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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 3:00am

The University of Southern California is today announcing a $110 million donation that will be used to provide scholarships to encourage top students to enroll there, the Los Angeles Times reported. Each scholarship will be worth around $47,000, and some will be set aside for graduates of high schools near the university's campus.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Union Graduate College's Robert Baker explores the need for pharmaceutical companies to seek input from independent ethics panels as part of the drug development process. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:00am

A rally is planned for today at Trinity College in Connecticut following the third racial incident this semester and growing frustration by many minority students, The Hartford Courant reported. In the most recent incident, a minority student reported the use of a slur by a white student who is reported to have thrown a beer at the minority student's car.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:00am

Sixteen law journals have issued a joint statement pledging to stop the practice of "exploding offers," in which authors have only a very short time period (sometimes hours) to decide whether to accept an offer of publication. The practice was seen as a way to get the best content, but many law professors disagree. The statement from the journals said that the publications have come to believe that the costs of such exploding offers outweigh the benefits. From now on, authors will have at least seven days to decide whether to accept an offer.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:00am

Morris Brown College and the U.S. Department of Education are on the verge of a deal that would forgive most of the college's $10 million debt to the government, the Associated Press reported. The debt stems from unused financial aid that was supposed to have been returned to the government. Morris Brown, a historically black institution, lost its accreditation in 2003, and now educates a small fraction of the students it once did. Resolving the federal debt issue is seen as a key step toward efforts to revive the college.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:00am

Many colleges are relying on deception to inflate the rosters of women's teams to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, The New York Times reported. Colleges add women to teams even if the women never play or, in some cases, even realize they are on the team, recruit some women by telling them they need not attend practice, and list male "practice players" (who participate in practices) as members of women's squads, the Times reported. Colleges have found it less expensive to create women's slots through increasing the number of alleged athletes on existing teams than to create new teams -- and need to add to their women's totals because the institutions do not want to cut football.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:00am

Authorities arrested seven students at Emory University Monday night, following a series of sit-ins, Fox Atlanta News reported. The students are protesting Emory's dealings with a food service provider.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:00am

The for-profit higher education industry spent $8.1 million on lobbying activities in 2010, up from $3.3 million the year before, according to an analysis by The Huffington Post of data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The Huffington Post emphasized the sharp increase in such spending at a time of proposals to increase regulation of for-profit colleges. But Harris Miller, president of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, said that the lobbying was "not unique in any sense, any more than it is for traditional higher education lobbying to get earmarks for their schools, or Boeing or defense contractors using their money to promote an agenda, which is to win a contract of the U.S. government."

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:00am

Sometimes slow and steady is the way to get to graduation. Iowa State University has announced that one of its graduates this year -- Kathy Vitzthum -- will be finishing her bachelor's degree in accounting after taking one course a semester, for 19 years. She will graduate summa cum laude, having managed to finish her degree while also balancing family and job responsibilities.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 3:00am

The Law School Admission Council announced Monday that it has agreed to make changes on its website that will make it all accessible to blind users, and that these changes are part of a settlement of a lawsuit against the council by the National Federation of the Blind. While much of the law school group's website was already accessible through various screen-reading technologies, the portion used for law school applications was not accessible, leading to the suit.

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