University probing quick doctorate award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The University of Louisville will look into whether an associate of a former education dean was improperly awarded a doctorate.

The Courier-Journal reported U of L President James Ramsey appointed a committee Wednesday to investigate how John Deasy qualified for the advanced degree, even though he apparently was on campus for only one semester.

University rules specify a doctoral candidate must study for two years at U of L, including at last one year of full-time residency.

Deasy gave former education Dean Robert Felner's research center a $375,000 contract in 2002.

Felner resigned in June to take a job in Wisconsin, but withdrew from that position after news of a federal investigation into how he spent grant money became public.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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