Quick Takes: Mass. Considers Aid Shift, Colorado Indictments, NCAA Rejects Appeal on Indiana U. of Pa. Mascot, U.S. Senate Pushes NIH Funding, Chatham Drops SAT Requirement, From Annapolis to Oxford

November 21, 2005
  • Massachusetts higher education officials are considering a plan to shift millions of dollars from aid programs that benefit low- and middle-income students to programs that benefit only low-income students, The Boston Globe reported. The move comes at a time that many states have been criticized for spending too much of their aid funds on students who may not need financial assistance.
  • A University of Colorado at Denver administrator and one former administrator were indicted last week on embezzlement charges that they arranged for two former employees to receive severance pay to which they were not entitled, The Rocky Mountain News reported.
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania will remain on the list of institutions the National Collegiate Athletic Association deems to use "hostile" and "abusive" Native American imagery, the association announced Friday. It acknowledged the university's argument that its "Indians" nickname was tied to its name and location in the town and county of Indiana, Pa., but said the NCAA's staff still believed the use of the name "would be construed as a stereotypical reference to Native Americans." Indiana's president, Tony Atwater, released a statement saying that the NCAA's ruling "appears to be definitive," and that Indiana was considering its options.
  • The Senate on Friday instructed its representatives on a House-Senate panel drafting a new compromise version of a 2006 spending bill for education and health programs to ensure that the measure provides $29.4 billion for the National Institutes of Health. That is nearly $800 million more than was included for the NIH in a compromise bill that the House rejected on Thursday.
  • Chatham College announced last week that it would no longer require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. Applicants who do not want to submit the standardized test scores may instead submit graded high school papers, portfolios of their work or descriptions of their extracurricular activities.
  • Three students and one recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy were among the 32 winners of Rhodes Scholarships announced Saturday. Harvard University and Ivy institutions have traditionally dominated the Rhodes competition, but this year's results reflected the recent trend of more winners from a broader range of institutions. Among the institutions that had winners this year are Gettysburg, Wabash and Wheaton (Mass.) Colleges, Nebraska Wesleyan University, and the University of Pittsburgh.
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