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Quick Takes: Hacking for Grades, Providence Drops SAT, Dillard Delays Start of Semester, British Universities Struggle to Fill Top Jobs, Corinthian Campuses Cleared

July 26, 2006
  • Two students at California State University at Northridge have been charged by state authorities with illegally hacking into a professor's computer account to change their grades and the grades of nearly 300 students, the Los Angeles Times reported. The students told authorities that they thought the professor was unfair.
  • Providence College will announce today that it will no longer require undergraduate applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. Officials said that they feared the test score requirement -- even though it has not been a major focus of the admissions process -- may have discouraged some low-income students from applying. The move follows an earlier announcement that the college was shifting funds from merit to need-based aid as part of a campaign to close the "student accessibility gap."
  • Dillard University will start its fall semester on September 25, about a month later than normal. Dillard, in New Orleans, sustained heavy damage during Hurricane Katrina and officials want to start classes after most of this year's hurricane season is over.
  • British universities are finding it increasingly difficult to fill positions for vice chancellor (the equivalent of university president in the United States), The Times Higher Education Supplement reported. The newspaper said that turnover has increased and many academics have no desire to move into the administrative ranks.
  • Corinthian Colleges, Inc. announced late Monday that the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools has granted continued accreditation for three campuses of its Georgia Medical Institute affiliate. In December, the company said that the professional accrediting group had denied approval to the medical institute's campus in Atlanta and two branch campuses, in Jonesboro and Marietta, citing completion and job placement rates. The renewed approval applies to the three campuses through December 2007.
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