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Monday, October 29, 2012 - 3:00am

Australia's government issued a report Saturday about the need for the country to engage more with Asia -- and education at all levels is involved with this goal. Among the recommendations: sending more Australian students to study abroad in Asia, adding to the study of Asian countries and languages at Australian universities, building research programs that link Australian and Asian faculty members, and making Asian language study (in Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian and Japanese) available and encouraged in Australia's elementary and secondary schools.


Monday, October 29, 2012 - 3:00am

Bradley John Witham and Mark Anthony Bustos, two IT officials at San Mateo County Community College District, are facing multiple charges related to allegations that they used district money to buy computer equipment and software, and then sold the items privately for their own profit, The Palo Alto Daily News reported. The two officials have entered pleas of not guilty.


Monday, October 29, 2012 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Kathrin Stanger-Hall of the University of Georgia reveals the connection between abstinence-only sex education and teen pregnancy rates. Learn more about the Academic Minute here.


Monday, October 29, 2012 - 3:00am

About two-thirds of the 510 students at Wilberforce University have requested withdrawal forms to formally threaten to leave by next fall if they don't see dramatic improvements, The Dayton Daily News reported. Students at the private, historically black university have raised complaints over the quality of facilities, safety, library hours, food service and more. Organizers of a protest last week said that they have tried to explain the problems to the administration, but that officials have not been responsive. President Patricia Hardaway said that she has an "open door" policy for students, and is working on many of the issues they have raised.

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 4:18am

Education officials from Taiwan traveled to California last week to recruit students, The Los Angeles Times reported. About 1,000 people -- many of them recruited because they are Taiwanese-Americans -- attended the first education fair ever put on by Taiwan in the United States. Wei-Ling Chiang, Taiwan's minister of education, made the case, noting that undergraduates would pay about $3,000 in tuition, lower living costs than in the U.S., and that some programs are taught in English.

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 3:00am

Louisiana State University's board voted Friday to combine the positions of system president and chancellor of the flagship campus at Baton Rouge, The Times-Picayune reported. Officials cited an outside report suggesting that the move would promote better decision-making. Currently, a single person is filling both positions (on an interim basis). Faculty leaders said that they were not told in advance that the issue would be considered, and that they were not given an opportunity to analyze the implications of the change.

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 3:00am

The National Association for College Admission Counseling is urging colleges to be flexible about the Nov. 1 deadlines many institutions have for early decision or early action applications. Nov. 1 is a common deadline for such applications, and a statement from NACAC noted that anticipated high school closures in many Eastern states could interfere with the work of counselors and registrars in finishing applications. "We urge colleges and universities to consider the difficulty students and counselors in the affected areas may have in meeting these deadlines and permit them to submit application materials beyond the deadline if appropriate," said the statement. "We also encourage you to take the steps necessary to communicate your institution’s plan to your applicants as soon as possible."

Some colleges are already announcing that they are moving back such deadlines. Marist College, for instance, extended its early decision deadline to Nov. 9.

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:00am

Political bloggers and columnists were having fun Thursday with an ad by the South Dakota Republican Party that seems to treat foreign graduate degrees as a something a bit suspect in a Congressional hopeful (although perhaps not as bad as having taught at the Biosphere). Check out this ad about candidates for a U.S. House seat:

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 4:25am

A U.S. Senate report Thursday accused the pharmaceutical company Medtronic of heavily editing and even writing sections of journal articles published by academic researchers on its consulting payroll, without those ties or the company's involvement being reported. The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, Montana's Max Baucus and Charles Grassley of Iowa, said their 16-month investigation had found significant evidence of undisclosed ghostwriting of positive articles about the company's product known as InFuse. Medtronic disputed some of the report's findings in a statement, and an article in The Wall Street Journal included rebuttals from some of the academic researchers.



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