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Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 3:00am

  • CHEA 2011 Annual Conference and International Seminar, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Jan. 24-27, Washington, D.C.
  • ACCU Annual Meeting, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, Jan. 29-31, Washington, D.C.
  • Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research, Council on Undergraduate Research, Feb. 6-8, Deland, Fla.
  • National Legislative Summit, Association of Community College Trustees, Feb. 13-16, Washington, D.C.
  • Annual Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Feb. 17-21, Washington, D.C.
  • These meetings, conferences, seminars and other events will be held in the coming weeks in and around higher education. They are among the many such that appear in our calendar on The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also includes a comprehensive catalog of job changes in higher education. This listing will appear as a regular feature in this space.

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    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    A veteran of the Iraq war whose essay about killing led officials at the Community College of Baltimore County to say he needed a psychological evaluation to remain as a student says that he no longer wants to do so, The Baltimore Sun reported. Charles Whittington, the veteran, said that he met the requirements, but that college officials say he has not done enough. College officials said that they were clear all along on what he needed to do. At this point, the former student said he's decided not to return to the college. The essay described his focus on killing enemy soldiers -- and some advocates for veterans have argued that the college over-reacted to the entire situation.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    In today's Academic Minute, Paul Janensch of Quinnipiac University examines the benefits communities hope to receive when they grant tax breaks to filmmakers. Find out more about The Academic Minute here.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    A state panel on Tuesday recommended that Rutgers University and the academic units of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey be merged, reviving a proposal that has periodically surfaced in the state, The Star-Ledger reported. Generally, the panel recommends an enhanced role for Rutgers in the state and greater efforts to keep the best New Jersey high school students in the state for college. The task force, which was headed by former Gov. Tom Kean, presented a broad range of recommendations about public higher education in New Jersey. Its report can be found here.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld injunctions issued by a lower court that would allow a blind law school graduate to use assistive technology software when taking the bar exam. The decision is the latest on the question of what accommodations people with disabilities are entitled to when taking state licensing exams for various professions.

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 3:00am

    The American Sociological Association, which recently announced that it couldn't meet in Chicago as planned this summer due to labor strife, has found a new home for its next annual meeting: Caesars Palace, in Las Vegas. While disciplinary meetings may not typically flock to meeting sites known for gambling, Ceasars meets a key requirement: it is a union hotel where contracts are in effect until 2012. The sociologists will gather in Vegas August 20-23.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 3:00am

    Arkansas is the latest state in which pro-gun advocates are seeking to make it possible to carry weapons on campuses. Arkansas Carry is seeking legislative support for a bill to override a 2003 attorney general's opinion that colleges and universities could legally ban concealed weapons from their campuses -- even weapons held by permit holders -- if the institutions posted signs to that effect, Arkansas News reported. While state law does refer to some entities having this right to ban weapons, Arkansas Carry says that the reference is meant to cover private businesses, not colleges and universities.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 3:00am

    India's government is planning the country's first comprehensive survey of higher education, The New York Times reported. The effort is being conducted out of the belief that a lack of reliable statistics about students and colleges hinders the development of the best policies.

    Monday, January 3, 2011 - 3:00am

    David Noble, a history professor at Canada's York University and one of the most outspoken critics of distance education, died last week at the age of 65, The Globe and Mail reported. In the book Digital Diploma Mills and in other writing, Noble argued that online education depersonalized higher education and eroded its quality. Noble was an activist on many issues, frequently finding himself in the middle of large public controversies. He led a campaign, for instance, to stop York from calling off classes on Jewish holidays, arguing that the practice discriminated against non-Jewish students. In 2007, Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, settled a lawsuit by Noble, who accused the university of blocking his candidacy for a job there because of his views. As part of the deal Simon Fraser expressed "sincere regret" for the way it had treated Noble.

    Monday, January 3, 2011 - 3:00am

    Congress and many state legislatures will convene for their 2011 terms within the next week, with one overriding priority dominating their agendas in most cases: cutting spending to try to bring the budgets of their states (or in Congress's case, the country) into better balance. Those efforts are certain to create challenges for colleges and students, as higher education funds are one of the largest areas of many states' budgets that are not constitutionally mandated, and Congressional Republicans are promising significant cuts in non-military domestic spending. A Wall Street Journal article today -- citing House Republicans' plans to rescind some federal spending already approved -- predicts that "the top targets could be programs whose budgets saw a jump under Democrats, like foreign aid and Pell Grants for ... college students."

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