Students were charged more than $795 million to support athletics programs at 222 public universities that play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I in 2008-9, up an inflation-adjusted 18 percent since 2005, an analysis by USA Today finds. The newspaper's review, part of a continuing series of reports on college sports finances, also reveals that some institutions do not disclose their per-student athletics fee charges -- which are increasingly subsidizing money-losing athletics programs -- on their billing statements, websites or in other official school publications. Student athletics fees are typically charged to offset the costs of subsidized or free tickets to events for students, but students (or their parents) pay them even if the students don't (or can't) go to the games.
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A panel convened by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents to examine policies on students who are in the United States illegally is recommending that academically competitive campuses turn away such students, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. According to the newspaper, the committee's proposal would bar undocumented students from attending the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and any other public college that doesn’t have the space to admit all academically qualified applicants, under a recommendation a state committee approved Tuesday. The committee assembled by the State Board of Regents also recommended that all Georgia colleges verify every admitted student seeking in-state tuition to determine whether the student is in the country legally. Illegal immigrants are not eligible for in-state tuition.
The University of Nebraska at Lincoln and the University of Colorado at Boulder will pay the Big 12 Conference $9.255 million and $7 million, respectively, to end their affiliations with the league and shift next year to the Big 10 and Pacific-10 Conferences, respectively, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald and one on ESPN. The two institutions announced their plans to bolt the Big 12 for bigger, richer leagues in June.
Vice President Biden heralded the work of research universities at a round table Tuesday on the impact that federal stimulus funds have had in promoting job growth and economic competitiveness. At the start of the discussion, most of which was closed to reporters, Biden described research spending as “among the most critical parts” of the Obama administration’s stimulus package, and said criticism of federal spending on research was shortsighted -- and out of step with the view in competitive countries such as China and India. “Our economic future will grow from ideas that are incubating at universities. That’s the breeding ground and it always has been," he said, surrounded by presidents from Johns Hopkins, Purdue, and Washington State Universities and the Universities of California, Florida and Pennsylvania. “The rest of the world gets this, and we can’t afford to lag behind,” he said. “We cannot afford to not rededicate ourselves to the work you guys around the table do.”
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Monday sued Chapman University, charging that it denied tenure to a faculty member because she is black, OC Weekly reported. The suit notes the positive reviews the faculty member received -- and that less qualified colleagues did receive tenure during the same period. Chapman officials said that they hadn't yet seen the suit and so could not comment on it.
It may seem a daunting, if not impossible, task to get the United States to the widely heralded goal of a nearly 50 percent increase in the college attainment of its citizens -- but the Lumina Foundation for Education aims, in a new report, to break the job down into smaller pieces to show that it is attainable. In the report, published today, Lumina goes beyond reiterating its arguments for why the "big goal" it has set is essential for the United States economy and for individuals alike, though the study does that, too. But in providing state-by-state (and even county-by-county) data on how many graduates a particular area would need to produce if the national target is to be met, Lumina seeks to break the job down into practical, tangible goals. Even at that level, the data show just how far the country has to go, Lumina says: "If the current rate of increase remains, less than 47 percent of Americans will hold a two- or four-year degree by 2025. Economic experts say this is far below the level that can keep the nation competitive in the global, knowledge-based economy."
The ACT and the College Board have long noted that those who take strong college preparatory courses do better on the ACT and SAT, and in college. New research from ACT on Monday notes that when minority and low-income students take a college preparatory core, not only do they do better, but the average gaps between them and other students shrink.
The U.S. Education Department has awarded grants to 17 colleges in 12 states to help them create or expand campuswide emergency management plans or programs. The recipients are: Auburn University ($708,471), Case Western Reserve University ($568,090), Clark College in Washington ($744,402), College of Southern Nevada ($756,474), Colleges of the Fenway ($512,081), Cornell University ($587,684), Indiana University ($642,847), Joliet Junior College ($521,787), Milwaukee Area Technical College ($791,439), Missouri Southern State University ($401,981), Pikes Peak Community College ($476,355), Purdue University-Calumet ($486,281), Sullivan County Community College ($284,435), Tufts University ($503,138), University of St. Thomas ($245,694), University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ($499,252), and Western Washington University ($512,742).
Ohio University has apologized to Ohio State University for an attack by the former's mascot on the latter's prior to a football face-off Saturday. The student who was the Ohio U. mascot has also been banned from any role with athletics. Video and commentary from Bucknuts show the Ohio mascot charging across the field in a first attack and then following up in the end zone.
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees last week approved a $157,000 pay raise for Lee T. Todd Jr., the outgoing president of the university, and made the raise retroactive for a year, arguing that his salary had been too low and was more appropriately set at its new level of $511,000. Criticism has been widespread, not only of the actual raise (at a time when the university is facing budget cuts), but of comments by trustees defending the raise. An editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader, for example, noted that one trustee said that "we do not pay the cleaning lady what we pay the heart surgeon."
One creative (and anonymous) response to the raise is on YouTube: