Quick Takes: What SUNY Lost at the Mayflower, DeVry Faces Inquiry, The Leading Higher Ed Metropolises

May 20, 2008
  • A few months ago, the State University of New York was anticipating an infusion of funds from the state, prompted by a special commission created by Gov. Elliot Spitzer. But as an article in The Albany TImes Union outlines, the months since Spitzer's downfall have left the system without a chief advocate for the plan -- at a time that a deteriorating state budget has hindered the ability of legislators to provide any extra funds. The topic of discussion these days is more likely to be managing budget cuts.
  • DeVry Inc., which operates colleges nationwide, has agreed to turn over to the U.S. Education Department various docments related to compensation for student recruiters and others, Bloomberg reported. DeVry announced that it is the subject of an inquiry based on allegations the department has received. While few details are available, the compensation for student recruitments has been controversial for many for-profit entities, in part because they are banned from offering incentive pay based on enrollments. DeVry said that while it doesn't know details of the allegations, it believes that it has done nothing wrong.
  • Among the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas, a handful of urban centers have maintained dominance in enrollment and research expenditures for more than 15 years, according to a report released today. The report, released by the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education, shows that a largely predictable group of metro areas -- including Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Atlanta -- led most other major city hubs in notable categories, including degrees awarded, between 1989 and 2005.
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