Quick Takes: Seeking Support for Title IX, More Ethics in B-Schools, Indian Advocate Ousted at Idaho, President's Spending Questioned at Mercer County CC, Pentagon Database Criticized

October 19, 2005
  • Six former members of a federal commission that studied Title IX have written to college administrators to urge them not to use a newly sanctioned approach for demonstrating compliance with the federal gender-equity law, USA Today reported. The new approach involves the use of surveys, which many advocates for women's sports believe will be used to minimize colleges' investments in women's athletics.
  • The percentage of business schools requiring at least one course in ethics, corporate social responsibility, sustainability, or business and society is up to 54 percent this year, an increase from 45 percent in 2003, and 34 percent in 2001, according to Beyond Gray Pinstripes, a biennial survey of business schools that focuses on environmental and social issues and their place in the business school curriculum.
  • Several tribes in the Northwest are circulating petitions demanding the reinstatement of Isabel Bond, who was removed from the leadership of a University of Idaho program to help Native American students prepare for and succeed in college, the Associated Press reported. University officials say that the program was not well run, but Bond is widely respected and her programs have a strong reputation among Indians in the region.
  • The inspector general of Mercer County, N.J., released a report Monday criticizing spending by Robert Rose, president of Mercer County Community College. According to The Trenton Times, the report said that Rose inappropriately billed the college for parties held at his home and friend's houses. But Rose's lawyers told the Times that the report had numerous errors that unfairly characterized Rose's actions.
  • A coalition of groups concerned about privacy and civil liberties has written to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to protest a planned database that will gather information about students and their educational backgrounds. The proposed database -- which Pentagon officials have said is needed for recruitment -- poses a "threat to the personal privacy rights of a generation of American youth," according to a letter from the Privacy Coalition.
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