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February 10, 2006

Duke University on Thursday announced tougher drug-testing rules for athletes. Under the new policy, any Duke athlete who tests positive for anabolic steroids, blood doping or masking agents will be suspended from athletic participation for one year. A second finding of use would result in loss of eligibility. Duke officials appointed a committee to study the issue after reports that former members of Duke's baseball team used steroids.

February 10, 2006

Bill in Wisconsin, backed by Madison scientists, would ban intelligent design and creationism from being taught as science in public schools.

February 10, 2006

Diploma mill operators often manage to stay one step ahead of the law, changing their location or how they operate whenever state or other authorities zero in for a crackdown. And the laws and other tools available to regulators, higher education officials, students and others to stop degree mill operators are few and flimsy. So occasionally they turn to alternative tactics to fight the degree mills and other companies that help them do business.

February 9, 2006

For-profit and 2-year colleges join to oppose Pataki plan to fight abuses by limiting access to state financial aid.

February 9, 2006

Southern Illinois University announced on Wednesday that it would end rules that limit participation in three graduate fellowship programs on the Carbondale campus to either minority or female students. The announcement was part of an agreement -- to be filed in federal court today -- with the U.S. Justice Department, which has questioned the constitutionality of the programs. The three programs have between them only 28 of the 4,071 graduate students at the university.

February 9, 2006

Federal agency suspends funds for a controversial logging study, citing concerns over lobbying, then reverses itself.

February 9, 2006

South Dakota House passes bill some see as model for other states -- but that colleges and professors oppose.

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