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September 27, 2006

The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University has issued a report strongly criticizing the Education Department's proposed new way for having colleges collect and report information about their students racial and ethnic backgrounds. The report said that the new system -- which gives more options for students from mixed backgrounds -- would seriously hinder the ability of researchers to compare the performance of schools and colleges on educating students of different races.

September 26, 2006

Computer science -- like many dot.com businesses of a few years back -- has experienced a boom and bust in the last decade. First colleges couldn't expand programs fast enough to meet demand, but more recently students have been fleeing. The number of students taking Advanced Placement tests in computer science fell by 19 percent in the last three years -- even as other AP science programs were growing.

September 26, 2006

Female professors are less likely than men to feel they know what is expected of them to earn tenure, study finds.

September 26, 2006

Secretary favors student database and grants to colleges that measure learning, but calls discussion of Pell expansion premature.

September 26, 2006

The U.S. State Department has again denied a visa to Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss scholar teaching at the University of Oxford, who has been invited to speak and teach in the United States. In June, a federal judge ordered the government to either grant a visa or provide an explanation of why it would not do so. The visa was denied on the basis of donations Ramadan made to charitable groups in France that the State Department says support terrorism through Hamas.

September 26, 2006

Sports figures running for political office usually fall into one of two categories: the ex-athlete turned legislator (U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, former Rep. Steve Largent, former Sen. Bill Bradley) or the ex-coach turned member of Congress (Rep. Tom Osborne).

September 26, 2006

University becomes the third highly competitive university to drop its program this month. 

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