Around the industry: Rally to save South Carolina's only public HCBU

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  • California: The University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) has been arguing for three years with donors' heirs over the fate of a Japanese garden donated to the school 50 years ago. The garden is considered one of the best of its kind in North America and has attracted thousands of visitors since it opened. In 2011, UCLA closed the garden and announced plans to auction the property because, officials say, the cost to maintain it grew too high. However, the heirs sued UCLA, alleging that the auction would not abide by the school's promise to maintain the garden in perpetuity. The two sides have met for four mediation sessions, most recently in late 2014, but have failed to come to terms so far (Groves, Los Angeles Times, 2/15).
  • Missouri: Michael Song, a University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) professor linked to data that was misreported to the Princeton Review, has resigned from his post at the business school, UMKC officials announced Friday. A recent independent audit of the school uncovered inaccuracies in the data that led to UMKC losing its places on the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 lists. That same audit identified Song as a source of inaccurate data in all but the 2014 submission (Hendricks/Williams, Kansas City Star, 2/13).
  • South Carolina: More than 1,000 people rallied Monday at the State House against a proposal to shut down South Carolina State University (S.C. State) for two years. The group included lawmakers, ministers, and activists who criticized the state government, saying it failed to adequately fund the school, and vowed to keep S.C. State open. The rally came as a group of S.C. State students and alumni filed a federal lawsuit against the state, alleging that the state damaged the school's enrollment by underfunding it and allowing other local colleges to duplicate S.C. State's courses. S.C. State is South Carolina's only public historically black college (Shain, The State, 2/16).

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