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January 18, 2005
A year ago, the University of Virginia joined the growing list of selective institutions altering their financial aid policies to make them friendlier to students from low-income families. Now it has decided that it needs to do even more, and do it sooner, than originally planned.

January 17, 2005
There is no such thing as an offhanded comment from a White House spokesman.So when Trent Duffy, in explaining Friday that President Bush would seek to bolster the Pell Grant program in part by reducing the subsidies paid to lenders in the student-loan program, called the subsidies "excessive" and described the loan industry as "very profitable," the political winds surrounding the student-loan programs continued to shift.

January 14, 2005
SUNY's chancellor won't get a sabbatical, but SUNY might get a new chancellor.

January 13, 2005
"Upwardly Mobile Academic" consists of brief e-mail interviews with newly named presidents about their career paths and philosophies. Kermit L. Hall has just been named president of the State University of New York at Albany. A historian of the federal court system, Hall has been president of Utah State University since 2000.Q: You were selected for the Albany job after missing out on the University of Tennessee presidency, a search in which you criticized the process. Can you compare the two search processes?

January 13, 2005
Buck up, Les Miles -- you have to start somewhere.Miles, Louisiana State University's new football coach, will earn at least $1.25 million a year under the seven-year deal that the university has offered him, LSU announced Wednesday. The university's Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the deal January 20.

January 12, 2005
A new program to ease the transfer of community college students to elite institutions is on the horizon.

January 12, 2005
The weak dollar is taking a toll on American students abroad and Chinese students in Europe.

January 12, 2005
The manager of Harvard's mammoth endowment, his millions in compensation under attack, heads for the private sector.

January 12, 2005
Colleges that allow high school GPAs to be adjusted for honors or AP courses may be unintentionally discriminating against low-income applicants.

January 11, 2005
An online database provides a glimpse into the discipline's future.

January 11, 2005
New data on doctorates awarded in 2003 are encouraging for efforts to diversify faculties. The number of black and Hispanic Ph.D.s are up, especially among black women, and the long-term gains are impressive.

January 11, 2005
The budget unveiled by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Monday pleased California's universities but left community colleges a little short.

January 10, 2005
2 papers dispute the conventional wisdom about a recent series of scandals involving historians.

January 10, 2005
Alumni and faculty members at Louisiana College are locked in a battle with trustees over the institution's future.

January 10, 2005
There's a surprising source for research on controversial topics in higher education: economists. In their journals and at their scholarly meetings, they are spending a lot of time analyzing issues that are important to many academics. The American Economic Association met this weekend in Philadelphia. Here are some of the findings of interest to academics who aren't economists:

January 10, 2005
Big news in the gaming world is that Sims is coming out with a "University" game.

January 9, 2005
Facing growing international criticism, a union will hold another vote

January 8, 2005
The flow of athletes -- especially male basketball players -- between community colleges and Division I sports programs has been a somewhat shadowy and underreported element of the sports landscape for two decades.

January 7, 2005
Yet another effort to change college sports -- this one led by faculty members -- got under way Thursday.

January 7, 2005
The latest Web sites to attack academics who criticize Israel focuses on academics in Israel.


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