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Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 3:00am

The Faculty Senate at the State University of New York at Albany has voted to condemn the administration's plans to phase out degrees in French, Russian, Italian and classics, The Albany Times-Union reported. The Senate passed resolutions calling for the decision to be reversed, and also criticizing the way the university made the decision in the first place. At the time Albany announced the plans, officials said that faculty had been consulted, but declined to specify how that took place. Some faculty members at the Senate meeting called for the university to finance languages through cuts in athletics budgets. A spokesman for the university said that officials would review and consider the Faculty Senate's views.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 3:00am

Many University of California campuses are expanding their efforts to recruit out-of-state students, the Los Angeles Times reported. For the first time this summer, UCLA sent admissions officers to 10 cities around the United States, while others visited China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore. The Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine campuses also started their first out-of-state recruitment drives. The goals? The extra $23,000 in tuition revenue an out-of-state student brings.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 3:00am

The University of Hawaii is gearing up to make a bid for the Obama presidential library, even if his term is not over and he hopes to win a second, the Associated Press reported. Obama's roots in Hawaii have the university hopeful, and it has been looking at potential sites and meeting with federal archives officials to plan. The University of Chicago has also expressed interest in hosting the library of Obama, who taught there and whose Chicago home was in the university's neighborhood. No comment from the White House.

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:00am

Many students and others at Brooklyn Law School are angry over a photo shoot by the fashion line Diesel in the library, The New York Post reported. The law school expected tasteful photos of people in an environment of books and learning, but found instead near naked models rubbing themselves against each other and various parts of the library. One female student, referring to a shot of two women in their underwear climbing on some computer equipment, told the Post: "It's gross. I work on those computers every day!" The Post article features a link to some of the scenes shot by Diesel.

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:00am

The National Federation for the Blind has filed a complaint with the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights charging that technology-based services at Pennsylvania State University lack access for blind students, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The complaint is broad-based and covers everything from the library catalog to course-management software. University officials said that they hadn't yet reviewed the complaint and so could not comment on it. The complaint comes at a time of increased scrutiny by advocates for the blind of technology services in higher education.

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:00am

After five years without a single student suicide, the College of William and Mary has had three this year, leading to much campus discussion and new efforts to reach students who may be experiencing depression, The Washington Post reported. Much of the discussion focuses on the high standards students set for themselves, and fear that students who have been academically successful may not feel comfortable seeking help.

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:00am

About 200 students have admitted cheating on a test for a senior-level business course at the University of Central Florida, The Orlando Sentinel reported. The cheating was so widespread that the instructor said students who admitted to their involvement before taking a re-test would not face normal punishments.

Monday, November 15, 2010 - 3:00am

A freshman has been charged with simple assaults and indecent exposure after knocking more than 1,000 books off the shelves of a library at North Carolina State University, while naked, last week, The News & Observer reported. Several students filmed the incident. Here is one such video showing the damage, the students who watched and filmed it, and (briefly) the student himself (from behind).

Friday, November 12, 2010 - 3:00am

The majority of individuals in leadership positions of big-time college athletics programs and conferences remain white and male, according to a new study by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida. For example, all 11 conference commissioners in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association are white men. In addition, there are only 14 “athletic directors of color” in the FBS, which has 118 member institutions. Still, the study did identify some signs of progress: "a record-high 15 head coaches of color led FBS teams at the start of the 2010 college football season."

Friday, November 12, 2010 - 3:00am

The Community College League of California wants the state’s two-year institutions to award one million more certificates and degrees by 2020. The group of community college presidents says this ambitious pledge -- which it plans to roll out next week with a series of recommendations on how to get there -- constitutes California’s share of President Obama’s goal of producing an additional five million community college graduates in the coming decade. To reach the statewide benchmark, the group says each of the state’s 112 community colleges will need to boost its average annual completions from 1,200 to 3,500.

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