Higher Education | 1999 Archive


March

Mar. 26th — Call. 9: Hacker Hits Duke Computer System
A hacking incident at Duke University this week threatened the school's entire computer system and raised questions about Internet security. For several days, a computer hacker used a computer to exploit a temporary security hole in godzilla6, which is one of the six servers on the acpub system.

Mar. 19th — Call. 8: UNC System Selects Another Chancellor in Secret
N.C. A&T State University should learn who will be its new chancellor on Friday, March 19. As of press time on Thursday, March 18, President Molly Broad's office had not made public the names of the four candidates for the position, except one name: Harold Martin, vice chancellor for academic affairs at N.C. A&T.

Mar. 12th — Call. 7: St. Augustine's Fires Admissions Director
St. Augustine's College of North Carolina made national headlines last week when it announced the firing of admissions director, Keith M. Powell. The announcement prompted the resignation of the entire admissions staff, except for a counselor who was on vacation until Monday, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on March 11. Graham Watt, executive assistant to the president, said that the decline in enrollment at St. Augustine's did not factor into the decision to fire Powell. Watt told The News and Observer on March 9 that the decision was part of a larger effort to make the college more efficient: "We talked about it as an administrative team.... It brings the whole process together. It just works better when you have people not bumping into each other and working in harmony."

Mar. 7th — Call. 6: Wisconsin's Victory, Some N.C. State professors are using online homework software
The Faculty Senate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison voted Monday to narrow an 18-year old speech code that permits the punishment of professors for remarks that students find offensive. The new code, which was approved by a vote of 71 to 62, says that "all expressions germane to the instructional setting -- including but not limited to information, the presentation or advocacy of ideas, assignment of course materials, and teaching techniques -- is protected from disciplinary action." AND Students in some N.C. State University courses are doing their homework and even taking quizzes on the World-Wide Web, thanks to a program designed primarily by N.C. State professors. The program, WebAssign, is used in physics, math, computer-science and statistics courses at N.C. State, provides instant feedback to students as they submit their homework and quiz answers online.

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