Around the industry: University of Akron eliminates 213 staff positions, entire university press staff

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  • Arizona: The University of Phoenix is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for "deceptive or unfair acts or practices," the school's parent company Apollo Education Group disclosed Wednesday. Phoenix gets the most GI Bill funds of any college, a report from the Senate committee on education found last year ("Quick Takes," Inside Higher Ed, 7/30).
  • Georgia: The University of Georgia is investing $4.4 million to hire 56 new faculty and add 319 course sections across 81 majors over the next year. Officials hope the move will reduce class sizes, offer more personalized learning, and improve timely graduation rates (Fahmy, UGA Today, 7/27; Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald, 7/30).
  • Ohio: In an effort to cut its budget by about $40 million, the University of Akron will eliminate 213 positions—and close the university press entirely, local media reported Wednesday. All three employees of the press were laid off. But in a twist, one VP told Publishers Weekly that the press is not closing—its functions are simply being moved to the library (Miller, Akron Beacon Journal, 7/27; Kirch, Publisher's Weekly, 7/30).

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