Quick Takes: Tulane Announces Re-Opening Plan, Boston U. President Pledges to Study Salary Inequities, ETS Moves Ahead on Tech Test, California Patent Upheld, Campaign for 'Sweat-Free' Factories, Siena Bans Outdoor Drinking (of Anything)

September 29, 2005
  • Tulane University announced a plan Wednesday to start its spring semester -- on schedule -- on January 17, with an orientation before that for freshmen who never had their regular orientation this fall. In addition, the university will have a special summer session -- tuition-free for students who have paid Tulane tuition for both semesters of this academic year -- to allow students who missed time because of Hurricane Katrina to either catch up or accelerate their studies.
  • Robert Brown, president of Boston University, pledged Wednesday to study and respond to a faculty report about salary gaps between BU professors and colleagues at comparable institutions, and between male and female professors at the university. A faculty panel found that university professors make 7.1 percent less, on average, than professors at other private doctoral universities, and that the salaries of female professors lag behind those of their male counterparts at all faculty ranks."As a university, we have to determine what we can afford in order to make our compensation more competitive," said Brown. "But what we cannot afford, and what we have to fix, is any inequity based on gender."
  • The Educational Testing Service announced Wednesday that a revised version of its technology literacy test will be available in January. The test is being developed to help colleges measure the skills of their students and plan appropriate programs for them.
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has affirmed a lucrative University of California patent for technology that plays a key role in Web browsers. The university and Microsoft have been involved in litigation over the patent.
  • United Students Against Sweatshops has announced a new campaign for college clothing to be produced at "sweat-free" factories. The campaign kicked off Wednesday at 40 colleges and universities.
  • Get a paper bag to hide that latté. Siena College is banning outdoor drinking, not just of booze, but of everything. The Albany Times-Union reported that the move is part of an effort to improve security on campus.
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