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February 25, 2005
The report's language is unambiguous: "At every step -- eligibility, admission, enrollment, and graduation -- Hispanic and black students fare worse than white and Asian students in the University of California System."For the California State University system, Hispanic students are underrepresented. And while the state's community colleges do reflect the ethnic and racial mix of the state's high school graduates, Hispanic and black students are less likely to transfer to four-year institutions than are white students.

February 24, 2005
NYU, the first private institution to reach a contract with a T.A. union, may try to make that pact its last.

February 24, 2005
A graduate student discovers that a 19th-century novelist who has been hailed as an early black female writer was actually white.

February 24, 2005
City officials sue the university over its expansion plans.

February 24, 2005
Having abandoned one general education exam in December, ETS announces a replacement.

February 23, 2005
A report about physics suggests that women are leaving the field early, between high school and college.

February 23, 2005
Support fell by more than 10 percent in 2003, to $14.3 billion, but education remained the top category for grants.

February 23, 2005
Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard's embattled president, apologized to faculty members Tuesday not only for his comments about women and science, but for a management style that many have said is too domineering.

February 23, 2005
Carnegie Mellon said the university never provided funds for a hateful speaker. But one of its research centers had pledged support. 

February 22, 2005
We asked university presses to tell us about authors under 40 publishing significant works. Our debut is a 24 year old who studied Oprah.

February 22, 2005
A state university system's bid to help undergraduates finish in four years is expected to lead to a boom in "hybrid" distance education.

February 22, 2005
A student at Ohio State University decided to protest policies there by putting the institution's president, Karen Holbrook, up for auction on eBay, the Associated Press reports. The posting was removed Monday, after bidding had hit millions of dollars.Some enterprising college students are applying the eBay concept to items students would want to buy and sell.

February 21, 2005
Faculty panel rejects phasing out the teaching of ancient Greek -- and sees "incalculable" damage from the way cuts were proposed.

February 21, 2005
Southern Methodist University holds a special, and ignominious, place in National Collegiate Athletic Association history, as the group's most-punished sports program and the only institution ever to receive the "death penalty."In one fell swoop, the University of Minnesota could become SMU's equal.

February 18, 2005
Measure would create new program for community colleges, though other institutions are eyeing the funds.

February 18, 2005
Bowing to faculty demands, Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers on Thursday released a transcript of his controversial remarks on women and science. He did so while releasing yet another apology for those remarks and as the head of the Harvard Corporation released a statement backing Summers.

February 18, 2005
Colleges have become "dramatically more market-oriented," and risk sacrificing important values to the quest for money, warns a report issued Thursday."Many academic leaders feel compelled to chase revenues and rankings rather than to focus their efforts on providing a high-quality education," says the report, "Correcting Course: How We Can Restore the Ideals of Public Higher Education in a Market-Driven Era," issued by the Futures Project, a higher education research group based at Brown University.

February 18, 2005
A New York court requires Cornell to make public some documents related to one of its state funded colleges.

February 18, 2005
A Government Accountability Office report released Friday finds that the average time foreign scholars and students must wait for a key federal visa review has shrunk to about two weeks from more than two months last year, according to the Associated Press.

February 17, 2005
Whenever a spate of recruiting or academic scandals hits college sports, critics typically suggest that "everybody does it" and defenders of the sports enterprise write off the wrongdoers as being among a relative handful of "bad apples."Which is closer to the truth? Judging by one measure -- the number of big-time sports programs that committed major violations and were punished for them by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the first five years of this decade -- the truth is somewhere in between, but probably closer to the former than the latter.

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