Quick Takes: ETS to Pay Millions for Errors in Teacher Test, Pell Recipients Up 33% Since 2000, Bancroft Prizes, Actors Studio Will Start MFA at Pace, Abortion Compromise at Bowling Green, Ontario 2-Year College Strike Continues, Bob Jones Bars Starbucks

March 15, 2006
  • The Educational Testing Service has agreed to pay $11.1 million to settle a class action suit over errors in its primary teacher-licensing test, The New York Times reported. The funds will be used to compensate teachers who lost jobs or some wages because of their incorrect test scores. The Times reported that 27,000 people who took the test in 2003-4 received scores that were incorrectly low, and that more than 4,000 of these people were incorrectly told that they had failed.
  • The number of Pell Grant recipients has increased 33 percent since 2000, according to an analysis in USA Today of growing participation rates in a range of federal programs.
  • Columbia University on Tuesday announced the 2006 winners of the Bancroft Prizes -- one of the top honors in the field of history. The winners are Erskine Clarke, a professor of American religious history at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Georgia, for Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic (Yale University Press); Odd Arne Westad, a professor of history at the London School of Economics and Political Science, for The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Time (Cambridge University Press); and Sean Wilentz, director of the American studies program at Princeton University, for The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln (Norton).
  • Pace University and the Actors Studio have announced that they will jointly launch an MFA program. The collaboration follows the move of the studio's Bravo television show, "Inside the Actors Studio," to a Pace facility. The renowned acting program was formerly affiliated with the New School, but those two institutions parted ways a year ago.
  • In a compromise, Bowling Green State University has announced that the health insurance plan it offers students will not cover abortions, but that students may pay an extra fee for abortion coverage, the Associated Press reported.
  • With the strike of faculty members at Ontario's community colleges continuing, administrators are promising that students will not lose a semester of courses -- and that administrators will start teaching soon, if necessary to keep students on schedule, The Globe and Mail reported. Many classes have been called off because of the strike.
  • Bob Jones University has banned Starbucks from being sold on its campus because one of a series of quotations on cups used by the chain endorses gay rights, WHNS reported. In September, Baylor University made a similar decision.
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