Around the industry: Chancellor criticized for using his phone during commencement

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  • California: Supporting diversity will be added to the criteria for gaining tenure at Pomona College after a recent faculty vote. Candidates must show they are competent in five diversity-related categories and excellent in at least one, some of which include "fostering an inclusive classroom" and leading seminars and discussions (Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, 5/23). 
  • Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park is launching a new initiative to place a larger-than-expected incoming class into housing. Under the "1+3" plan, the flagship university will reduce students' first-year costs by up to $15,000 if they start their first year at a campus with available housing and their last three years at University Park (Civian, Onward State, 5/23).
  • Texas: Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie is facing criticism after photos surfaced of him using his phone during Palto Alto College's commencement ceremony on Saturday. Leslie was on his phone for at least 40 minutes during the ceremony, according to Tony Villanueva, president of Palo Alto's American Association of University Professors chapter. Some Palo Alto students and faculty want to inform the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees about Leslie's behavior, Villanueva says (Bradshaw, San Antonio Express-News, 5/23). 

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