Quick Takes: Emory Slashes Loan Burdens, More Controversy at Duke, Harvard's New Campus, Student Anger in California, Diversity (or Lack of) in Top Athletics Jobs, Governance Shift in Ohio, Physics Degrees Increase

January 12, 2007
  • Emory University, following the lead of a number of other institutions, on Thursday announced that it was eliminating the need for loans in the aid packages of students from families with income levels up to $50,000. The university also announced loan limits for those from families with incomes greater than $50,000 and up to $100,000.
  • Karla Holloway, a prominent faculty member at Duke University who has criticized athletic culture at the institution, has quit all university committees to protest the university's decision to allow two lacrosse players who were indicted after last year's notorious party to return to the university, The News & Observer reported. Holloway, a prominent member of the "Group of 88," also said that she has been the subject of abusive e-mail messages by those defending the lacrosse players, whose defense has seemed increasingly strong as more evidence has come out. Top Duke administrators met behind closed doors with faculty members Thursday to discuss issues of civility and free speech, the newspaper reported.
  • Harvard University on Thursday unveiled its most detailed plans yet for developping its new campus in Allston, where the university has been buying land to expand from nearby Cambridge. Major laboratory and other science facilities are planned, as is an arts complex. Full development will take about 50 years.
  • When he was running for re-election last year, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made much of his work with legislators to find money to cancel planned tuition increases for the University of California and California State University systems. Now that he's inaugurated for a full term, tuition increases don't bother him so much, and they were included in his budget plan for higher education, released Thursday. Student leaders are calling the budget "a betrayal," the Los Angeles Times reported. Community college fees would not increase under the plan.
  • Of the 119 Division IA colleges in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, 17 have non-white athletic directors, an all-time high, according to a report released Thursday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, at the University of Central Florida. But while the report noted progress in diversifying sports management positions, it also found that white people have the key positions. Within Division IA, white people make up 94.9 percent of presidents, 85.7 percent of athletic directors, 93.3 percent of faculty representatives, and 100 percent of conference commissioners.
  • The Ohio Board of Regents on Thursday called off plans to interview six finalists for the position of chancellor, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The board acted after legislative leaders and Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat who took office this month, indicated that they wanted to governor to make the selection, not the regents.
  • The number of bachelor's degrees in physics is up by 31 percent since 2000, according to data released this week by the American Institute of Physics. Those numbers could continue to rise because the institute also found that high school physics enrollments are increasing.
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