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Could Collaboration Shift Colleges' Aid Policies?

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Talk to private college leaders in confidence these days, and many (at least outside the most competitive and wealthy institutions) are unhappy with their financial aid policies. President after president (not to mention admissions or financial aid directors) will say that they are spending too much on merit aid (grants given to those who don't really need them) and not enough on need-based aid.

Blackboard Accuses Desire2Learn of Contempt

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Asserting the competitor made only "cosmetic" changes to learning software found to infringe on dozens of patents, company says the new version violates court order.

U.S. Court Rejects 'Pervasively Sectarian' Test

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In a major victory for religious colleges, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that Colorado may not distinguish between sectarian and "pervasively sectarian" colleges to deny state funds to students in the latter category. Such distinctions, the court ruled, amount to illegal state preferences for some religious groups over others.

In California, Uncertainty on Immigrant Student Tuition

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Appeals court finds that in extending lower resident tuition rates to undocumented students, state "thwarts" Congress's intent.

Guidance or Spin on Affirmative Action Rulings?

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Education Department cautions colleges on what they must do to justify considering race in admissions decisions -- and some accuse department of try to discourage diversity efforts.

Stamping Out Smoking -- Even Outdoors

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To the dismay of some students and employees, Pennsylvania's system of state-owned universities uses new law curbing "indoor" smoking to ban it everywhere on its 14 campuses.

In Study Abroad, Dispute Over Roaming

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Students and parents sue cell phone provider popular among study abroad participants, alleging unfair billing practices.

From Plaintiff to Donor

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Anthropologist who brought landmark sexual discrimination suit against Brown U. in the late '70s gives $1 million to the institution she once fought.

Dean Whose Silence Couldn't Be Bought

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When he felt a student had been done an injustice, David Potter came to her defense. For him, it was a matter of principle. Now, the former associate dean of Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Science says he is out of a job because of it.

Privacy Concerns About U.S. Database

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College and student groups balk at proposal by Education Dept.'s inspector general to collect in a central database (and potentially share) massive amounts of personal information.

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