Quick Takes: Tuition and Illegal Immigrants, Exchanges With Europe, TIAA-CREF Buys Planned Giving Firm, North Dakota to Division I, An Incoming President Withdraws, Montana State Students Sue Over Painting

June 23, 2006
  • The U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee announced plans Thursday to hold hearings on a range of immigration issues, including possible legislation that would allow illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities if their states offer the same benefit to residents of all other states. Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon said the hearings would take place in July and August, in Washington and in the Congressional districts of some of the panel's members.
  • The United States and the European Union on Wednesday signed an agreement to expand exchange and other joint programs and to work together on making accreditation and quality control systems work well across national borders.
  • TIAA-CREF, seeking to expand its presence in the area of planned giving, said Thursday that it was purchasing Kaspick & Company, which helps colleges and other nonprofit groups manage more than $3 billion in assets. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
  • The University of North Dakota, which is in the midst of a public war with the National Collegiate Athletic Association over its use of the Fighting Sioux nickname, has decided to move its entire sports program to Division I, the association's top competitive level. North Dakota's men's and women's hockey teams have long competed in Division I, but its 18 other teams play in Division II. A five-month review by a university panel concluded that North Dakota's peer institutions compete in Division I.
  • The incoming president of the Institute of American Indian Arts, scheduled to take office August 1, decided to walk away from the position this week, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet, former president of the Navajo Nation's Diné College, was chosen to take over the 215-student art institute in April, but trustees said this week that she would not take the job.
  • Three Montana State University students are suing two professors for libel over a painting by an art professor that portrays the students as "foolish weasels," the Associated Press reported. The painting was displayed prior the students' being cleared over allegations of having cheated on an assignment.
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