Quick Takes: Counselors Complain About SAT Length, More Disputes Over Affirmative Action in Michigan, Faculty Anger at Florida International, Universities Back Innovation Bill

December 16, 2005
  • Counelors from about 200 high schools nationwide have written to the College Board to ask that it consider allowing students to take the different parts of the new, longer SAT at separate times, The New York Times reported. The addition of a writing test pushed the time for the complete test to 3 hours and 45 minutes, and many students have said that is too long .
  • Amid protests from students who back affirmative action, Michigan's election board on Wednesday did not certify for November's ballots a measure that would bar affirmative action by public colleges and other state agencies, The Lansing State Journalreported. A state appeals court last month ordered the initiative to be placed on the ballot, rejecting the arguments of affirmative action supporters who say that many people who signed the petitions on behalf of the measure were duped into doing so. Supporters of the initiative now plan to return to court to get another order to place the measure on the ballot.
  • The Faculty Senate at Florida International University voted Tuesday to express "grave concerns" about the leadership of President Modesto Maidique, The Miami Herald reported. Faculty members say that the university is growing too quickly, given its financial resources. Maidique told the Herald that he would talk to professors about their concerns, but he also suggested that the vote was related to negotiations with the faculty union.
  • Two U.S. senators -- John Ensign of Nevada and Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut -- on Thursday introduced the National Innovation Act, which was praised by university groups. The act would, among other things, double authorization levels for the National Science Foundation, expand federal fellowships for graduate study in key areas, and encourage federal research agencies to support cutting-edge research. While the ideas in the bill have broad support in Congress, it is unclear whether any money will be found to support them.
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