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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 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.

February 17, 2005
The internment of Japanese Americans in World War II remains a shameful episode in American history. In From Concentration Camp to Campus: Japanese American Students and World War II (University of Illinois Press), Allan W. Austin focuses on a positive event during the internments. More than 4,000 college students were allowed to leave the camps to enroll in colleges -- provided that the colleges would accept them and were not on the West Coast.

February 16, 2005
At a time of steadily rising tuitions, Saint Louis Christian College is going the other way -- all the way the other way.

February 16, 2005
Liberals are tired of getting their hats handed to them -- and not just in presidential elections, either.Today, Campus Progress, which is backed by the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank, opens a campaign to try to win back to liberalism the hearts and minds of American college students.

February 16, 2005
Honoring a labor boycott, the Organization of American Historians is moving its annual meeting from San Francisco to San Jose.

February 16, 2005
A new contract at Temple will make tenure harder to get -- and provide new benefits for full-timers off the tenure track.

February 16, 2005
Rep. John Boehner told a group of college presidents Tuesday that members of Congress are tired of hearing from constituents who can't figure out why their children can't transfer credit from one institution to another."We hear about it nonstop," Boehner (R-Ohio) said. He said that both of his daughters were "caught up" in the issue, thinking that they were taking courses that would transfer -- only to find out that wasn't the case.

February 16, 2005
Harvard's president hears a barrage of criticism from angry professors.

February 15, 2005
Margaret Spellings gave her first address to a college audience Monday, telling college presidents that they should work to provide better information about their institutions, and that they should back President Bush's budget plans.

February 15, 2005
While many colleges go dry, Colby is letting students enjoy wine and beer -- in moderation -- in campus dining halls.

February 15, 2005
For five years, graduate students facing stress or feeling suicidal have had a hotline that they could call 24/7.On Monday, the founders of the hotline announced that they had turned it over to another group. While about 50 universities have publicized the service, many others have declined to do so because it was created by a religious organization, the Campus Crusade for Christ. The hotline organizers decided it would be best to find a secular home for the hotline, so it could reach more people.

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