Quick Takes: Stanford Starts Study of Academic Couples, NCATE Accredits Western Governors, Hawkins Will Retire From Educause, LA District Chancellor Will Quit, DARPA Restores Prize Money

November 7, 2006

  • Stanford University has started a survey of 30,000 faculty members at 12 research universities to examine how academics balance work and family obligations. The survey is being designed to provide information on how top universities can better recruit and retain academic couples. The study is based at Stanford's Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research.
  • The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has granted accreditation to Western Governors University, a distance institution and the first non-traditional university ever to receive recognition from NCATE. Western Governors currently has teacher education students preparing for licensure in all 50 states.
  • Brian L. Hawkins on Monday announced that he would retire as president of Educause, the leading technology association for colleges, at the end of the 2007-8 academic year. Hawkins was the founding president of Educause, which was created by the merger of Educom and CAUSE in 1998.
  • Darroch (Rocky) Young, who was named chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District last year, has announced that he will retire from the position in August. He cited the need to spend more time with his family and a desire to return to his "professional roots" by being back on a campus, teaching. With 130,000 students, the Los Angeles district is one of the most prominent in the community college world. Young's appointment was widely hailed last year -- he has spent his entire career with community colleges in California.
  • The Pentagon can give prize money for its robot car race after all. Reuters reported that Pentagon officials said that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency had been incorrect in thinking that prizes had to be eliminated. Now, $1 million in prize money will be available for the races, which are popular with teams of college students.


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