Quick Takes: $30M More for Hurricane-Damaged Colleges, Rescue at a Party, Leave for Tusculum President, Guide to Branch Campuses Abroad, Australian Branch in Singapore Shuts Down

May 24, 2007
  • Federal legislation to provide additional funds to finance the war in Iraq also contains $30 million in new money for colleges and universities dealing with the lingering effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The legislation, which is poised to pass Congress by week's end, would make money available for Gulf Coast institutions through the U.S. Education Department's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. The money could be used to cover losses not already covered by the $250 million in funds that Congress has previously appropriated through supplemental bills or through insurance or other funds. Cynthia A. Littlefield, director of federal relations at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, who has been instrumental in securing the money, said the New Orleans and other institutions would be "extremely grateful" for the new funds.
  • A column in The San Jose Mercury News details the experience of three women at De Anza College who rescued a 17-year-old girl from a group of men, some of whom may have been De Anza athletes, at a party. No charges are being filed in the incident.
  • Dolphus E. Henry, president of Tusculum College, has been placed on leave, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. While reasons for the leave have not been disclosed, the move follows a vote of no confidence by faculty members.
  • The American Council on Education has released "Venturing Abroad: Delivering U.S. Degrees Through Overseas Branch Campuses and Programs," reviewing the educational, legal and financial issues involved with this increasingly popular approach to higher education growth.
  • Australia's University of New South Wales is shutting down is Singapore campus -- into which it invested millions -- after just one semester, because enrollment did not take off as expected, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
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