Quick Takes: Contract Deal for Cal State Faculty, Colleges Reminded of Loan Rules, Senator's Probe on Sports and Taxes, Michigan Students Arrested at Sit-In, American U. Students Protest Karl Rove
Submitted by Scott Jaschik on April 4, 2007 - 4:00am
The California State University System and its faculty union, a branch of the National Education Association, announced a tentative four-year contract Tuesday, just days before the union has threatened to start rolling strikes. The contract will increase base salaries by 20.7 percent over four years, plus additional funds in various other category. An analysis from the university system said that the average salary for a tenure-track faculty member would increase from $74,000 to $90,749 over the life of the contract. A detailed analysis from the union is available here.
The U.S. Education Department has sent a letter to colleges reminding them that they can't refuse to certify loans to eligible students from eligible lenders just because the colleges prefer other lenders. The letter comes as officials in the New York State attorney general's office and in Congress are subjecting colleges to scrutiny on how and why they encourage students to use particular lenders.
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, told The Detroit News that he is investigating the tax implications of universities' policies on premium ticket sales for athletic events, as part of his ongoing interest in tax breaks given to colleges and universities.
Police arrested about a dozen protesters Tuesday, following an all-day sit-in in the reception area of President Mary Sue Coleman's office, The Detroit Free Press reported. The students were demanding that Michigan toughen its stance on which factories can produce clothing with the Michigan logo.
Students at American University briefly blocked the car of Karl Rove as he left the campus after giving a speech, The Washington Post reported. Students said that they wanted to make a "citizen's arrest" of Rove, who after the brief delay left the campus unarrested and unharmed.