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March 15, 2005
A new study from the University of Toronto suggests that higher education -- and lots of it -- may prevent memory loss as we age.The study involved putting groups of young adults (aged 18 to 30) and older adults (65 and up) through various memory tests. At the same time, the researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to study brain activity in the two groups. Later, results were compared based on educational attainment.

March 15, 2005
Two-thirds of teams in NCAA men's basketball tourney graduate fewer than 50% of their players, Knight Commission finds.

March 15, 2005
Did the new SAT leave students famished, satisfied or feeling like they had inside information on the essay? All of the above.

March 15, 2005
A new Education Department report reveals rapidly rising tuitions, led (proportionally) by public and for-profit colleges.

March 15, 2005
The median salary for mid-level administrators increased 3.0 percent this year, compared to 2.1 percent last year, according to a new report.

March 14, 2005
The University of Colorado and Ward Churchill were on the verge of a deal for him to quit when talks fell apart after plagiarism charges emerged.

March 14, 2005
A 2003 investigation by the University of Pennsylvania uncovered significant evidence of possible sexual harassment by a prominent medical researcher just six months after another investigation cleared the professor, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday. Penn officials denied suggestions that the earlier investigation had ignored possible misconduct by Tracy K.

March 14, 2005
A criminology course at the University of Northern Colorado is the setting for one of David Horowitz's favorite stories.As he tells it, a required essay on a mid-term exam was for students to "explain why George Bush is a war criminal." A student submitted an essay on why Saddam Hussein was a war criminal and she received an F.

March 14, 2005
The new SAT was given for the first time Saturday; to many students, the much-publicized writing test wasn't that big a deal.

March 14, 2005
Edward Waters College wins round in U.S. court, temporarily staving off loss of accreditation.

March 11, 2005
Moving expeditiously, the full chamber approves a vocational education bill.

March 11, 2005
Football coaches forced athletes to practice excessively and athletes got $73,000 in books they did not need.

March 11, 2005
It's not often that National Collegiate Athletic Association officials get dragged before Congress and come out smelling like a rose. But that's what happened Thursday at a House hearing on the use of anabolic steroids in sports, and the NCAA has Major League Baseball to thank.Members of two House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittees raked baseball officials over the coals at the hearing, condemning the league repeatedly for doing too little, and too late, to uncover steroid use and to punish those found to have used the muscle-building drugs.

March 11, 2005
The percentage of high school sophomores who plan to earn a bachelor's degree or higher reached 72 percent in 2002, up from 59 percent in 1990 and 41 percent in 1980.The data are from an Education Department report released Thursday that focuses on the aspirations and skills of high school sophomores.

March 11, 2005
State efforts to eliminate affirmative action may focus on race, but they can also destroy programs for female students, says a new report.

March 11, 2005
An anti-Semitic Web site is publishing photographs and biographies of Jewish faculty members at UCLA's law school.

March 10, 2005
The Education Department's proposal to start charging a variable interest rate instead of a fixed, low rate to borrowers who combine multiple federal student loans into one is a "viable option for reducing federal costs" in student loan programs, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a February letter to Republican lawmakers, who had requested the review.

March 10, 2005
Cuts in California's Ventura County Community College District infuriate professors and students.

March 10, 2005
For months now, Brandeis professors have been riled by the possibility that key liberal arts programs -- including instruction in ancient Greek -- would be eliminated. Now the dean who put those ideas up for consideration has withdrawn them.Adam Jaffe, dean of arts and sciences, recently told faculty members that they no longer needed to view these ideas as being under active consideration. Linguistics and a music composition program also faced elimination and several other departments faced possible reductions in size.

March 10, 2005
American higher education, long the envy of the world, faces such serious problems -- especially with graduation rates -- that its position is vulnerable, says a report being released today.The report calls for the creation of new accountability systems in higher education to track problems and progress, and to help lawmakers focus necessary attention on weaknesses. At the same time, the report says that many current accountability systems do little good and end up wasting time and money.

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