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Quick Takes: Visa Denial Prompts Lawsuit, Compromise Considered on Minority Scholarships at Southern Illinois, Parents Wait to Plan for College Costs, Sudden Departure at New Mexico

January 26, 2006
  • The American Association of University Professors, the American Academy of Religion and the PEN American Center on Wednesday sued the federal government over orders denying a visa to Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss national who is a noted scholar of the Muslim world who has been unable to accept invitations to teach and attend conferences in the United States. The academic groups say that there are no valid reasons to deny Ramadan a visa and note that he is not associated with any terrorist groups. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that administration policy barred discussing any case in litigation.
  • Southern Illinois University is considering a compromise with the U.S. Justice Department over minority scholarships that the agency says are illegal, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Many universities have already been pressured to adjust scholarships that are restricted to members of certain minority groups.
  • A study by Academic Management Services has found that most parents do not start looking for ways to pay for their children's higher education until the children reach high school. The study also found that more parents rank location as the top factor in picking a college than rank cost as the top factor.
  • The University of New Mexico Board of Regents and Louis Caldera announced Wednesday that he would leave the presidency of the university -- leaving a year in advance of the end of his contract. The Albuquerque Tribune reported that Caldera had never built strong ties to the regents, noting that this year the board rejected his plan to raise admissions standards and gave him only a minimal raise.
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