New York City officials on Thursday announced an impressive list of proposals from universities around the world to build a new engineering and science campus in the city, The Wall Street Journal reported. Among the universities seeking to do so are institutions in Canada, India, Israel, Korea and Finland. Proposals also arrived from Columbia, Cornell and Stanford Universities and the City University of New York. Some of the proposals are for partnerships, such as one involving New York University, Carnegie Mellon, the City University of New York, the University of Toronto, and IBM.
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Seven people were charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct on Tuesday when they protested at a legislative hearing in Tennessee on bills that would limit union rights. On Thursday, a state senator called on the University of Memphis, where he believed the students were enrolled, to "take action" against the students, The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported. It turns out that only two of those charged are University of Memphis students, although two others are enrolled at the Memphis College of Art. Senator Randy McNally, a Republican, said the students should be expelled. "I’ve been down here a long time and have never seen a situation like that.... I was also dismayed to learn that six of the individuals were members of a registered student organization at the University of Memphis — the Progressive Student Alliance — and I would hope the university takes action," he said. "I know that if it was a fraternity that did something like that they’d be off campus in a heartbeat."
The grades of minority college students can be improved substantially if they participate in a short exercise in which they are exposed to evidence that students of all races and ethnicities have difficulty adjusting to college. The research -- conducted by two Stanford University professors -- appears in today's edition of Science.
As colleges move to comply with a new federal requirement to give students and families a way to calculate an institution's net price, they are doing so in greatly varying ways and to varying degrees of effectiveness, the Institute for College Access and Success says in a new report. The advocacy group for students analyzed the first crop of net price calculators that colleges have put online to comply with the requirement that takes effect in October, and finds that some of the tools are more accessible, easier to use and are more protective of student privacy than are others. The group also offers a series of recommendations for institutions.
Preisdent Obama has picked the University of Kansas to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament. In preparing his bracket for ESPN, the president selected the top seed in each region to advance to the Final Four.
The worsening crisis in Japan is prompting varied reactions from colleges with students in study abroad programs there. The California State University System is bringing back about 45 students who are there and calling off the plans of another 50 students to travel there soon, the Associated Press reported. Stanford University announced that all 35 of its students in Japan have returned. Students from the University of North Dakota have already returned, Valley News Live reported. While students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison studying in Japan were given the option to come back, most plan to stay, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
Is the College Board favoring students who are experts on Snooki? Many students who took the SAT this month were surprised to find an essay prompt on reality television shows, and some students who prefer more educational forms of entertainment complain that they were at a disadvantage in writing their essays, The New York Times reported. Student discussion boards have many comments from students who took the most recent SAT saying that they don't watch television or this particular genre. College Board officials defended the question, saying that all the information students needed for the essay was in the prompt.
After a year in which many law students have been complaining about poor job prospects, applications to law school are down 11.5 percent from this point a year ago, according to data provided by the Law School Admission Council to The Wall Street Journal. "When the economy first went down, students saw law school as a way to dodge the work force," Ryan Heitkamp, a pre-law adviser at Ohio State University, told the newspaper. "The news has gotten out that law school is not necessarily a safe backup plan."
Advocates for community colleges are not always happy with the way they are portrayed in popular culture. Witness the debate over NBC's "Community." Critics from the community college world may want to start getting ready for Larry Crowne, a film due out this summer in which Julia Roberts plays a community college professor and Tom Hanks her student (who, like many community college students, enrolls when he loses his job). The last movie featuring Roberts as a professor was Mona Lisa Smile, in which she played an art historian trying to challenge her students and colleagues at Wellesley College in the 1950s. The image of Wellesley didn't go over well with the college.
Here is the trailer for the new film: