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Quick Takes: Students Favor Moderate Use of Course Technology, Wisconsin Ends 'Back Up' Appointments, Boise State May Ban Smoking, Dartmouth Will Avoid Sudan Stocks, Web Site on Student Debt

November 15, 2005
  • Far more students prefer a "moderate" amount of technology in their courses than favor either extensive use of technology or no use of technology at all, according to a new survey released by Educause.
  • The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents voted last week to stop offering "back up" appointments to administrators. The positions -- faculty slots or lower level administrative positions -- have been commonly used in contracts for administrators, who are told that they can obtain such a position should they lose their administrative job. But a scandal involving a vice chancellor at Wisconsin's Madison campus led to widespread political criticism of the "back up" provisions.
  • Boise State University is considering a complete ban on smoking -- in all buildings, grounds and vehicles -- which would be more extensive than the bans at any other four-year college, the Associated Press reported. Campus reaction is mixed, according to the AP.
  • Dartmouth College's board voted to avoid investments in six companies believed to be complicit in the genocide taking place in Sudan. The college does not currently have investments in any of the six companies. Student groups have been urging colleges to sell holdings or to avoid investing in these companies. Harvard and Stanford Universities agreed to sell such investments earlier this year.
  • A coalition of student Public Interest Research Groups from different states has created Student Debt Alert, a new Web site with personal stories and information about policy related to student debt.
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