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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:00am

A large majority of Americans who have attended college believe higher education is a good investment (83 percent) and key to achieving the American dream, according to the results of a national opinion poll Northeastern University released on Tuesday. But an equal proportion of all respondents, including those who had not attended college, said the U.S. higher education system needs to change in order to remain competitive with those of other countries. The poll also found that most Americans believe in the growing value of online degrees. Among respondents between the ages of 18 and 30, 68 percent said an online degree will be just as recognized and accepted among employers as a traditional degree will be in the next five to seven years.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Youngjin Yoo of Temple University explores how digital materials evolve in way their creators never imagined. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:00am

One painting in an exhibit at Bunker Hill Community College's art gallery is drawing a lot of outrage and praise, The Boston Globe reported. The exhibit is of art inspired by the 2012 presidential campaign, and the painting in question depicts Obama as Jesus.  Michael D’Antuono, the artist, told the Globe that he is not suggesting that Obama is Jesus, but that he wanted to comment on the extent to which the president's critics have "crucified" him.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:00am

The University of Tulsa on Tuesday suspended its new athletics director, Ross M. Parmley, amid a federal investigation into whether he is linked to a man under federal indictment for running an illegal gambling operation, The Oklahoman reported. Parmley has admitted to federal authorities that he bet on college and professional games for years before quitting gambling in 2010. At that time, he worked for Tulsa's athletics department, but had yet to become its director.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:00am

A survey by the College Board has found that most school counselors do not feel that they have been sufficiently trained in competencies that would allow them to provide the best guidance to students on the college admissions process. Further, a majority of counselors believe that they could do better (in some cases with better training) at such key functions as helping students complete college preparatory courses, increasing college application rates and improving high school graduation rates.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:00am

California Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, used his power as a member of the University of California Board of Regents to vote against the $486,800 salary for the new chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, the Associated Press reported. The salary for Nicholas Dirks was approved on an 11-3 vote. Brown said that he supported Dirks, but this was the wrong time to increase the pay for Berkeley's chancellor by $50,000. "I believe a $50,000 increase from the incumbent — even though the incumbent did not get a pay increase for several years — does not fit within the spirit of servant leadership that I think will be required over the next several years," Brown said.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:00am

Irving Gottesman is being named today as the winner of the 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. The award is worth $100,000. Gottesman's research explores the basis of schizophrenia and the way mental disorders are classified. He is the retired Irving and Dorothy Bernstein professor of adult psychiatry at University of Minnesota, and also is Sherrell J. Aston professor of psychology emeritus at University of Virginia.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 4:12am

Several hundred students at Alabama State University held a series of rallies Tuesday to protest the ouster of the new president, Joseph Silver, who was placed on leave on Monday, Alabama.com reported. Silver has said that he was trying to remove some administrators and to fix problems at the university, while board leaders have been vague about why he was placed on leave. Students said that they trusted Silver and believed he was identifying serious issues. "They want Dr. Silver to sweep it under the rug," said one student. "But he was trying to clean it up. He was trying to take out the trash."

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 3:00am

The almost total transformation of the Big East Conference over the last decade continued apace Tuesday, with news that Tulane University would become the league's newest full member and reports that East Carolina University would join the conference in football only. The Big East has struggled since 2005 to sustain itself as a viable big-time-sports entity as its members continue to be plucked away by richer and stronger leagues, with Rutgers University (which last week joined the University of Maryland at College Park in announcing moves to the Big Ten Conference) the latest defection.

In adding Tulane and East Carolina, the Big East has continued to take its misfortunes out on Conference USA, from which it will have taken a total of 11 members since 2005. The additions of Tulane and East Carolina would give the Big East 13 football-playing members as of 2014. That might seem like an unwieldy number, but that's because the Big East leaders are apparently awaiting another falling domino, with the expected departure of the University of Connecticut to replace Maryland in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 3:00am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to hear Liberty University's challenge to provisions of President Obama's health care overhaul. The Fourth Circuit had dismissed Liberty's lawsuit contesting the health care law's provisions on the employer mandate to provide insurance and contraception coverage, citing the fact that the provisions had not yet taken effect. But the Supreme Court said that its ruling this summer upholding the overall health care law did not preclude Liberty's suit.


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