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Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:00am

Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University education professor, was on Wednesday named winner of the 2012 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education. She was honored for her 2010 book, The Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:00am

Yoweri Museveni, Uganda's president, has been giving speeches around his country calling for students to stop taking courses in "non-marketable" subjects such as literature and conflict resolution, Voice of America reported. In one recent talk, he said: "The problem is not jobs, the jobs are there. What is crucial are the skills. There has been a course at Makarere [University] called Conflict Resolution. OK, but what will you do when the conflicts are finished? This unemployment you are talking about. Is it unemployment or is it employability? Is it that you are unemployed, or is it that you are not employable because you have got skills which are not needed on the market?" Faculty members and students are split on the president's campaign, with some praising it and others questioning whether he is defining the purpose of higher education in too narrow a way.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:00am

Leighton Andrews, the minister of education for Wales, is calling for the merger of three Welsh universities -- University of Glamorgan, Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of Wales, Newport -- Times Higher Education reported. Cardiff Metropolitan has already rejected the idea. Andrews said that a merged institution would have "real critical mass."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:00am

State community college leaders say they are struggling to meet workforce training needs because of high unemployment levels and budget woes, according to a new report from the University of Alabama's Education Policy Center. The report, which was based on a survey of two-year system leaders in 50 states, found strained job training capacities at community colleges in 35 states. And federal workforce training funds have been exhausted in 21 states, according to the report. "Right now, workforce training is an underfunded Band-Aid," said Stephen G. Katsinas, the center's director and a coauthor of the report.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:00am

A federal advisory panel has asked scientific journals not to publish some details of experiments involving certain viruses, saying that the information could be used by terrorists to create and spread deadly viruses, The New York Times reported. The panel does not have the power to force the journals to keep anything secret, and suggested that the journals find ways to share information with scientists to allow them to further advance work on the viruses. The editor of Science said that the journal was considering the request and might hold back some information.

 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:00am

The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Board of Directors moved unusually quickly at its October meeting to approve legislation that would allow institutions (if their conference permits it) to award up to an additional $2,000 per student in scholarship funds, to better fill the gap between what full scholarships cover and the actual cost of attendance. Maybe too quickly, in fact: 125 colleges want the decision overturned, prompting an automatic suspension of the rule and an item on the docket for the board's next meeting Jan. 14 that could eliminate it entirely.  At the meeting, the board can eliminate the rule, do nothing and allow an override vote by all Division I members to proceed, or alter the proposal to appease the colleges.

Collectively, they are concerned about four things, the NCAA said: how quickly the rule was implemented, possible impact on competitive equity, implications for gender equity laws under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and "application of the allowance" for athletes in equivalency sports, which are subject to NCAA limitations on how much scholarship money they can award. NCAA President Mark Emmert indicated in a statement that the legislation can be modified to address all the colleges' concerns. "Similarly, changes can be made that will clarify how this legislation can be implemented more smoothly and with less confusion," Emmert said. "Based on conversations I have had, I am confident that there remains a very high level of support for this permissive legislation to provide better support for our student athletes." 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:39am

The president of the University of South Florida, Judy Genshaft, on Tuesday fired the head of the university's Polytechnic branch campus, the Associated Press reported. The dismissal comes amid an escalating dispute over the branch. Its supporters want it to become independent -- a move opposed by Genshaft. Others have said that construction costs at the new campus are too high.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:41am

The American Bar Association has denied provisional accreditation to the new law school at Lincoln Memorial University, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Tennessee permits people who are graduates of law schools that are not ABA accredited to sit for the state's bar exam, but lack of ABA accreditation may be more important for those who plan to work in other states. Officials at the law school are considering an appeal.

 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:00am

In today’s Academic Minute, Susan Martonosi of Harvey Mudd College reveals the role mathematics plays in determining how quickly you move through airport security lines. Find out more about the Academic Minute here.

 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:43am

Western Washington University has fired its admissions director over practices she says were widely known for years and in place at other parts of the university, The Bellingham Herald reported. Karen Copetas, admissions director for more than 20 years, was found to have used scholarship money to pay students who work in her office, including at least four students who did not have legal status to reside in the United States. She says other departments at the university do the same thing and that senior officials know this -- statements that the university denies.

 

internal audit found evidence that she had illegally used scholarship money as compensation for students who worked in her office, including at least four students who did not have legal immigrant status.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/12/21/1952992/wwu-admissions-boss-fir...
internal audit found evidence that she had illegally used scholarship money as compensation for students who worked in her office, including at least four students who did not have legal immigrant status.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/12/21/1952992/wwu-admissions-boss-fir...

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