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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 3:00am

The latest ad from President Obama's campaign takes on Mitt Romney on college aid. The ad quotes from a statement in which Romney urged young people to borrow from their parents, and goes on to talk about the benefits of direct lending and the administration's commitment to student aid. The ad also accuses Romney of proposed deep cuts to student aid, although as The Washington Post noted, those possible cuts are based on Romney's overall tax and budget plans, not on specific, current proposals. A Romney spokesman told the Post that "Mitt Romney will encourage innovation and competition to make college more affordable, and his economic policies will give recent graduates the job opportunities they deserve."



Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Peter Meylan of Eckerd College reveals the long migrations that mark the lifecycle of the sea turtle. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Jose Lopez of Seton Hall University explains the various uses for the little-known fourth state of matter, plasma. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 3:00am

These meetings, conferences, seminars and other events will be held in the coming weeks in and around higher education. They are among the many such that appear in our calendar, to which campus and other officials can submit their own events. Our site also includes a comprehensive catalog of job changes in higher education; please submit your news to both listings.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 4:17am

St. Paul's College, a historically black college in Virginia, is suspending most operations for the fall semester, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. In the last month, the college has helped many of its students transfer to other institutions. The moves follow the decision in June of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to revoke St. Paul's accreditation. The college is appealing, and is also exploring possible mergers, but decided that suspending operations for the fall was the best course of action for now, officials said.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 4:21am

Pennsylvania State University's accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, has told the university that its accreditation status is "in jeopardy" because of the issues raised in recent investigations of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the way officials responded to reports of child sexual abuse, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Penn State officials expressed confidence Monday that they would be able to demonstrate to Middle States that they have responded in appropriate ways to the failings identified in recent inquiries, and that accreditation should remain in place.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 4:23am

A student activities committee at Davidson College has banned serving Chick-fil-A at student events, pending a review of student opinion on the controversial restaurant chain, The Charlotte Observer reported. Students and others nationwide have been encouraging boycotts of Chick-fil-A because of statements by its president criticizing gay marriage. While many campuses have seen demands that Chick-fil-A campuses be kicked off campuses, that hasn't happened. In the case of Davidson, what is being suspended is bringing the food on campus for official student events organized by the committee, not removing a campus vendor.


Monday, August 13, 2012 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Catherine Sabiston of McGill University examines how readjusting goals about physical fitness can increase health in cancer survivors. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 3:00am

The Indian government appears to be delaying legislation that would allow foreign colleges and universities to open campuses in India, The Economic Times reported. The higher education focus for the government in the next parliamentary session will be on other bills, such as one requiring accreditation for all institutions.


Monday, August 13, 2012 - 3:00am

Stephen Bloom, the University of Iowa journalism professor who created a storm late last year by writing an article in The Atlantic that called rural Iowans “an assortment of wasteoids and meth-addicts,” will be teaching at the university again this fall. Bloom, whose essay was criticized by his colleagues and Sally Mason, the university's president, has been teaching in the University of Michigan communication studies department for the last year as a visiting professor. “Yes, he is scheduled to teach,” David Perlmutter, director of the school of journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa, said in an e-mail.


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