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Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:00am

Students at the University of Arizona are debating a barbed-wire fence installed across a major campus area by a group that wants to protest the way the movement of immigrants is restricted, KGUN 9 News reported. Organizers said that the detours students were forced to take could prompt needed conversations about immigration issues. Some students said that they were annoyed by the inconvenience.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:00am

  • Annual Conference, National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals, April 6-9, Washington, D.C.
  • 2011 Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association, April 8-12, New Orleans.
  • A Dream Deferred: The Future of African American Education, The College Board, April 11-12, Philadelphia.
  • Annual Meeting & Exposition, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, April 13-16, Indianapolis.
  • Annual Conference, Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, April 17-19, Honolulu.
  • Department and Division Chair Workshop, Council of Independent Colleges, May 17-19, Baltimore, Md.
  • 51st Annual Forum, Association for Institutional Research, May 21-25, Toronto, Ont.
  • 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 on The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also includes a comprehensive catalog of job changes in higher education. This listing will appear as a regular feature in this space.

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    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:00am

    Western Michigan University on Tuesday announced a $100 million gift -- its largest ever -- to create a new medical school. While the university is public, it plans to rely on private funds for the new medical school. The donor is anonymous.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:00am

    The American Bar Association has been engaged in a long process of updating accreditation standards for law schools, and the latest draft features tougher reporting requirements on job placement, The National Law Journal reported. Under the new draft, law schools would disclose the percentage of students whose employment status is unknown after nine months, the percentage in jobs funded by the law school, the percentage in jobs requiring passage of a bar exam and the percentage in non-legal jobs. The inclusion of those changes reflects criticisms of current, minimalist reporting requirements that critics say hide the extent of unemployment of law school graduates. The new draft also maintains controversial provisions from earlier versions that would eliminate requirements that law schools have tenure systems and use the LSAT in admissions.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:00am

    Canadian higher education leaders on Tuesday praised their federal government's budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which, unlike those put forward by its counterparts in the United States and Britain, would significantly increase spending on higher education and research. The 2011 budget would spend tens of millions of new dollars to create research chairs and invest in brain research, and provide additional funds for student financial aid and study abroad. "[T]oday’s budgetary commitments to higher education are in line with a growing consensus among Canadians that Canada’s research universities play an integral role in advancing our economy and improving the social and economic well-being of all Canadians,” said Stephen Toope, president of the University of British Columbia. “These investments are all the more notable when we are seeing significant budgetary cuts to higher education sectors in other countries."

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:00am

    Budget and other pressures are prompting legislators in several states to consider the normally unthinkable: merging or closing public campuses. Ten days after regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education voted to table a plan to close or merge four of its eight campuses, saying doing so would be too disruptive to students and communities, members of a Nevada legislative subcommittee directed the system to study the idea anew, the Associated Press reported. The lawmakers acted after higher education officials presented a list of possible budget cuts that did not approach the $162 million in reductions to the system's operating budget that Governor Brian Sandoval's fiscal plan would require, the wire service reported. In Maryland, meanwhile, a legislative panel directed the University System of Maryland to consider combining the system's flagship campus, the University of Maryland at College Park, with the University of Maryland at Baltimore, which houses several professional schools. System officials said they would study the idea, which they said might be a smart strategic decision but is not expected to save the system money.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:00am

    The Maryland Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved legislation to increase regulation of for-profit colleges, The Baltimore Business Journal reported. Among other things, the legislation would authorize the Maryland Higher Education Commission to create a fund, to be financed by all the for-profit colleges operating in the state, that would reimburse students enrolled at for-profit colleges that close or enter bankruptcy.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:00am

    In today’s Academic Minute, Michele Paludi of Union Graduate College explains what is being done to identify and curb all forms of campus violence. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 3:00am

    Sallie Mae announced Monday that it will begin offering checking accounts for students with federal financial aid refunds. The company will be competing with Higher One, which has focused on the service.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 3:00am

    More than 150 prominent academics from the United States, Britain and elsewhere have signed a petition calling on École Normale Supérieure, in Paris, to lift a ban on a debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Guardian reported. A pro-Palestinian student group attempted to organize the event and was blocked from doing so by the university's administrators. The petition calls for the institution to restore "its long history of free speech and political expression."

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