Quick Takes: Foundation Efforts, Beer Ads, Title IX, Reality-Show Style Scholarship, Summers Satire

  • The Ford Foundation has announced a new program to promote "pluralism and academic freedom" in higher education.
  • April 4, 2005
  • The Ford Foundation has announced a new program to promote "pluralism and academic freedom" in higher education. Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to colleges that "create a campus environment where sensitive subjects can be discussed in a spirit of open scholarly inquiry and intellectual rigor and with respect for different viewspoints." In other foundation news, The New York Times reported that grants by foundations increased in 2004, following two years of declines.
  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association is again facing criticism for accepting beer advertising during its televised sports events, The Indianapolis Star reported. Critics say beer companies have too much influence over the NCAA, but the association defends the advertising, saying that, among other things, the ads end up paying for alcohol education programs at colleges.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics has released a User's Guide for Developing Student Interest Surveys Under Title IX. The guide was used by the Education Department in developing controversial new ways for college athletics programs to comply with federal anti-bias laws.
  • Bellevue University, in Nebraska, is offering a "Career Makeover" scholarship. Panels of judges will determine finalists based on essays people write on how a college degree would help them. Members of the public in the Omaha region will then get to pick the winner, who will get a full-tuition scholarship for an undergraduate or graduate degree at the university -- and a new Chevrolet Cobalt.
  • April 1 brings humor to many college newspapers as they publish "joke issues." We don't want to describe this article from The Brown Daily Herald because we don't want people searching our archives to think it's real. But those following the debate over Harvard's president may enjoy this.
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