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Quick Takes: Katrina Damage to Miss. Colleges Hits $673 Million, Greenville Tech Official Loses Job Over Katrina Slur, NCAA Opposes 'Athletic Looting,' Reports on Diversity, Levine to Retire as Teachers College Chief, Vatican Looks for Gays at Seminaries

September 15, 2005
  • Damage by Hurricane Katrina to college facilities in Mississippi will reach at least $673 million, according to estimates released Wednesday by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning. Damage totals are expected to reach  $598 million at public four-year colleges, $52 million at community colleges, and nearly $23 million at private colleges.
  • An administrator at Greenville Technical College called Hurricane Katrina evacuees "yard apes" during a staff meeting, and apparently lost her job as a result. Renee Holcombe, who had been associate vice president for student services, told the Associated Press that she did not intend the comment to be a racial slur.
  • Amid reports of "athletic looting," in which teams are recruiting athletes at colleges temporarily closed by Hurricane Katrina, the National Collegiate Athletic Association is going to enforce transfer rules to help storm-affilicted colleges keep their teams together, USA Today reported.
  • The Association of American Colleges and Universities on Wednesday released three new reports: "Making Diversity Work on Campus: A Research-Based Perspective," "Achieving Equitable Educational Outcomes With All Students: The Institution's Roles and Responsibilities" and "Toward a Model of Inclusive Excellence and Change in Postsecondary Institutions." The reports are available on the association's Web site.
  • Arthur M. Levine announced Wednesday that he would retire as president of Teachers College of Columbia University. At Teachers College, Levine has been a key player in discussions on the reform of teacher education and also has been a prominent observer on issues in higher education generally.
  • The Vatican has ordered investigators to look for gay students and faculty members at Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States, The New York Times reported. The investigators have also been asked to look for faculty members who dissent on church teachings.
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