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March 21, 2005
U. of California, which helped prompt changes to the SAT, now questions dependence on PSAT in awarding National Merit Scholarships.

March 21, 2005
After a week of lobbying failed to win over skeptical lawmakers, the University of Maine System on Friday postponed a plan to fold the University of Maine at Augusta into the University of Southern Maine. In exchange, the merger's leading opponents in the legislature said they would let the system carry out the rest of its strategic plan.

March 21, 2005
New data show just how unequally child-care responsibilities fall on male and female professors.

March 21, 2005
Some scholars are organizing alternative locations for sessions at a major philosophy meeting, to honor a labor union request.

March 21, 2005
Students at a community college in Los Angeles want to know why a division of Playboy was allowed to shoot a video on their institution's baseball field. The answer? $5,000.

March 21, 2005
Private colleges have more space per student than public colleges, according to an inventory prepared by the Society for College and University Planning. The study is based on data from more than 200 colleges of various types.The U.S. patent and trademark office released its annual ranking of the top 10 universities in patents. For 2004, as in 2003, the University of California led the list.

March 18, 2005
The new economic market in higher education may lead one liberal arts college to sell its adult education programs to another.

March 18, 2005
House and Senate budget resolutions set differing directions, promising a showdown that could affect education programs.

March 18, 2005
The American College Health Association recommended Thursday that colleges vaccinate all freshmen living in dormitories for meningococcal meningitis, following a similar recommendation last month by a panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

March 18, 2005
A publisher announces suits over sales of special text guides -- with test answers -- that are available only to professors, but being sold online by students.

March 18, 2005
A study finds that alcohol contributed to the deaths of 1,700 college students in 2001.

March 18, 2005
A Congressional hearing suggests an easing of visa problems but a looming crisis in U.S. competitiveness.

March 17, 2005
Columbia prizes honor works on antebellum Virginia, race and the Supreme Court, and Southern intellectualism.

March 17, 2005
Oberlin embarks on a plan to improve its finances and academics -- in part by getting a little smaller. Critics fear key values are at risk.

March 17, 2005
A study in Iowa suggests that low-income students take less financial aid than they need. Wealthier students, though, take more.

March 17, 2005
Brown's coach discourages wrestlers from joining a fraternity, drawing cries of discrimination.

March 17, 2005
If Lawrence H. Summers needs a support group, he could easily find other presidents who watched their faculties vote "no confidence" in them -- and survived.However humiliating and damaging Tuesday's vote may have been to Harvard's president -- and experts agree that it was both of those things -- he may well keep his job for years to come. The Harvard Corporation, the university's board, issued a statement backing Summers. And many think that board backing is the norm after such a vote.

March 16, 2005
The student body now elects the editor of The Daily Texan. A pending change troubles some selected in the past.

March 16, 2005
Direct lending supporters accuse some lenders of delays on consolidation; Democrats and Republicans trade charges in Congress.

March 16, 2005
A faculty vote goes against Harvard's president; Summers asks professors to work with him.

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