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Quick Takes: Revised and Delayed GRE to Debut, New Version of Scholars' Pell Plan, Sex Show at William

February 21, 2007
  • The revised version of the Graduate Record Examination will debut in September. The Educational Testing Service was originally planning to use the new version in October 2006, but delayed the start of the new system.
  • Two Harvard University scholars released through the Brookings Institution a new version of their proposal to simplify federal student aid by combining Pell Grants and various tax credits. The plan was the same idea that was presented to a Senate committee in December.
  • The College of William & Mary -- already facing criticism from alumni and conservative groups over removal of a cross from permanent display -- has a new controversy, which college critics are linking to the cross dispute. The Virginia Gazette set off the latest furor by reporting on a display of art by sex workers -- including striptease, the use of sex toys and various forms of erotic dancing. Most of the financing for the event -- which drew hundreds of students -- came from student activity fees.
  • The University of Connecticut has placed on hold negotiations about opening a possible campus in Dubai, The Journal Inquirer reported. Many American campuses have been opening campuses in the Middle East and elsewhere. While university officials did not detail why they were not moving ahead, the possibility of the university opening a branch in Dubai has been criticized by some in the state who have raised questions about the country's human rights policies.
  • David W. Sink Jr. announced Tuesday that he would retire as president of Blue Ridge Community College, where he has served for 20 years -- the last one in a series of disputes with North Carolina officials, The Citizen-Times reported. The announcement came a week after the college announced it was repaying the state $100,000 in funds used for athletics in violation of state rules that ban the use of North Carolina funds for such purposes.
  • Education Sector on Tuesday released a report with eight ideas on education for the next president of the United States. The ideas -- intended to be nonpartisan -- start with pre-K and extend through higher education, where they focus on helping students find good information about colleges, and helping students who want to take socially valuable but low-paying jobs after graduation manage their debts.
  • With British universities under increasing pressure to raise private money, they are looking across the pond for development talent. The Guardian reported that Aston University; the London School of Economics and Political Science; and the Universities of Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Oxford and Warwick all have hired fund raisers from Canada or the United States.
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