Looking to prepare workers in the fast-growing field of medical data management, Lipscomb University has partnered with the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering to launch a master's degree in health care informatics. Students will work on alternating weekends for 13 months and spend another two months on individual capstone project work. “This degree breaks away from traditional preparation in IT in that it prepares students from all the perspectives needed in the profession: health care, business and IT,” Beth Breeden, assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Lipscomb and expert in pharmacy informatics in the industry.
Blake Farmer passes on the essence of an interview with the boss of the Crystal Bridges Museum, which has a deal to pay Fisk University $30 million for part of the Stieglitz collection. If he was looking for a deal today, said Don Bacigalupi, he wouldn't spend much time at Fisk.
Belmont University officially broke ground on its new 298-bed residence hall and 562-car underground parking garage. The nearly 110,000 square-foot structure is being constructed in the Bruin Hills Apartment area on the southeastern corner of campus near the intersection of 15th and Bernard avenues.
The $30 million project will be ready for occupancy by Fall 2012.
“This new construction represents our ongoing effort to provide an exemplary residential experience for students who seek a complete living/learning community environment," said Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher. "Moreover, this campus growth also reflects our University-wide vision to engage with and serve the Nashville community as a contributing partner in the creation of jobs and development of service-minded citizens.”
Blake Farmer was at the Tennessee Court of Appeals Tuesday listening to proceedings in the Fisk University Stieglitz collection case. The judges and the Attorney General's Office are sympathetic to the school's financial woes, he said, but that won't get Fisk President Hazel O'Leary very far.
Senior Counsel Janet Kleinfelter from the Attorney General’s office says she has compassion for Fisk’s situation but the state is concerned about a chilling effect on philanthropy. “We could back down, but the consequences of that for future charitable giving for the state of Tennessee are just tremendous. I mean, think about it.”
The Southern Association of Schools and Colleges has turned down a bid by Fisk University officials to be removed from 'warning' status because of its precarious finances. Instead, the accreditation body turned up the heat on Fisk, saying it now also has questions about the leadership qualifications of the historic university's administrators and academic officials.
If Fisk's leadership can't right the ship by December, things could get ugly in a hurry.
Removal from membership could result in Fisk being disqualified from receiving federal financial aid for its students, some 90 percent of whom rely on financial aid to go to college. Higher education analysts say such an outcome could essentially doom the historic school, a fixture in Nashville since the Civil War and home of the world famous Jubilee Singers.
Gov. Bill Haslam said he'll likely vote this week for double-digit tuition increases for students at state universities and community colleges. Jeff Woods reports for The City Paper that the Tennessee Board of Regents and University of Tennessee Board of Trustees will meet Friday to consider raising tuition by as much as 12 percent at a meetings Friday.
“I think both systems understand that pricing middle-class families out of the education system is an issue,” the governor said. “But part of their issue is the state giving them less and less money. That’s just the reality. We’re going to have to figure out a way to address that.
“The pressure is on them to not say, 'Well, the way we’re going to solve the funding issue is to always have double-digit increases.' That can’t be the answer,” he added.
What's the difference between attending one of the country's top MBA programs and one of their lesser peers? About $1 million in salary over a graduate's 20-year career.
Bloomberg Businessweek reports that grads from MBA programs like Harvard, Wharton and Stanford command the highest salaries and end up making more in base pay and bonuses over their careers.
Executive compensation expert Ken Hugessen isn't shocked at the disparity in MBA earnings. "The differences in salary at the beginning are hugely predictive of the 20-year accumulation," he says. "If you're at a top school, you must be pretty smart to get in. You're a stronger breed of cat from day one. That will follow you throughout your career."
Here are Bloomberg's stats on Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management.
The Tennessee Board of Regents is considering the largest tuition hike in six years. WPLN reports that the TBR Finance Committee met yesterday to consider a nearly 9 percent tuition increase at Austin Peay and Tennessee State and a bump of nearly 10 percent at Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech.
The discussion comes as stimulus funds for the 45-school TBR system run out. For students, the increase would amount to about $200 in additional tuition each semester.
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