Quick Takes: Waiting on the College Board, Emergency Help for Compton, Impact of Eliminating Affirmative Action, Kent State Tells Athletes to Drop Facebook

June 27, 2006
  • The National Center for Fair & Open Testing on Monday issued a statement asking why the College Board has not released the findings of an audit it promised would identify any more changes needed in the wake of SAT scoring errors that have embarrassed the organization and upset many test takers. The center, known as FairTest, noted that College Board officials have said several times -- more than 90 days ago -- that Booz Allen Hamilton was conducting a thorough review that would identify any additional changes needed to prevent scoring snafus within 90 days. FairTest compared the College Board's promises about the report to students trying to get extra time on the SAT (something the College Board would never permit). A spokeswoman for the board said that the report was completed, but that the board could not comment on it because of pending litigation. The spokeswoman added that all reforms promised by College Board officials have been carried out.
  • California legislators are moving to approve a $30 million emergency loan for financially troubled Compton Community College, the Associated Press reported. Without the loan, the college may not be able to pay employees after the end of the month. Compton faces numerous financial and management problems, but the college plays a key role in an area with considerable poverty and limited educational options.
  • A new study from the University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women predicts major changes in education programs from elementary through graduate school if Michigan voters approve a measure to bar the use of affirmative action by agencies of state government.
  • Kent State University has ordered all of its athletes to abandon their profiles in Facebook, the popular social-networking site, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
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