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Quick Takes: New Presidents at Texas and Baylor, $5.65 Billion for NSF, Report Explores Benefits of Dual Enrollment, North Dakota Again Appeals Mascot Ruling, Blogger Denied Tenure Lands New Job

November 7, 2005
  • Two Texas universities learned Friday who their next leaders will be. The search committee for the presidency of the University of Texas at Austin announced that the sole finalist for the post is William Powers Jr., dean of the university's law school. Baylor University, meanwhile, announced that John M. Lilley, an alumnus who is president of the University of Nevada at Reno, will return to his alma mater to become president.
  • Negotiators from the Senate and the House of Representatives reached final agreement on a compromise spending bill that would provide the National Science Foundation with $5.65 billion in the 2006 fiscal year, an increase of $181 million over what the agency is receiving this year. The measure, which is expected to win final Congressional approval and gain President Bush's signature, includes $4.39 billion for the NSF's research programs, $167 million more than 2005, and $807 million for education and human resources activities, $70 million above what President Bush requested but $34 million less than those programs are receiving this year.
  • Dual-enrollment and other programs to help high school students earn college credit can help not only advanced students, but a broad range of students, according to a new report from the Community College Research Center, at Columbia University. The report examines a series of programs and also offers recommendations on how to expand their research.
  • The University of North Dakota has filed a second appeal of an August ruling by the National Collegiate Athletic Association that the university's use of its "Fighting Sioux" nickname and various Native American icons is "hostile" and "abusive." The NCAA rejected North Dakota's initial appeal last month, citing opposition from some Sioux tribes in the state. The university's president, Charles Kupchella, said the second appeal, which will go to the NCAA's executive committee as part of an appeals process the NCAA laid out in September, is "more analytical and legalistic."
  • Daniel W. Drezner, a popular blogger whose tenure denial by the University of Chicago prompted many to fear that blogging was not a good career move for academics, has landed a tenured job. Drezner announced on his blog on Friday that he has accepted an offer to become associate professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, at Tufts University.
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