Quick Takes: Decline in Black Freshmen Stuns UCLA, Taylor U. Defends Role in Post-Crash Error, Court Upholds Knight Firing, Basic Research Funds Drop, Turnover in Texas, Scrutiny for Pittsburgh Community College, Capital President Out, G8 on Education

June 5, 2006
  • Only 2 percent of students enrolling this fall at the University of California at Los Angeles are black, the lowest level since at least 1973, the Los Angeles Times reported.
  • Taylor University officials acknowledged Friday that they had played a role in a bizarre botched identification of two students: one who really died in a crash in April (but was believed to have survived) and the other who survived but was believed to have died. The two women had similar features. The Indianapolis Star reported that Taylor officials did make identifications of the women, but expected coroners to confirm those identifications forensically.
  • Indiana University trustees did not violate the state open meetings law in the days leading up to the 2000 firing of Bob Knight, the former men's basketball coach, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled. A group of several dozen alumni had challenged the trustees' actions as a way of fighting the dismissal of the popular but controversial coach.
  • Federal spending on basic research appears to have declined by about 1 percent in the 2006 fiscal year, according to a National Science Foundation report released Friday.
  • Bruce Leslie quit as chancellor of Houston Community College last week, following what is being described as an amicable disagreement with his board, The Houston Chronicle reported. The resignation comes a month after the chancellor of the Dallas Community College District quit.
  • The board of the Community College of Allegheny County, in Pittsburgh, voted Friday to follow the state's open-records law and to order an outside audit, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The moves follow criticism of the college's spending on some projects while cutting other parts of its budget.
  • Theodore L. Fredrickson quit as president of Capital University Friday, just days after the Ohio university's chief financial officer quit. Capital has been facing deficits for several years.
  • Education ministers from the leading Western industrialized nations -- including the United States -- on Friday issued a joint declaration on the importance of education and of international cooperation of education.
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