Quick Takes: Muslim Group Slams Mich. State Prof for E-Mail, AP Availability in Calif. High Schools, Computer Security Breach at Texas Business School, More Wrongdoing Alleged at N.J. Medical School, Plan for Strengthening Developmental Education

April 25, 2006
  • The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called on Michigan State University Monday to take "appropriate disciplinary action" against an engineering professor who sent an inflammatory e-mail to a Muslim student group in which he referred to "slave-trading Moslems" and encouraged Muslims to return to the their "ancestral homelands." Michigan State officials condemned Indrek Wichman's  comments but said he had not violated university policy in making them.
  • Although the number of California high schools offering Advanced Placement courses rose significantly between 1997 and 2003, the proportion of all high schools in the state that offered such courses actually declined by 15 percent, according to a new report by the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute. The report also found that schools with the highest proportions of black and Latino students reported the least growth in the number of AP courses offered.
  • More than 106,000 students, alumni, and faculty and staff members at the University of Texas at Austin's business school had their Social Security numbers potentially exposed as part of a security breach, The Daily Texan reported. Nearly 200,000 accounts were exposed in total.
  • Another highly critical report has accused two officials at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey of committing fraud, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
  • College officials who specialize in developmental education should consider creating a single professional association to unify the work of the half-dozen groups that now exist and strengthen the role of the learning center directors, tutors and others who help underprepared students improve their academic skills, a report from a commission appointed by the American Council of Developmental Education Associations says.
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