Around the industry: Princeton University to keep Woodrow Wilson's name on campus

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  • Maryland: The Maryland Senate on Friday passed a bill (SB 676) to create a matching state contribution to eligible college savings accounts and a refundable tax credit of up to $5,000 for undergraduate student loan debt. The state would match students' donations and provide an additional $250 per year for amounts as low as $25 for an individual with an annual income less than $50,000 or a family of four with an income of less than $100,000. The bill would cost Maryland $52 million over the next five years (Grunberger, Maryland Reporter, 4/3). 
  • New Jersey: Princeton University announced Monday that it will keep U.S. President Woodrow Wilson's name on the university's public affairs school and one of its residential colleges. The announcement comes after months of student protests calling for Wilson's name to be removed from campus. Princeton's board said it would be "honest and forthcoming about its history" and be transparent "in recognizing Wilson's failings and shortcomings as well as the visions and achievements that led to the naming of the school and the college in the first place" (Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 4/5).
  • North Carolina: Duke University Executive Vice President Tallman Trask issued a public apology Monday for a confrontation two years ago with a contract parking attendant before a Duke football game. The attendant, Shelvia Underwood, filed a lawsuit last month claiming that Trask hit her with his car and then called her a racial slur and drove away. Meanwhile, student protestors continued a sit-in calling for Trask and two other administrators to resign (Kueppers, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/4). 

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