More than 1,000 students from Turkey have moved to universities in Bosnia, in part because women there can wear headscarves that are banned by law in Turkey, Reuters reported. One student said: "If the situation in Turkey changed, we would not come to study here.... Bosnian people are more tolerant than Turkish people."
Higher Education Quick Takes
Manuel Pangilinan has resigned as board chair of Ateneo de Manila University, in the Philippines, after reports surfaced that his graduation address to students included unattributed portions that had been delivered elsewhere by President Obama, Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling and others, the BBC reported. The network noted that he has spoken previously about the importance of ethics in higher education.
Two civil rights groups have sued Georgia in federal court over the state's treatment of public historically black colleges, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The suit charges that the state discriminates against Albany State, Fort Valley State and Savannah State Universities by refusing to give them adequate financing or the prestigious research and graduate programs found at the top predominantly white universities. Officials of the University System of Georgia said that they had not seen the suit and that they do not comment on litigation. But a spokesman told the Journal-Constitution that many factors go into budget allocations, including institutional missions and performance measures.
Gateway Technical College, in Wisconsin, announced that an investigation confirmed student complaints that an instructor was offering extra credit to those who made charitable contributions to certain organizations, The Journal Times reported. While officials said that there was no malice involved, they said the incentives were inappropriate and that the instructor will stop offering them.
Amid all the concerns about financing for public higher education in California, an article in the Los Angeles Times questions some of the priorities that get funds that might have gone to classroom-related expenses. Among the expenses: renovating a basketball arena and making up for a bad investment.
Several college towns in New Jersey are organizing a drive for legislation to charge colleges $100 for every full-time student and to give the funds to local towns to finance various services that colleges use, New Jersey.com reported. College officials are opposing the idea, saying that it would increase students' tuition costs.
The Republican candidates for governor are making an issue of the California law that allows those who attended the state's high schools for three years and graduated in California to enroll at public colleges at in-state tuition rates -- even if the students don't have the legal right to reside in the United States. The Sacramento Bee reported that one candidate, Meg Whitman, wants the students barred from enrolling. Her opponent, Steve Poizner, wants the students to lose in-state tuition rates. While the Republican candidates have been speaking out on the issue, the Bee noted that relatively few students in the state's colleges and universities have enrolled under the law.
In the wake of a series of racial incidents at University of California campuses, system officials may toughen student conduct rules to specifically bar hate crimes, the Associated Press reported. Vandalism and sexual and racial harassment are already banned, but system officials may explicitly ban acts designed to terrorize groups of people. Some of those acts might be hanging a noose, burning a cross or using symbols such as swastikas in ways that could frighten and intimidate. Officials said that any policy changes would also reflect First Amendment protections.
Just 14 Division I athletics programs were able to cover their overall expenses in 2008-9 only with money they generated -- excluding direct and indirect payments from general university funds, government support, and student fees, according to an analysis Friday by USA Today. That's down from 25 sports programs in 2007-8, and reflects the growing dependence of big-time sports programs on financial subsidies from their institutions. USA Today's new analysis also reveals that coaches' salaries are eating up ever-growing chunks of athletics budgets at colleges and universities in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.
Pay and benefits for those who lead British universities increased more than 10 percent last year, according to an analysis for Times Higher Education. The raises and substantial compensation packages are being discussed as the universities are facing deep cuts in their budgets.