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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:00am

In today's Academic Minute, Jacqueline Bennett of the State University of New York at Oneonta explains her discovery of a novel and greener process of chemical production. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:00am

Many public colleges in New Jersey have in recent years announced salary freezes for presidents, citing the budget cuts faced at the institutions along with the tuition increases being paid by students and their families. But an investigation by The Star-Ledger documented lucrative benefits that have remained in presidential contracts providing many of them with substantial additional funds during this time. Many of the presidents, for example, receive retention bonuses -- lump sum payments (in the six figures in some cases) for staying for certain periods of time. Other benefits: personal financial advisers and health club memberships, million-dollar insurance policies and unlimited gas.

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:00am

The University of Kansas has opened a new branch of its medical school -- for only eight students. The New York Times reported that the new campus, in Salina, in a rural part of the state, is part of an effort to attract more M.D.'s to work in rural parts of the state. The thinking is that by recruiting students from the region, and keeping them there, they won't be tempted to relocate to urban areas later. The curriculum will be more focused on typical problems faced in rural areas than on specialties.

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:00am

Kaplan Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a whistle-blower's suit charging that the company's CHI Institute, in Pennsylvania, enrolled students in a surgical technology program without having enough clinical placements for the students to graduate, The New York Times reported. About $500,000 in the settlement will repay student loans of those enrolled in the program. Kaplan did not admit any wrongdoing.

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:00am

Kaplan Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle three legal matters at the company's CHE Institute, in Pennsylviania, including a whistleblower's suit charging that the campus enrolled students in a surgical technology program without having enough clinical placements for the students to graduate, The New York Times reported. About $500,000 in the settlement will repay student loans of those enrolled in the program. Kaplan did not admit any wrongdoing. About $225,000 will go to settle the whistleblower's suit.

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:00am

Atlantic Union College has issued layoff notices to all employees, effective July 31, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported. The college, in Massachusetts, has been in the process of becoming a branch of Washington Adventist University, in Maryland. But delays by Massachusetts officials in approving the merger have left Atlantic Union without the resources to continue, without the authority to merge. Had the merger gone through, layoffs were projected to be minimal.

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:00am

Teenagers who are members of various minority faiths in Britain are more likely to end up enrolled in a university than are Christians, according to a new government study, TES reported. Among those who as teenagers identify as Hindus, 77 percent end up in a university. The figure for Sikhs is 63 percent, while the figure for Muslims is 53 percent. Those groups were lagged by Christians (45 percent) and those who said they did not have a faith (32 percent).

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:00am

A church in Arizona and one in Kentucky are suing one another over the sale of an apparently unaccredited for-profit online university, The Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The suits say that Child of the King Ministries, in Louisville, sold the institution to Church for the Nations, in Phoenix, last year. Child of the King says that Church for the Nations isn't making the required payments. But Church for the Nations says that Child of the King made false claims about the university, including that it had accreditation, was affiliated with various other educational institutions, and had a base of foreign students who wanted an American degree.

Monday, July 25, 2011 - 3:00am

Kaplan Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a whistleblower's suit charging that the company's CHI Institute, in Pennsylvania, enrolled students in a surgical technology program without having enough clinical placements for the students to graduate, The New York Times reported. About $500,000 in the settlement will repay student loans of those enrolled in the program. Kaplan did not admit any wrongdoing.

Friday, July 22, 2011 - 3:00am

Peace College, a women's college in Raleigh, N.C., announced Thursday that it will become a university and will admit male students to all programs. Peace said that it would maintain its commitment to students in part by offering selected "single-gender courses in targeted disciplines where research shows that women and mean learn differently and that each benefit from a single-gender classroom." Even with such sections, "all classes will be accessible to add students," the statement said. The last year has seen numerous controversies at Peace as budget cuts and layoffs have been criticized by many. Moves to admit men to women's colleges have angered alumnae elsewhere. The first post on the Peace alumnae Facebook page is a link to a petition "to save Peace College," and criticizing the administration's management of the institution.

On Thursday, in response to the news from Peace, Meredith College -- another women's institution in Raleigh -- issued a statement affirming that it plans to remain single-sex.

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