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Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 4:33am

The University of Tokyo is planning to replace its admissions exam within five years, The Japan Times reported. In its place a new system will be created, based in large part on interviews and on recommendations from the high schools of applicants.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:00am

More than 100 protesters marched to the Higher Education Ministry in Sri Lanka on Tuesday calling for an increase in the number of public universities, Xinhua reportedThe news service reported that more than 144,000 students pass the university entrance each year, but there are only spots for 22,000.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Rebecca Fisher of the University of Arizona explains how a species of lizard is able to regenerate their self-amputated tails. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:00am

The cost of tuition and living for international students in Australia has increased 166 percent since 2002, The Australian reportedAn analysis by the Boston Consulting Group estimates total annual costs for the average international student in Australia as being $44,000, compared to $37,000 for international students in the U.S. and $30,000 for those studying in England. The article cites exchange rates as one critical factor in the increase.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:00am

A Mississippi man has been charged with two counts of felony cyberstalking over threats posted on Facebook against Carolyn Meyers, the president of Jackson State University, The Clarion Ledger reported. The man, currently held in jail, is not a student at the university.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:00am

The University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday announced new rules to protect the privacy of those who apply to enroll there. The rules stress the importance of privacy, and of sharing information about applicants only for specific, professionally related reasons. Just a few weeks ago, the university was embarrassed by reports that a former admissions officer had been mocking applicants on Facebook. But a university spokesman said via e-mail that the admissions privacy rules had been in the works for months and "were not in any way a response" to the behavior of the former admissions officer.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 3:00am

Northwestern University announced Monday that it would cut the size of its entering class by 10 percent, while also adding 25 percent to spending on financial aid. While several other law schools have made such moves, amid declines in law school applications and a tough job market for graduates, Northwestern is among the more highly regarded law schools to announce such a shift. “We can’t ignore the destabilizing forces that the legal industry is facing today,” said Daniel Rodriguez, the law dean, in a statement.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 4:21am

Pennsylvania State University on Monday revealed details on the cost of the outside investigation it commissioned into the Jerry Sandusky scandal, including the cost ($8.1 million) paid to the law firm that produced what is known as the Freeh Report, The Centre Daily Times reported. Those expenses bring the total expenses to date for the scandal to $41 million.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 4:28am

Faculty members at Arcadia University were told Monday night that President Carl Oxholm III has left the position, after less than two years in office, The Philadelphia Daily News reported. An e-mail sent to professors gave no reason for the sudden departure. Several students said on Twitter that they were disappointed with the news.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Rebecca Knickmeyer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill explains how an infant’s brain can display signs of future neurological disorders. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.



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