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January 30, 2006

Public universities in the United States may be at a turning point, write Katharine C. Lyall and Kathleen R. Sell in The True Genius of America at Risk: Are We Losing Our Public Universities to De Facto Privatization? (Praeger). The new book comes at a time that many leading public universities are conducting billion-dollar fund raising campaigns while finding it difficult to match their states' ambitions with legislative appropriations.

January 30, 2006

Belmont Abbey College, in North Carolina, has started a concentration in motor sports management as part of its undergraduate degree in business.Johns Hopkins University has started a master's degree in bioinformatics, which combines computer science and molecular biology.

January 30, 2006

William Kirby will return to teaching amid grumbling over curricular review and reported split with Summers.

January 30, 2006

Presidents, provosts, deans and professors consider principles and data they need to promote their curricular ideals.

January 30, 2006

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has created a new panel to study the low graduation rates at community colleges in the state, The Boston Globe reported. Just over 16 percent of students at the colleges earn degrees or certificates within three years.

January 27, 2006

Gov. Matt Blunt of Missouri has proposed converting the state's student-loan agency into a public-private partnership. Blunt, a Republican, says that by selling the agency, with certain restrictions, the impact on student borrowers could be minimal and the state could gain hundreds of millions of dollars, which would then be spent on college facilities and scholarships.

January 27, 2006

Bolstering U.S. competitiveness is not just the government's job, research university group says in new report.

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