Around the industry: Cornell University president announces colon cancer diagnosis

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  • Iowa: University of Iowa's lost goat, missing since late January, was recaptured Monday. William the Goat escaped January 29 from the university's research park, where he was being studied for orthopedics research. The university's police department tweeted, "We are very happy to report that William the Goat is in custody and back home in a nice warm pen" (Mytelka, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/9).
  • New York: Cornell University President Elizabeth Garrett announced Monday she has been diagnosed with colon cancer and will reduce travel and other commitments in the coming months to focus on treatment. In an email to the campus community, Garrett said, "I am receiving the best possible care from a team of doctors at Weill Cornell Medicine and am beginning an aggressive treatment program," adding, "The senior leadership of the university will be handling many of my commitments, representing me and keeping me up to date as we continue to move Cornell forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century" (Casler, Ithaca Journal, 2/8).
  • Washington, D.C.: The Education Department is seeking $13.6 million in President Obama's FY 2017 final budget request for a new "Student Aid Enforcement Unit" to respond "more quickly and efficiently" to allegations of wrongdoing in higher education. The freestanding unit, to be led by the Federal Trade Commission's Robert Kaye, will initially consist of "a few dozen" employees currently involved in oversight and borrower protection, and will take on more employees if Congress approves its budget request. According to Education Department Acting Secretary John King Jr., the new unit aims to "streamline and enhance" the agency's enforcement capabilities and better respond to requests for loan forgiveness (Field, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2/9).

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