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Quick Takes: Affirmative Action Ballot Dispute, Women's Sports Participation, Yale Will Spend More, Supreme Court Rejects Appeal on Campus Elections, Purchase of Textbook Company, New Buyer Possible for Myers U., Better Late Than Never

January 8, 2008
  • A state judge in Missouri on Monday rejected the state secretary of state's revision of the language of a proposed ballot item to ban affirmative action, and instead adopted his own language, which is much closer to the wording desired by supporters of the ban, the Associated Press reported. The language issue is an important one because polls have consistently shown the public to respond to affirmative action proposals in different ways, depending on wording. With the secretary of state vowing to appeal, more legal fights are expected.
  • Continuing recent trends, participation by women in intercollegiate athletics is up, but the proportion of women as coaches of men's or women's teams is falling, according to new data from the Women in Intercollegiate Sport study.
  • Yale University announced Monday that spending from its endowment earnings will be up 37 percent next year, to $1.15 billion, as a result of "exceptionally strong investment returns." Priorities for the new funds will be significant expansions of financial aid (details of which are expected later this month), improved science facilities, and expanded efforts to make Yale collections available online. Elite colleges have been under increasingly intense pressure from some members of Congress to increase payouts from their endowments.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that found that public universities have the right to set limits on spending in student government elections, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has barred such limits in federal and state elections as infringements on free speech. The suit came in a dispute involving a spending limit set by the University of Montana.
  • Macmillan Publishers is today expected to announce a deal to buy Hayden-McNeil Publishing, a custom textbook company, The New York Times reported.
  • An Ohio judge who last month approved the sale of Myers University, to a group of people with ties to the for-profit University of Northern Virginia, is apparently reconsidering. The deal has been opposed by some as a takeover of the financially troubled Cleveland college. Now the judge is concerned that the purchasers don't have enough cash, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported, and he is considering proposals from two other entities. One is a consortium of school districts and job centers that wants to use Myers as a base to offer online college courses to high school juniors and seniors. The other entity is Knowledge Investment Partners, a private equity firm. Last year, the firm purchased the Schiller International University, which includes London City College and the American College of Switzerland.
  • A study by Statistics Canada found that young people who put off going to college aren't at a disadvantage later, as long as they eventually do enroll and complete a degree, CanWest News Service reported.
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