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Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 3:00am

  • Hamid Beladi, professor of Economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has been appointed IBC Bank Senior Faculty Fellow there.
  • Diane Hoadley, dean of the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences at Eastern Illinois University, has been named dean of the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.
  • H. David (Dave) Lambert, vice president for information services and chief information officer at Georgetown University, has been selected as president and chief executive officer of Internet2.
  • Douglas Shapiro, director of institutional research at the New School, in New York, has been chosen as senior research director of the Research Center at the National Student Clearinghouse, in Virginia.
  • Tachung (T.C.) Yih, vice provost for the office of grants, contracts and sponsored research at Oakland University, has been appointed associate vice president for research and external support at California State University at Long Beach.
  • The appointments above are drawn from The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also includes a comprehensive catalog of upcoming events in higher education. To submit job changes or calendar items, please click here.

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:00am

    The U.S. Department of Education is today proposing new, stricter rules on eligibility of students to receive federal financial aid to attend colleges and universities outside the United States. Some of the rules increase financial reporting requirements for the institutions seeking to have their students be eligible for the aid. Some rules are specific to foreign medical schools. One that could have an impact on many of them would raise to 75 percent from 60 percent the rate at which graduates must pass U.S. medical licensing exams for the institution's students to remain eligible for aid. A report released in June by the Government Accountability Office urged the department to toughen oversight of foreign medical schools that want their students to be eligible for U.S. student aid.

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:00am

    A study has found that just over 5 percent of medical residency applications at a major academic medical center showed evidence of plagiarism. The study, which appears in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, analyzed the applications with new Turnitin software that is being sold to admissions offices to detect plagiarism. The prevalence of plagiarism was greater among applicants who were not citizens of the United States.

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:00am

    China is starting to see some success in its efforts to battle brain drain. AFP reported that while the numbers leaving the country for graduate study continue to increase, there are now increases in the number of graduates who return, sometimes having achieved the highest levels of success at Western universities. One example: Shi Yigong, who was landing big grants as a professor at Princeton University, returned to become head of life sciences at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:00am

    A survey of fund raisers by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education projects that donations for the fiscal year that just closed will be 4.3 percent higher than the previous year, and that the next academic year will see gains of 5.7 percent. These figures, if attained, would mark a turnaround for many colleges that have experienced difficulty raising money during the economic downturn. John Lippincott, president of CASE, called the survey results "an encouraging sign that we may return to pre-recession giving levels in roughly two years."

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:00am

    An annual survey by CDW has again found gaps in the views on technology issues between campus IT professionals and faculty members. While 72 percent of IT professionals say that online collaboration software is an essential element to the 21st-century classroom, the survey found, only 31 percent of faculty members agreed. In addition, 68 percent of IT staff say that virtual learning is a key part of the higher education experience; only 35 percent of faculty agree.

    Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 3:00am

    Syrian authorities have banned full face veils at the country's universities, BBC reported. Officials said that the new rule came at the request of students and parents.

    Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:00am

    BP has been offering lucrative research contracts -- with signing bonuses -- to marine science researchers in the Gulf region, and the deals have alarmed scientists because of confidentiality clauses and restrictions on access that would be allowed to results, The Press-Register reported. In one case, the company tried to sign on the entire marine science of an Alabama university but was rebuffed over the confidentiality clauses, the newspaper said. One contract offer obtained by the Press-Register would have barred scientists from publishing their research, sharing it or speaking about data collected for at least three years. More than one scientist said that the financial offer was $250 an hour -- and the contract suggests that the work would be used for BP's legal defense. BP declined to comment.

    Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:00am

    The Educational Testing Service announced last week that it is suspending registrations in Iran for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. ETS cited the new sanctions against Iran adopted by the United Nations and the United States, which make it impossible for ETS to handle payments from Iran. The New York Times reported that many experts on international education are outraged by this news, given that the TOEFL is taken by Iranians who want to come study in the United States -- precisely those Iranians who may someday promote democracy in their home country. An official with the International English Language Testing System, a British-based system known by the acronym IELTS, which is a competitor to TOEFL, told Inside Higher Ed that IELTS continues to be offered in Iran.

    Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:00am

    An abundance of articulation agreements doesn't assure easy transfer of credit from community colleges to four-year institutions. That's the conclusion of an article in The Indianapolis Star, which examined the situation in Indiana. Ivy Tech Community College, a statewide community college system, has 500 course-specific transfer agreements with 65 universities, the Star found, but it said that the agreements "can be confusing -- and they are not binding." Even when a university agrees to transfer credits, individual departments sometimes do not.

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