Quick Takes: Senate Action on NSF, Merit Scholarships Criticized, Ouster at Manoa

June 24, 2005
  • The Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation Thursday that would increase spending on the National Science Foundation's research programs in the 2006 fiscal year to $4.345 billion, an increase of $125 million over the 2005 total, and provide $747 million for the agency's education and human resources directorate, $94.4 million below the 2005 figure. A competing measure that passed the House of Representatives this month would provide $4.38 billion for the NSF's research programs and $807 million for its education programs.
  • Faculty leaders want the University of California to stop participating in the National Merit Scholarship Program, The San Francisco Chronicle reported. The merit scholarship program has been under attack for its reliance on standardized test scores and the impact that using those scores has on minority candidates for the scholarships.
  • Peter Englert, chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will not have his contract renewed, according to an article in The Honolulu Advertiser. Englert has been criticized for his management style and his support of a major Navy research facility.
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