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Quick Takes: No Confidence at Ohio U., Southern Accountability, Corporate Foundations Increase Giving, U. of Wash. Bars Sudan Stocks, Ky. Student Paper Rejects Ad Criticizing Coach, Va. Student Papers Challenge Ban on Booze Ads

June 9, 2006
  • Ohio University faculty members have expressed no confidence in their president and provost, The Athens News reported. Professors have been critical of President Roderick McDavis and Provost Kathy Krendl, saying that they are not consultative and do no sufficiently involve faculty members in decision-making. Ohio's board issued a statement backing the administration.
  • Southern states have adopted a series of policies to hold colleges accountable for meeting various goals, and many states are seeing demonstrable progress on meeting those goals, according to a new report by the Southern Regional Education Board.
  • Grants from corporate foundations increased 5.8 percent in 2005, to $3.6 billion, following a 1 percent drop the previous year, according to a new report from the Foundation Center. Just over a quarter of the grants go to education.
  • The University of Washington on Thursday became the latest institution to announce it would no longer invest in companies linked to Sudan's genocide in Darfur, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. To comply with its new policy, the university will be selling its holdings in at least one company.
  • The student newspaper at the University of Kentucky has declined to run an advertisement that is critical of Tubby Smith, the coach of the men's basketball team, the Associated Press reported. Kentucky has historically been a basketball powerhouse and some fans believe that the university isn't living up to its legacy.
  • The student newspapers at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech are challenging state regulations that bar student publications from running alcohol ads. The papers -- with the assistance of the American Civil Liberties Union -- cite a federal appeals court ruling in 2004 that struck down a similar measure in Pennsylvania.
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