Quick Takes: Court Upholds (But Critiques) College's Disciplinary Process, Ranking Universities Worldwide, Fla. Alters Policy on Community Colleges' 4-Year Degrees, Wisconsin Suspends Researcher Following Monkey Deaths

August 18, 2005
  • A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Medical University of Ohio did not violate a student's due process rights when it expelled him after he was convicted on felony drug charges. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit did not think much of the institution's treatment of the student, saying that its "procedural approach was consistent with the bare-minimum requirements of due process, though perhaps less-than-desirable for an institution of higher learning."
  • As U.S. News & World Report prepares to release its much-maligned (but closely watched) rankings of American colleges, the Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University has issued its third annual ranking of the world's top 500 universities. Harvard University topped the list, the University of Cambridge edged out Stanford University for No. 2, and American institutions filled 17 of the first 20 spots in the university's list, which is based on six criteria that include the number of its alumni and staff who have won Nobel or Fields Prizes and citations for its researchers in major publishing indexes in a range of disciplines.
  • State officials in Florida adopted new policies Tuesday that will require community colleges seeking to offer four-year degrees to gain Board of Education approval of the curriculum for each new program and to show that the proposed program meets a need in its area, the Palm Beach Post reported.
  • The University of Wisconsin at Madison suspended a researcher from experimenting with animals, following the deaths of at least three monkeys she had been studying, The Capital Times reported.
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