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March 7, 2005
A community college district abandons a program in Spain, citing terror and cost concerns. One trustee blames Spain's withdrawal of troops in Iraq.

March 4, 2005
Rumors about "hunts" for illegal immigrants lead to protests at the University of Texas.

March 4, 2005
Much of traditional academe doesn't know what to make of for-profit higher education. Is it to be emulated or feared? Gary A. Berg, dean of extended education at California State University Channel Islands, studied the sector -- and received extensive access to University of Phoenix administrators and faculty members. The result is Lessons From the Edge: For-Profit and Nontraditional Higher Education in America, recently published as part of the American Council on Education/Praeger Series on Higher Education.

March 4, 2005
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that that it has proposed a $171,050 fine against Plymouth State University, for violating federal and state hazardous waste laws.

March 4, 2005
An ad in The New York Times features a swastika and suggests that Jewish students face increasing danger. Not everyone agrees.

March 3, 2005
Colleges raised $24.4 billion in 2004; giving by individuals and corporations was up, while foundation giving fell.

March 3, 2005
A lender-financed report concludes that government accountants underestimate costs of direct loan program.

March 3, 2005
Lots of colleges brag about undergraduate research, but particularly in the sciences, separating the substance from the fluff is a challenge. Outside validation helps, and Cody Locke's work on epilepsy research at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa has it.

March 3, 2005
Auburn eliminates jobs for two black athletics officials, sets off a debate about bias at the university, and finds itself a target for Al Sharpton.

March 2, 2005
Six years after a bid to unionize teaching assistants was defeated, petitions are filed for a new vote.

March 2, 2005
Hundreds of students held a rally at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Tuesday night to protest an attack last week on a gay student.The student was walking along a main street near the campus early Friday morning.

March 2, 2005
A for-profit college based in California has purchased a Catholic liberal arts college in Iowa.

March 1, 2005
The university becomes the latest to announce a major expansion of assistance for low-income students.

March 1, 2005
George Mason University is opening a degree granting college in the United Arab Emirates.

March 1, 2005
The NCAA unveils revamped system for measuring the academic progress of athletes, and 51% of colleges risk losing scholarships.

March 1, 2005
Programs to train the next generation of community college deans and presidents either don't exist or are too small, warns a report.

February 28, 2005
University of Colorado officials find themselves boxed in a corner as they try to figure out what to do about Ward Churchill.

February 28, 2005
Nearly two years after their last contract expired, thousands of graduate students in the State University of New York system have a tentative pact calling for raises, new benefits and major expansions of some existing benefits.The contract provides the teaching assistants for the first time with a grievance procedure for those who are dismissed, full coverage of "in network" hospitalization, a fund to offset the growing cost of technology fees, and extra pay for those who live in the New York City metropolitan area.Financially, the teaching assistants will receive:

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 25, 2005
With a $20 million gift, the University of Michigan creates a research center that may shift the field.

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