Quick Takes: Education Budget Plan for Now, New Division III Group, Diversity Guide, Intellectual Diversity Questioned, Court Remands Default Case, Strike at Stanford, Lehigh Class President Arrested for Bank Robbery, Coach Pleads Guilty in Scam

December 13, 2005
  • House and Senate negotiators agreed Monday on a revised appropriations plan for spending on education and biomedical research, Bloomberg reported, but the plan may soon be overtaken by other plans for across-the-board spending cuts. The new plan is largely similar to one that the House of Representatives rejected last month and it is a plan that most college leaders argue is woefully inadequate.
  • Eight universities plan to announce today that they are creating a new Division III athletic conference, the Associated Press reported. The yet-to-be named conference will begin in the fall of 2007 in all sports except football. The institutions that are joining are: Catholic, Drew, and Susquehanna Universities; Goucher, Juniata, and Moravian Colleges; Stevens Institute of Technology; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
  • The College Board on Monday released a guide covering the legal and educational issues involved with efforts to admit and retain a diverse student body. The guide is available free online.
  • The American Council of Trustees and Alumni on Monday released a report saying that colleges were doing little to follow up on a statement issued by a coalition of higher education groups in which the organizations endorsed the concept of intellectual diversity on campus.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday directed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to reconsider a case it had decided involving the government's ability to withhold Social Security payments to a borrower who had defaulted on student loans in light of the high court's ruling last week in a similar case.
  • Hundreds of custodians, food service workers and hospital employees at Stanford University held a one-day strike Monday, to demand better terms for a contract currently being negotiated, The San Jose Mercury News reported.
  • A sophomore who is the president of his class at Lehigh University has been arrested and charged with a bank robbery on Friday, the Associated Press reported.
  • The former men's basketball coach at Barton County Community College pleaded guilty Monday to four federal charges of embezzlement and fraud stemming from a scandal in which athletes at the college illegally received financial aid, according to The Wichita Eagle. Ryan Wolf faces combined penalties of 45 years in jail and $1 million in fines, though the government recommended leniency as a part of his plea agreement.
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