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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
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 Now the dean who put those ideas up for consideration has withdrawn them.Adam Jaffe, dean of arts and sciences, recently told faculty members that they no longer needed to view these ideas as being under active consideration.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.

March 10, 2005
In the prevailing climate of recent Congresses, dominated by the push for belt tightening and the shift of power to the states, college officials and other beneficiaries of federal funds tend to shudder when lawmakers use the words "streamline" or "consolidate" to refer to key programs. Too often, the officials fear, the words "eliminate" or "reduce" will follow at some later date.

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 9, 2005
Journalism department drops much-criticized policy barring students in an investigative reporting class from exploring on-campus subjects.

March 9, 2005
A jury sides with an administrator who says NYU eliminated his job after a book described him as Leonard Bernstein's lover.

March 9, 2005
More traditional-aged undergraduates are starting at community colleges.

March 9, 2005
Survey finds a 5 percent drop in those seeking a graduate education, following a 28 percent decline last year.

March 9, 2005
The American Sociological Association reviews research on women and science -- and faults Harvard's president.

March 8, 2005
A week after being admonished in court for a procedural error that may have warranted a mistrial, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Monday that it would bear the brunt of settling a lawsuit filed last year by Rick Neuheisel, former football coach at the University of Washington. The settlement, worth a total of $4.5 million, came as closing arguments were due to begin in a five-week jury trial.

March 8, 2005
Colorado's Elizabeth Hoffman resigns as president as athletics and other scandals mount.

March 7, 2005
Members of the College Republicans group at Santa Rosa Junior College had had enough. They were fed up, they said, with talking among themselves about various professors who, by expressing unvarnished liberal views as fact, made the students feel uncomfortable expressing their opposing views in class.

March 7, 2005
A foundation created by Western Kentucky University to manage its dormitories does not have the university's immunity from lawsuits, a Kentucky appeals court ruled Friday.The ruling sends a lawsuit against the foundation back to a lower court for additional hearings, and the ruling could complicate the arrangements some public colleges have set up with foundations or related entities to manage some of their operations.

March 7, 2005
Chapel Hill faculty members protest plans to let a conservative foundation support a new program in Western civilization.

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