancels Visitas weekend amid bombing lockdown

Harvard administrators canceled the university’s annual weekend for admitted students — known as Visitas — due to the public safety lockdown in the greater Boston area on Friday, the Harvard Crimson reported at the time.

Visitas, Harvard’s equivalent of A Day on College Hill, was slated to run last weekend. But Faculty of Arts and Sciences Spokesman Jeff Neal informed prospective students in an email Friday that the lockdown, which was precipitated by law enforcement officials’ search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, caused Visitas’ cancellation. Harvard has no plans to reschedule Visitas, Neal wrote.

While Visitas’ cancellation means many admitted students will not be able to visit Harvard before making their college decisions, admission experts doubt this will decrease Harvard’s admission yield rate this year, the Yale Daily News reported Tuesday.

Harvard Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William Fitzsimmons said the university may extend the May 1 deadline for admitted students to decide whether they will accept their offers, adding that other Ivy League admission offices have contacted him about extending the deadline, the Daily News reported.


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