Quick Takes: Budget Jockeying, California Admissions Reform, AAUP Protests Visa Denial, Exposed to TB, $75M for Westmont, Hopkins Ups Goal to $3.2B, Capella Plans IPO, Frosh Beanies Return to Wabash

October 30, 2006
  • The leaders of the six major higher education associations that represent institutions have sent the Bush administration a letter outlining priorities for the 2008 fiscal budget. Among the priorities: Pell Grants, international education, science research, job training and the National Endowment for the Humanities. With work on the fiscal 2007 budget not done, 57 senators have written to Senate leaders asking for more money for the appropriations bill that supports the Education Department and the National Institutes of Health.
  • A group of University of California professors released a proposal Friday to shift the system's admissions policies so that fewer applicants would become eligible based on grades and test scores alone, The San Jose Mercury News reported. The professors, who are concerned about drops in black and Latino enrollment since the state barred affirmative action, want more consideration of applicants' personal qualities.
  • The American Association of University Professors is protesting another scholar's visa denial to federal officials. In this case, Adam Habib of the South African Human Sciences Research Council was denied entry to the United States when he arrived October 21. A letter from the AAUP noted that Habib had previously entered the United States many times, and was coming to work with academic groups. The letter urged federal officials to "remove barriers" to the visits of foreign scholars to the United States.
  • Eleven students at Missouri Southern State University tested positive last week for exposure to the bacteria that causes tuberculosis, but none of these students have symptoms of the disease, the Associated Press reported. The students were among 200 students and employees who were tested after a student living in a dormitory was confirmed to have TB. That student is recovering and is expected to return to the university.
  • Westmont College, a Christian liberal arts institution in Santa Barbara, Calif., has received an anonymous $75 million gift, to build and endow facilities. Previously, the largest gift Westmont had received was for $10 million.
  • Johns Hopkins University, which met the goal of its $2 billion fund raising campaign in December, two years ahead of schedule, has decided to increase its target to $3.2 billion. Hopkins joins Columbia, Cornell, Stanford and Yale Universities, and the University of Virginia, in having campaigns with targets of at least $3 billion.
  • Capella Education announced plans Friday for an initial public offering. Reuters reported that the online institution's plans call for offering 4 million common shares, between $17.50 and $19.50 each.
  • Wabash College, an Indiana institution that is one of the country's few all-male colleges, has restored the tradition of beanies for freshmen, The Christian Science Monitor  reported. Students are generally pleased with the revival of the practice -- and a college senior came up with the idea, the newspaper said.
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