Losing merit

The American Bar Association ponders a new law school disclosure rule that could reshape enrollment trends [From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]
May 23, 2011 12:03 AM

Belmont's SIFE team among top eight

Belmont University's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team last week competed in the SIFE USA National Exposition, finishing in the top eight teams. Belmont students have been regional champions in the competiton for the past six years.

In the competition, SIFE teams from more than 400 campuses presented their service projects to corporate judges to determine which teams had the most impact improving people's lives.

May 19, 2011 1:20 PM

Nashville School of Law to honor two

The Nashville School of Law will early next month honor two veterans of the local legal scene with its Recognition Dinner Honoree and Distinguished Faculty Award.

Set to receive the first of those two honors on June 3 is Bob Ballow, a 1963 graduate of NSL (on the right in our photo) who joined forces with Frank King in 1969 and has since helped build a firm with nationally recognized media law expertise.

Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin employment and labor law attorney Trevor Howell will receive the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Award. Howell has taught at NSL since 1988 and regularly serves as instructor for regional Continuing Legal Education seminars in employment law.

“The collective accomplishments of these two revered attorneys are a perfect example of the founding principles of Nashville School of Law,” said Judge Joe Loser Jr., Dean of the Nashville School of Law. “I am proud to be a part of a community that continually produces excellence in the legal community at large.”

For more info on the June 3 dinner at the Millennium Maxwell House, contact NSL staff.

May 19, 2011 11:14 AM

TSU gets $789K from HUD

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Tennessee State University with a grant of $789,031. The money is one of three awards given nationally to historically black colleges and universities to help revitalize neighborhoods and promote affordable hosuing near their campuses.

"Historically black colleges and universities play a unique role in helping to revitalize local communities," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "HUD is proud to be partnering with these colleges and universities to help them improve neighborhoods and stimulate economic development around their campuses."

The funds may be used to "demolish blighted structures, rehabilitate homes, assist community-based development organizations to carry out neighborhood revitalization, and provide down-payment and closing cost assistance to low- and moderate-income homebuyers."

Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and Norfolk State University in Virginia are the other grant recipients. Each received $800,000.

May 16, 2011 2:05 PM

Watkins hires external relations director

Former Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau worker joins art and design school
May 16, 2011 12:29 PM

Belmont elects new trustees

Lee Co. exec, current donor join the board
May 13, 2011 12:16 PM

The higher education bubble

Has higher education become a scam, with high costs leading to big debt for students who get mediocre instruction? The Fiscal Times explores this idea in a piece this morning on the higher education bubble.

It's chock full of sobering statistics. Like this:

Since 1978, the price of tuition at US colleges has increased more than 900 percent, 650 points above inflation. To put that number in perspective, housing prices, the bubble that nearly burst the US economy, increased only fifty points above the Consumer Price Index during those years. But while college applicants’ faith in the value of higher education has only increased, employers’ has declined. According to Richard Rothstein at The Economic Policy Institute, wages for college-educated workers outside of the inflated finance industry have stagnated or diminished.

And this:

While the debt numbers for four-year programs look risky, for-profit two-year schools have apocalyptic figures: 96 percent of their students take on debt and within fifteen years, 40 percent are in default. A Government Accountability Office sting operation in which agents posed as applicants found all fifteen institutions they approached engaged in deceptive practices and four in straight-up fraud. For-profits were found to have paid their admissions officers on commission, falsely claimed accreditation, underrepresented costs, and encouraged applicants to lie on federal financial aid forms. For-profit degree programs were found to be more expensive than the nonprofit alternatives nearly every time.

May 10, 2011 9:00 AM

Fitch ups Vandy rating to AA+

VUMC performance main reason for boost
May 6, 2011 2:40 PM

Belmont launches music industry think tank

Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business has launched an entertainment industry solutions think tank, dubbed Pipeline.

The project takes the school's best and brightest students and charges them with developing cutting edge concepts and solutions and influencing the entertainment and music industry.

From Belmont:

“The Pipeline project exemplifies Belmont’s commitment to nurturing entrepreneurial thinkers who seek positive change and growth through engagement with and service to the Nashville community,” said Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher.

CEMB Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives Sarah Cates added, “We believe that Belmont students can be at the heart of creative solutions for the entertainment industry, and we are excited to encourage the next generation of innovators.”

Pipeline will provide a select group of elite undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in an innovative project alongside a project advisor and be devoted to open dialogue, research and analysis of industry issues over the course of the summer. Nine students will receive summer stipends and funds for research supplies and/or other project expenses. Pipeline students will present their work and findings at informative meetings with industry partners and at Belmont faculty meetings.

Visit the above link to see the nine students in Pipeline's inaugural class.

May 5, 2011 11:46 AM

Ex-Bredesen press secretary joins Lipscomb institute

Executive-in-residence deal is for one year
May 2, 2011 12:30 PM