Quick Takes: Registrars and Students Oppose Higher Ed Bill, Oxford Creates Investment Fund, Affordability in U.S. and Canada, Still Crusading at Northwest Nazarene

March 28, 2006
  • The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers and several faculty unions and student groups took out an advertisement today in several publications -- including this Web site -- urging members of the House of Representatives to vote No on legislation to renew the Higher Education Act, which lawmakers are expected to take up tomorrow. The groups, including the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, the State Public Interest Research Groups and the United States Student Association, blasts the legislation for doing too little to help students afford college and for "eliminating critical fraud protections that stop students from being ripped off by fly-by-night schools." The registrars' group took out a second ad that criticizes a provision in the bill that it says would dictate colleges' policies on transfer of credit. AACRAO and the other groups became the latest higher education associations to formally oppose the bill.
  • The University of Oxford on Monday created a new investment fund, modeled on those of top American universities, to more aggressively manage the money of its colleges, The Independent reported. Oxford's colleges have traditionally managed their own funds, and done so conservatively, and organizers hope that by pooling their efforts and taking a more ambitious approach, Oxford could see the kinds of returns many American institutions have enjoyed.
  • Public four-year colleges are more affordable, on the whole, in the United States than in Canada, according to a study to be released today by the Educational Policy Institute. The study ranks the 50 United States and 10 Canadian provinces (the District of Columbia is apparently left out) based on an index that includes education and living costs, grants, loans and other subsidies available to residents, and median household income. The report found the five most affordable states to be (from first to fifth) New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia, and the most affordable Canadian province to be Quebec.
  • The board of Northwest Nazarene University, in Idaho, has announced that it will keep its "Crusader" mascot and team name, but will examine the way the name is used to avoid associations with the crusades of the 11th to 13th centuries. The board studied the issue amid concern that the name was offensive to some.
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