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Additional news and information from around the state, country and the world that may be of interest to executive administrators and their key staff.

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Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through December 18, 2012 are posted below:

College Addresses Growing Need for Mental Health Services
(Texas Tribune © 12/18/2012)

Little makes Dr. Norma Ngo, the director of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Houston, sadder than hearing a student say, ‘‘I never even knew you guys existed.” Even if I get that senior in their last semester,” she said, Im thrilled because at least they got some counseling before they left.” But Ngo and her staff have their hands full. In recent…

For Whom Is College Being Reinvented?

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 12/17/2012)

By Scott Carlson and Goldie Blumenstyk ‘Disruptions’ have the buzz but may put higher education out of reach for those students likely to benefit the most Last year, leading lights in for-profit and nonprofit higher education convened in Washington for a conference on private-sector innovation in the industry. The national conversation about dysfunction and disruption in higher education w…

Low-Cost Option for Working Adults

(Inside Higher Ed © 12/17/2012)

By Doug Lederman By forgoing federal financial aid and awarding credits to students based on the skills and knowledge they prove they have mastered rather than the amount of time they spend in courses, UniversityNow is trying to redefine what it means to be a for-profit university. And as its latest innovation proves, it is continuing to win friends in high places — notably in government. T…

What turned out a bomb hoax prompted Tarleton graduation to change venues in Stephenville

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram © 12/15/2012)

What turned out to be a bomb hoax Saturday prompted campus police at Tarleton State University in Stephenville to change the venue of a fall graduation commencement after the first of three ceremonies.Tarleton State, part of the Texas A&M University System, had ceremonies scheduled at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.Campus officials moved the 1 p.m. event with about 500 graduates from Wisdom Gym to t…

College Spending in a Turbulent Decade: Findings from the Delta Cost Project

(Academic Impressions © 12/14/2012)

This report found that: historic declines in state and local funding per FTE student could not be recouped by increases in net tuition, institutional subsidies reached a decade-long low across most types of institutions, and colleges and universities did not increase degree productivity—nor degree production costs—in 2010…

Limits of Performance-Based Grants

(Inside Higher Ed © 12/14/2012)

By Doug Lederman Study at Also: At a time when policy makers are faced with budget constraints, the idea of tying financial aid to desirable outcomes has a lot of surface appeal. But a new study — one of a series being conducted to test the…

Smaller U.S. Colleges Try to Crack Chinese Market

(New York Times (State Version) © 12/14/2012)

BEIJING — One factor that made it easier for Samford University to catch the attention of some of the thousands of Chinese students at a recent education expo was that many mistook it for a university with a similar name: Stanford. “It’s a good conversation starter,” said Hunter Denson, an international admissions counselor for Samford, a Baptist college near Bi…

College building debts climb

(Sacramento Bee © 12/14/2012)

Some call it the Edifice Complex. Others have named it the Law of More, or the Taj Mahal syndrome. A decadelong spending binge to build academic buildings, dormitories and recreational facilities – some of them inordinately lavish to attract students – has left colleges and universities saddled with large amounts of debt. Often, students are stuck picking up the bill. Overall debt le…

UK universities in online launch to challenge US

(BBC News (UK) © 12/13/2012)

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent Southampton University students Southampton is among the UK universities joining this digital start-up A partnership of UK universities is launching an online project, challenging US universities that have dominated this emerging market. They will aim to give the public access to higher education courses via computers, tablets or smartphones…

Board Members Say College Costs Too Much, but Not at Their Institution

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 12/13/2012)

Report at By Sara Hebel Most members of college boards believe that higher education costs too much, but a majority also say their own institutions’ prices aren’t the problem, according to a survey on higher-education governance released on Thursday by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges….

Grading Personal Responsibility

(Inside Higher Ed © 12/13/2012)

By Paul Fain Grades earned by many students at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College will soon factor in “soft skills,” such as whether they show up for class on time or work well in groups. And next year the college will issue workplace readiness certificates alongside conventional credentials to recognize those skills. Located in Asheville, N.C., A-B Tech, as it is commonly known,…

Who Needs to Study Western Civilization? We Do

(Huffington Post © 12/12/2012)

Sad to say, rare is the day when we who analyze American higher education can report good news. Instead, we are consumed, and rightly so, with the crisis in which our institutions of higher learning find themselves: alarmingly low student-learning outcomes (36 percent of students demonstrate little to no increase in fundamental skills after four years of college); skyrocketing tuitions (440 percen…

In court, TEA official surprises with new definition of “college ready”

(Austin American-Statesman © 12/11/2012)

By Kate Alexander American-Statesman Staff The Texas Education Agency is recommending lowering the threshold for which students it deems college ready, a move that somecalled a retreat from the high academic standards laid out in state law. Gloria Zyskowski, the agencys director of student assessment, testified at the ongoing sch…

The Missing Students

(Inside Higher Ed © 12/11/2012)

By Scott Jaschik Abstract at The nation’s most elite colleges and universities have in recent years added numerous programs to help students from low-income backgrounds enroll. And at many such institutions, low-income students would not need to pay anything, or would have to make only very small contributio…

U for sale: branding in higher ed

(Minnesota Daily © 12/10/2012)

As competition increases, colleges and universities are ramping up efforts to brand themselves. By Emma Nelson Minnesota’s largest advertising agency sits in the Ford Center in downtown Minneapolis. Where Model Ts were once lowered from the ceiling and assembled piece-by-piece, advertising professionals now represent clients like Target Corp., Kraft Foods — and the University of Minnesota…

A&M-Commerce announces no tuition increase for 2013-2014 academic year

(North Texas E-News © 12/10/2012)

COMMERCE, TX ? Texas A&M University-Commerce announced today that it will not be seeking authority for any new or increased tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 academic school year.  ?A&M-Commerce remains committed to making a high-quality college education affordable,? said Dr. Dan Jones, president of A&M-Commerce.  ?Through disciplined reallocation and efficiencies, and a …

STEM degrees may not mean more jobs

(Sacramento Bee © 12/10/2012)

Science, technology, engineering and math — the fields collectively known as STEM — are all the rage these days. Florida state leaders are so eager for more STEM students that they may even create discounted college tuition for students who pursue those fields. In an economy that is still struggling to regain its footing, boosting STEM is seen by many as a path to jobs. Except … what…

More schools taking note of degrees for $10,000

(San Antonio Express-News © 12/10/2012)

Many were skeptical when Gov. Rick Perry last year challenged Texas public colleges and universities to offer degrees costing no more than $10,000. Now 14 institutions have embraced the concept, which Perry sees as a promising way to rein in college costs and increase access. Several schools began offering bargain degrees this fall, and others are scheduled to start programs next year, accordin…

Report: Poverty, dropout rates threaten Texas’ future

(Houston Chronicle © 12/09/2012)

AUSTIN — The demographer who warned a decade ago about Texas’ unhappy mix of dismal education achievement and high poverty is more concerned than ever. Actually, he’s frightened.Also getting restless are growing numbers of Texas business executives. Some don’t see much leadership from politicians or the private sector in attacking the trend line that demographer Steve Murdock says will result in t…

College students’ success increases when they are motivated by money, officials say

(Cleveland Plain Dealer © 12/08/2012)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Money is a great motivator and some higher education officials think it may be one of the best ways to encourage Ohio college students to graduate on time. Officials call it a carrot and stick approach. The “carrot” could be in the form of incentives like tuition rebates and loan forgiveness for those who graduate in four years with an acceptable grade point average. The “…

Student loan debt isn’t a crisis

(Kansas City Star © 12/08/2012)

A mea culpa from the media. The student loan repayment crisis is not as it seems. Or not as it has been portrayed, endlessly, with terrifying stories of people who are trapped by financial obligations they cannot possibly meet. All of those heart-wrenching stories of students who had racked up so much student loan debt that they couldnt fathom earning enough to pay it back? Over time, the an…

Universities, students must work toward faster graduation

(San Antonio Express-News © 12/08/2012)

In the last decade, the state of Texas has made great strides in providing students better access to higher education. But getting them to graduate in a timely fashion has not been as easy. What used to be considered four-year degrees are now taking students five and six years to complete. Part of the problem with the increasingly lengthy path toward a degree can be attributed to the need for re…

Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through November 5, 2012 are posted below:

Share of Young Adults Earning Bachelor’s Degrees Hits Record High
(Chronicle of Higher Education © 11/05/2012)

The proportion of 25- to 29-year-olds in the United States who have earned college degrees reached a record high in 2012, with one-third of that age group earning at least a bachelor’s degree, according to a report released on Monday by the Pew Research Center’s Social and Demographic Trends project. The report, which draws on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, says that the share of young adults e…

Campus Threat-Assessment Teams Get New Guidance From Mental-Health Groups
(Chronicle of Higher Education © 11/05/2012)

By Caitlin Peterkin Since the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, teams that assess risks and respond to disturbing behavior or threats have become increasingly common on campuses. But their task of navigating legal and mental-health issues is complex, without much precedent or guidance to draw on. A comprehensive guide to creating and managing such teams, recently released by the Higher Educat…

Pearson Project Will Let Professors Mix Free and Paid Content in E-Textbooks
(Chronicle of Higher Education © 11/05/2012)

By Alisha Azevedo Pearson, a major textbook publisher, continued its push into digital education on Monday by introducing a service that allows instructors to create e-textbooks using open-access content and Pearson material. A beta version called Project Blue Sky will begin in the spring with the help of Gooru, a nonprofit search engine. When an instructor enters keywords for the subject he…

Editorial: Kudos to Texas A&M’s EmpowerU
(Dallas Morning News © 11/05/2012)

The Texas A&M System is opening a window onto its inner workings and inviting the public to take a look. The initiative is a new online info-portal called EmpowerU, a concept based on transparency and accountability as the system’s 11 universities go about stepping up their games. It’s a smart move, given the state’s political and fiscal environment. State-supported schools have been in a sq…

Other People’s Money
(Inside Higher Ed © 11/05/2012)

By Kevin Kiley Questions of fairness have always permeated discussions about admissions and financial aid. Is it fair to consider financial status in admissions? Is it fair for colleges to admit students who can’t pay? Is it fair to charge students different rates for the same class? A new fairness debate has cropped up in several states this year and is beginning to change policy in Iowa…

U.S. college students lured by lower costs to Canada, U.K.
(Seattle Times © 11/05/2012)

WASHINGTON — More American teenagers are thinking about picking up a passport and heading abroad for their college years as a way of attending a top-rated school at a lower cost, Canadian and British college recruiters say. More than 10,000 Americans are earning graduate and undergraduate degrees in Canada, and 15,000 are pursuing degrees in the United Kingdom. Even with extra fees for int…

Civility campaigns catch on at colleges
(Abilene Reporter-News © 11/04/2012)

Voluntary efforts fight crass culture By Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jewish students in the University of California system labeled terrorists for their support of Israel. Black high school students pelted by bananas on a Tennessee campus tour. A hostile student in Maryland challenging his professor to a fight after the teacher limited the use of cellphones and laptops du…

Hodgepodge transfer policies costly
(San Antonio Express-News © 11/03/2012)

Audra Page made a penny-wise decision to start her education at a community college before transferring to Texas State University-San Marcos, but her attempt to finesse an expensive higher education system ended up more frustrating than frugal. More than half of all college students in Texas are enrolled at community colleges, but the transfer rate to four-year universities is a dismal 28 percent…

SOU opens food bank for students
(San Francisco Chronicle © 11/03/2012)

SAM WHEELER, Ashland Daily Tidings ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new campus food bank meant to make finding extra meals less of a hassle for hungry, class-hopping Southern Oregon University students is beginning to see use. “Sometimes with classes it’s hard for students to make it out to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank,” said coordinator Sophia Mantheakis. “And we’re finding that more and more co…

U.S. Answer to Confucius Institutes
(Inside Higher Ed © 11/02/2012)

By Elizabeth Redden In what experts describe as an unusual form of public diplomacy, U.S. colleges have created State-Department-funded “American Cultural Centers” in partnership with Chinese host universities. “Their primary purpose is to expose Chinese audiences to the depth and breadth of U.S. culture,” said Erik W. Black, an assistant cultural affairs officer at the American embassy in B…

Does College Make You Vote?

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 10/31/2012)

By Neil Gross This month the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government released a poll of young American adults. The survey, conducted in late September and early October, held some bad news for Mitt Romney. Among those Americans ages 18 to 29 who said they would “definitely” be voting in next month’s election, 55 percent said they planned to cast their ballots for…

Four Ways Colleges Can Cut Costs for Students
(Fox Business © 10/31/2012)

Future college students looking at a difficult job market and staggering student loan debt levels may be rethinking the value of a degree, especially as colleges continue to increase overall costs. According to the College Board, the overall average cost to attend an in-state public college for the 2012-13 academic year for students who don’t receive any financial aid rose 3.8% to a record $22,…

UT to shrink automatic admission to top 7 percent
(Houston Chronicle © 10/31/2012)

The Texas Education Agency notified school administrators Tuesday that the University of Texas at Austin will only automatically admit summer/fall 2014 applicants in the top 7 percent of their graduating class. Though Texas law guarantees automatic admission to the state’s public universities to students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school senior class, legislators modified th…

Some College, No Degree, No Pell
(Inside Higher Ed © 10/31/2012)

By Libby A. Nelson In the continuing push to increase the proportion of Americans with college degrees, one group has been singled out as key to reach: those who have attended college and have some credits, but never earned a degree. A recent change to eligibility for the Pell Grant, though, has made it harder for some of those students to complete their studies and earn a degree. One of a r…

Colleges Must Help Prepare Students for Higher Education, Report Says
(Chronicle of Higher Education © 10/30/2012)

By Eric Kelderman If colleges want more of their students to be ready for the academic challenges of higher education, then those institutions have to take a more direct role in elementary and secondary education, recommends a new report from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The report, written by a dozen college presidents and released here at the association’s…

Would-Be Doctors Will Get More Opportunities to Study and Teach Abroad
(Chronicle of Higher Education © 11/05/2012)

By Katherine Mangan Fourth-year medical students would find it easier to spend a year abroad, and recent graduates could have student loans forgiven while training medical faculty in developing countries, under two new programs highlighted here at the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges. The meeting, which continues this week, drew more than 4,700 attendees from 27…

Teaching Hospitals, Reliant on Clinical Faculty, Are Said to Be ‘Cheapening’ Faculty Titles

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 11/04/2012)

By Katherine Mangan As pressure to generate clinical revenue mounts, academic medical centers are handing out faculty appointments to physicians who spend little time teaching or doing research, a development that both cheapens the value of an academic title and shortchanges medical students. That assertion prompted a lively discussion here at the annual meeting of the Association of America…

Grant to aid future nurses

(Denton Record-Chronicle © 11/04/2012)

Texas Woman’s University recently was awarded a $3 million grant to use for scholarships for undergraduate and graduate nursing students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration will award TWU $650,000 a year for four years for undergraduates. The university also will receiv…

State Provides Less, So Education Costs More

(New York Times (State Version) © 11/04/2012)

The Texas Constitution says the state will “provide for the maintenance, support and direction of a University of the first class.” In 1984, that meant that about half of every dollar in higher education came out of the state budget. Today it’s closer to 13 percent at the University of Texas at Austin and 22 percent at Texas A&M University in College Station. …

Anglo-Spanish higher education cooperation on the rise

(University World News © 11/04/2012)

Recent research by the British Council in Spain, which reviews the UK-Spain higher education relationship, shows evidence of a dynamic and varied range of cooperation. Activities – including long-term student mobility and recruitment; research cooperation; student and staff exchanges; and interesting transnational education agreements (including joint and dual degrees, validation and various pr…

Puppy Love Can Cost You

(New York Times (State Version) © 11/03/2012)

FOR Allison Ward, treating animals is a passion and a calling. She can’t imagine doing anything else. But that passion came with a big price tag. Dr. Ward graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in veterinary medicine last year, and as an out-of-state student accrued $250,000 in debt, including undergraduate loans. It’s not uncommon to meet students who have &l…

Six scholars to join A&M program

(Bryan-College Station Eagle © 11/01/2012)

Six notable scholars have accepted invitations to join Texas A&M during the 2012-13 academic year, according to an announcement made by the Institute for Advanced Study. Five of the scholars will serve as in-residence TIAS Faculty Fellows for three to 12 months, while another will visit campus for two several-week stays, during which he will present a series of lectures. The individuals incl…

More STEM Majors Won’t Solve Higher Education’s Problems

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 11/01/2012)

By Elizabeth Popp Berman Charge art-history majors more for their degrees than biology students? Yes, according to the new draft proposal of Gov. Rick Scott’s Florida Blue Ribbon Task Force on State Higher Education Reform. The panel proposes to keep tuition flat for degrees in “strategic areas of emphasis,” which include science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields; health professi…

3 to 1: That’s the Best Ratio of Tenure-Track Faculty to Administrators, a Study Concludes

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 11/01/2012)

By Jenny Rogers In the long-running debate over how many administrators are too many, two economic researchers believe they have identified an ideal ratio. For colleges to operate most effectively, they say, each institution should employ three tenured or tenure-track faculty for every one full-time administrator. What the ratio is now is difficult to say, though most colleges probably would…

UTMB receives $1.48 million grant

(Galveston Daily News © 11/01/2012)

GALVESTON — The University of Texas Medical Branch has been awarded a five-year, $1.48 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help build a prevention workforce by increasing the number of care providers with public health skills practicing in medically underserved areas of Texas and the southwestern United St…

STEM Pathways

(Inside Higher Ed © 11/01/2012)

By Alexandra Tilsley The idea that the country needs more graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is not new, but several universities are now increasing their focus on finding those potential graduates, turning specifically to community colleges. The University of Maryland Baltimore County announced today that it will spend three years building and piloting a n…

Texas Exes scholarship named for Senator Judith Zaffirini

(University Texas Daily Texan © 11/01/2012)

The Texas Exes announced a new scholarship named for Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a long-time champion of affordable higher education. The Senator Judith Zaffirini Scholarship was announced Tuesday morning during a ceremony hosted by the Texas Exes, the independent UT alumni organization. The scholarship will first be awarded to one student in fall 2013 and will be awarded to multiple students per year…

Letting the Flagship Steer

(Inside Higher Ed © 10/31/2012)

By Kevin Kiley Most in higher education would say that it’s tough to find people with the skills and aptitudes to be a flagship university president or the head of a system of campuses. The Louisiana State University is now looking for someone who can do both. The system’s Board of Supervisors voted Friday – to the surprise of those not on the board — to merge the positions of president of…

Saying No to Education Cuts

(New York Times © 10/30/2012)

By JUDY DEMPSEY BERLIN — Many countries in Central and Eastern Europe have trimmed back spending on education after the 2008 global financial crisis and its aftermath. But Poland and Lithuania have managed to buck that trend. Given the importance of a well-educated and skilled work force for future growth, that may prove to have been the smart way to go. When the East and Central European co…

Asian Schools Jump in Rank

(New York Times © 10/24/2012)

By CHRISTOPHER F. SCHUETZE “China is always in the media; everyone says it is the future,” he said by telephone from Düsseldorf. So he enrolled in a three-year program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, because he thought it would be a culturally enriching experience. According to a recent study on graduate employability, Mr. Kramer’s H.K.U.S.T. degree puts him ahead of b…


Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through October 12, 2012 are posted below:

University of Phoenix Freezes Tuition
(Inside Higher Ed © 10/12/2012)

The University of Phoenix on Thursday announced an immediate tuition freeze for all new and currently enrolled students. Tuition rates will be locked in for students as they work toward degrees, university officials said, as long as they meet eligibility requirements and stay enrolled. The university said the freeze was an effort to keep tuition levels affordable at Phoenix, which is the largest f…

Perry Talks Higher Ed, Romney On CBS This Morning
(Ft. Worth KTVT (CBS) 11 © 10/10/2012)

NEW YORK (The Texas Tribune) – Gov. Rick Perry appeared on CBS This Morningon Wednesday to talk about his higher education proposals — in particular, his calls for universities to create $10,000 bachelor’s degrees and lock students’ tuition in at a flat rate for four years. But he hedged when asked to weigh in on the Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austincase, which challe…

Other Indiana colleges dont plan to follow IUs tuition freeze plan
(Indianapolis Star © 10/10/2012)

The day after Indiana University announced a conditional tuition freeze, other schools around the state were holding back on taking the same action ? at least anytime soon. On Tuesday, IU President Michael McRobbie announced an experiment that would offset tuition increases for IU juniors and seniors if, after their sophomore year, they are in good academic standing and on track to graduate in fo…

College costs: $10,000 degree sounds good, but, really, it’s not so simple
(Longview News © 10/10/2012)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has renewed his call for the state’s universities to offer bachelor’s degrees, or at least some of them, for a flat $10,000 — and he wants the Legislature to put that in a form that will carry some teeth in the world of higher education. Last week, he was out pitching that and his other ideas for making tuition more affordable. Those include freezing tu…

Plan to freeze tuition won’t solve crises
(San Antonio Express-News © 10/10/2012)

Many Texas students are having a difficult time financing their college education. A bad economic climate that has damaged many families’ finances, increasing tuition costs at public universities and cuts in state allocations for financial aid are all taking their toll. Gov. Rick Perry last week called for freezing tuition for incoming freshmen at public universities across the state for their f…

Tuition freeze, $10,000 degree in talks at Texas Tech
(Amarillo Globe-News © 10/09/2012)

LUBBOCK — After Gov. Rick Perry’s calls for universities to make college more affordable, Texas Tech administrators have a lot to talk about. Last week, Perry proposed a four-year tuition freeze for incoming college freshmen. Tech Interim President Lawrence Schovanec said the freeze is “something we’ll obviously consider.” The University of Texas at Dallas has had a fixed tuition in place…

The cost of college is well worth it

(Houston Chronicle © 10/09/2012)

In his recent article in Texas Monthly on the University of Texas and Texas A&M, Paul Burka outlined several criticisms leveled by reformers at higher education. Let me mention just a few: The street value of a college degree is up for debate; the job options for college graduates are limited; and students are left with huge debts upon graduation. While Burka is correct that, at least in s…

Top US official says cooperation needed to make college affordable
(Boston Globe © 10/04/2012)

The push to make higher education more affordable will require a collective effort from federal and state governments, colleges, and students and their families, a top US education official said Wednesday. “We see it as a shared partnership,” Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter told students, faculty, and state higher education leaders during a town hall forum at the University of Massach…

How tougher classes in high school can help kids make it through college

(Christian Science Monitor © 10/12/2012)

About 4 out of 10 students at four-year colleges fail to earn a degree within six years – and timely completion rates at two-year schools are even lower. But what if high schools had a better recipe for preparing their students to stay in college? The National School Boards Association released a study Thursday afternoon highlighting some key ingredients: more advanced math courses, c…

Higher education records reveal enrollment decline in Pennsylvania
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette © 10/12/2012)

HARRISBURG — Enrollment figures anticipated with unease for months across the State System of Higher Education were released Thursday, and the news was not good, especially for Western Pennsylvania campuses. Total enrollment at the 14 state-owned universities, which peaked two years ago at 119,513 students, slipped for the second consecutive fall, this time to 114,784. That is 3,440 students few…

 West Texas A&M receives Star Award

(Amarillo Globe-News © 10/11/2012)

West Texas A&M University has received a Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the success and retention of its first-year mathematics students, university officials said. The university received the award for its Gateway Project, which works to improve the student experience in first-year math courses and increase the number of students who successfully complete…

The first 100 years: Innovation in distance learning
(Gonzales Inquirer © 10/11/2012)

(ARA) – As students nationwide head back to school this fall, it is fascinating to reflect on how education has evolved over the past century. According to a Harvard University Report, fewer than 10 percent of 18-year-olds in 1910 graduated from high school, compared to more than 75 percent in 2009, as reported by a similar study. Furthermore, where a college education was once…

Transfer and the Community College Mission

(Inside Higher Ed © 10/11/2012)

College completion gets plenty of attention these days. But the challenges many students face in transferring from community colleges to four-year institutions is less visible, according to a new report from the American Association of Community Colleges. In addition to examining those challenges, the report looks at the role of transfer as a pathway to the bachelor’s degree and the mobility of c…

To Enroll More Minority Students, Colleges Work Around the Courts

(New York Times (State Version) © 10/11/2012)

With its decision to take up racial preferences in admissions at public colleges, the Supreme Court has touched off a national guessing game about how far it might move against affirmative action and how profoundly colleges might change as a result. But no matter how the court acts, recent history shows that when courts or new laws restrict affirmative action, colleges try to find othe…

 Oregon’s public colleges and universities awarded $450,000 by Lumina Foundation to help implement “Reverse Transfer” degrees

(Oregonian © 10/11/2012)

A new pilot program between Oregon’s public community colleges and universities will begin to offer students the option of obtaining an associate’s degree through “Reverse Transfer,” thanks to a $450,000 two-year grant from the Lumina Foundation. A joint collaboration between the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) and the Oregon University System (OUS), revers…

Birdwell to Renew Fight Against In-State Tuition Policy
(Texas Tribune © 10/11/2012)

In 2011, during his first regular session, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, filed a bill to repeal the states decade-old law allowing some undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates toattend public universities in Texas. The proposal didnt get anywhere — Birdwell concedes that he was unable to wrangle enough votes to pass it out of the Senate Higher Education Committee &mda…

Panelist: Percentage of Hispanic college graduates is low
(Midland Reporter-Telegraph © 10/10/2012)

Though more Hispanics are enrolling in colleges and universities than ever before, there’s still a long way to go before the number of degrees conferred mirrors the number of those enrolled. In Texas, half of all Hispanics who completed high school enrolled in a college or university in 2011. But if they follow in the steps of their predecessors, only about 10 percent will grad…

State Sen. Seliger’s added job title to help improve education
(Amarillo KVII (ABC) 7 © 10/09/2012)

AMARILLO, TEXAS — Senator Kel Seliger has been appointed to a new position by Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, as the head of the Senate Higher Education Committee. Seliger says he hopes to the added job title will help improve educational policies.

Student leaders say race key in admissions
(San Antonio Express-News © 10/09/2012)

AUSTIN – Student leaders in Texas agree that considering race as part of the college admissions process is an efficient way to boost racial diversity, but they are torn on the policy’s fairness. Starting Wednesday, a national spotlight will focus on the state’s largest university as the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearing Abigail Fisher’s discrimination case against the University of Texas at Aus…

Tarleton State University celebrates passing 10,000-student milestone
(Reporter News © 10/07/2012)

The outpouring of friendliness and a family-feel are some of the strongest impressions two members of the record-setting 2,233-student freshmen class have of Tarleton State University. Thanks to this fall’s freshman numbers, the Stephenville school surpassed an enrollment of 10,000 students for the first time in its 113-year history, with a total of 10,276. To celebrate the milestone, Tarleton…


Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through August 15, 2012 are posted below:

NY, 13 other states back affirmative action policy
(Amarillo Globe-News © 08/15/2012)

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, on behalf of 14 states, is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold racial preferences in college admissions. The court is scheduled to hear arguments Oct. 10 in a lawsuit by Abigail Fisher, a white student who was not admitted to the University of Texas in 2008. Fisher is challenging the university’s admissions policy as a violation of h…

A&M Trying to Distance Itself from Shooting Incident

(Amarillo KCIT (FOX) 14 © 08/15/2012)

COLLEGE STATION — A shooting that left three dead in College Station on Monday did not occur on the campus of Texas A&M University or involve members of the A&M community. Yet in headlines around the country, it is being referred to as the “Texas A&M shooting.” With new students scheduled to move into A&M’s residence halls on Sunday, this has left the university with a bit of a public relations …

Summer enrollment drop could indicate problems for colleges this fall

(Atlanta Journal-Constitution © 08/15/2012)

A general drop in enrollment this summer foreshadows what’s expected to be a rare decrease in the number of students attending the University System of Georgia this fall. John Spink, John Spink, Students attend summer classes at Georgia Perimeter’s Clarkston campus on June 18. Summer enrollment was down nearly 16 percent at the college. Fewer students translates to less mone…

Austin-area young immigrants poised to apply for temporary deportation exemption

(Austin American-Statesman © 08/15/2012)

Like their counterparts across the country, young unauthorized immigrants in Austin prepared with great but tempered expectations to begin applying today for temporary relief from deportation under a historic program offered by the Obama administration that also grants work permits to those who qualify. President Barack Obama announced the policy, enacted via executive order, in June. As many as…

TWU finds extra space

(Denton Record-Chronicle © 08/15/2012)

Texas Woman’s University signed an agreement with Quality Inn and Suites last week to reserve up to 100 rooms for an overflow of students in need of on-campus housing. Quality Inn and Suites, located on Dallas Drive, submitted one of seven bids considered. TWU chose the hotel because it could accommodate all of the university’s needs in one place, said Richard Nicholas, vice president for stude…

Texas Tech, most universities offer alerts to warn of danger

(Lubbock KJTV (FOX) 34 © 08/15/2012)

While the shooting near the Texas A&M campus was happening, university officials sent out an emergency alert to students and faculty called Code Maroon. Texas Tech has a similar electronic notification system, which helps get information to students. “Our number one priority is the protection of our community and of campus,” Texas Tech spokesman Chris Cook said. “So if you ha…

UNO will lose 130 jobs in historic budget cuts

(New Orleans Times Picayune © 08/15/2012)

Facing what he called “the most significant budget cuts” in the University of New Orleans’ 54-year history, UNO President Peter Fos announced plans Tuesday to trim spending by $12 million to make up for a budget shortfall. The strategy, which needs the state Board of Regents’ approval, was triggered by a cut of $9.3 million in the money UNO receives from the state, Fos said, along with increases i…

Community colleges across California face accreditation sanctions

(Sacramento Bee © 08/15/2012)

Community colleges throughout California are facing sanctions from the agency that accredits colleges in the West, largely a result of the state cutting funding for several years as the federal government has stepped up performance standards. The most severe cases are at the community colleges in San Francisco, San Luis Obispo and Eureka, where officials have issued sanctions one stop short of ya…

Remember Your Debt When Choosing a Major, Report Warns

(Texas Tribune © 08/15/2012)

College students hoping to have an easier time unburdening themselves of student loan debt may want to consider carefully which major they pursue, according to a new report prepared for the Legislature. Put simply: Your pocketbook is no great fan of the humanities. The report, which focuses on the relationship between students’ choice of major and their ability to repay their debt, was comp…

Why university presidents refuse reform

(Washington Post © 08/15/2012)

This piece is part of an On Leadership roundtable on higher education and the 21st-century leadership challenge for university presidents. American higher education—long the envy of the world—is facing unprecedented challenges. While the situation varies from colleges to universities and from private to public institutions, the most pressing problems are shared. The current s…

University partnerships can be shaky

(China Daily © 08/14/2012)

By Cheng Yingqi in Beijing and Molly Bodurtha in New York (China Daily) The booming education market is luring more overseas universities to open branches or establish partnerships in China, but the marriages do not always seem happy. For example, Yale Daily News recently reported that the university was terminating a joint undergraduate program with Peking University. The Peking Universi…

Rice U. Hopes Mix of Grants and ‘Add Ons’ Will Support Free Textbooks

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 08/14/2012)

By Angela Chen Rice University this year started an unusual textbook-publishing venture whose books are free to download thanks to a mix of grants and revenue from optional “add ons,” such as homework problem sets. Although it has published only two titles—for introductory courses in physics and sociology—officials announced on Tuesday that more than 13,000 students had downloaded them in th…

Texas Gets an Incomplete

(Inside Higher Ed © 08/14/2012)

By Paul Fain The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has terminated a high-profile college completion grant in Texas, a decision one community college leader in the state called abrupt and surprising. Dubbed Completion by Design, the $35-million grant encourages groups of two-year colleges in four states to work together to keep more low-income and young students from slipping through the cracks…

Need-Based Aid and Student Persistence

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 08/13/2012)

By Beckie Supiano Last summer the Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study at the University of Wisconsin at Madison released a report ( )examining the relationship between need-based aid and persistence. The same grant, it found, doesn’t affect all students in the same way. On Monday the researchers released an update that considers…

Region’s colleges look out of state for students, more tuition money

(Kansas City Star © 08/13/2012)

Before Chicago native Julie Fine visited the University of Missouri campus, she had no idea where Columbia was, or what she would find there. I pictured tumbleweeds and Dorothy, she said. But she came, she saw, she enrolled. Now the junior majoring in journalism leads campus tours for new students and more and more of them, like her, are from out of state. About 35 percent of MUs freshmen thi…

Access to high tech a challenge for students with disabilities

(San Antonio Express-News © 08/13/2012)

Anyone with an inbox has been there: navigating through cluttered emails, sifting through spam and newsletters, searching for a certain message. Few could manage with their eyes closed. Necessary technologies such as email can pose a barrier for vision-impaired students at Texas colleges and universities. For students with vision, hearing, learning or physical disabilities, keeping up with fast-c…

Some universities require students to use e-textbooks

(USA Today © 08/13/2012)

Students don’t seem to want to buy e-textbooks. So some schools are simply forcing them. By Jack Gruber,, USA TODAY In tablet form: E-textbooks are just a fraction of overall sales. While several colleges across the country are pushing electronic textbooks, touting them as more efficient and less cumbersome than regular textbooks, students are reluctant. E-textbooks still account for…

Retiring UT-Arlington president reflects on fundraising, growth, athletics

(Austin American-Statesman © 08/12/2012)

After more than eight years as president of the University of Texas at Arlington, James Spaniolo is calling it quits. He’s had a good run. Research spending has tripled since he arrived in 2004. Enrollment has grown to more than 33,000. The campus has shed much of its commuter-school feel, thanks to several improvements to the campus. Spaniolo, 66, who plans to stay on until a successor is named…

Ed schools vs. education

(Pittsburgh Post Gazette © 08/12/2012)

If our kids learned as much in school as Canadian kids do, we’d increase our gross domestic product by about $50 trillion over the next 80 years, estimates Eric Hanushek of the Hoover Institution. The GDP gain would be doubled if our kids learned as much as Finnish kids do, he said. The average yearly gain would be enough to wipe out our $1.2 trillion federal budget deficit. “The achievemen…

Schovanec is named Texas Tech’s interim president

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram © 08/11/2012)

EL PASO — Texas Tech Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Lawrence Schovanec was appointed interim president of the university by the Tech System Board of Regents in a unanimous vote Friday in El Paso.The professor and former chairman of the department of mathematics and statistics has served as dean since June 2010, according to a 2010 news release on Tech’s website.Schovanec said he is exci…

SHSU maintains ‘Great College to Work for’ status

(Huntsville Item © 08/11/2012)

HUNTSVILLE — Sam Houston State University has once again been named “A Great College To Work For,” according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. SHSU has made the list as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for three consecutive years. The results, released Friday (Aug. 10) in The Chronicle’s fifth annual report on The Academic Wo…

Coursera Hits 1 Million Students, With Udacity Close Behind

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 08/10/2012)

By Jeffrey R. Young Coursera, an upstart company working with selective universities to offer free online courses, announced this week that it had reached one million registered students. A rival company, Udacity, which also offers what have become known as Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOC’s, says it has more than 739,000 students. The numbers, however, are more symbolic of interest in f…

Heath Science Center merger with A&M could be completed next year

(Bryan-College Station Eagle © 08/15/2012)

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin announced Tuesday that the A&M Health Science Center could be merged into the flagship university in College Station by January 2013. The A&M System Board of Regents gave Loftin and Health Science Center Pres…

In an Economic Storm, a College Degree Is Still the Best Umbrella

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 08/15/2012)

By Eric Hoover Weathering the recession with a college degree can be tough. Weathering it without one is much tougher. That’s the main finding of a new report based on a study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. According to a report on the findings, the vast majority of jobs lost during and after the recession were held by workers with no more than a high-schoo…

Nursing school: Philanthropist provides boost

(El Paso Times © 08/15/2012)

Philanthropical money has again helped add a building block to El Paso’s Medical Center of the Americas. On Friday, the Texas Tech University Systems Board of Regents approved $11 million to construct a nursing school building on its Central El Paso campus. That’s in addition to $10 million in seed money donated by the Woody and Gayle Hunt family.The catalyst for the four-year Foster Medical Schoo…

International Education: A Key Driver of Canada’s Future Prosperity

(Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada) © 08/15/2012)

Report Recommends Doubling Number of Foreign Students in Canada by 2022: This report from the expert advisory panel to Canada’s international education strategy says Canada should seek to double the number of full-time international students studying there — to more than 450,000 — by 2022. It also suggests creating an international mobility program for Canadian students, serving 50,000 students…

Another Cut for Grad Student Aid

(Inside Higher Ed © 08/15/2012)

By Libby A. Nelson It’s been a rough year for federal financial aid for graduate students: Congressional budget cuts have ended the Javits Fellowship, a grant program for needy students, beginning this fall, as well as cutting off federal subsidies for graduate student loans. Now the Education Department has added another cut: the McNair Scholars program, a federal TRIO program intended to…

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross active in demonstrating ‘cutting edge’ technology

(Odessa American © 08/15/2012)

ALPINE Sul Ross State University students and faculty travelled to Los Angeles recently to produce an old play with new technology. The experience was applied to new classes in computer gaming design and technology that will be taught for the first time this fall. A four-minute movie trailer produced with innovative motion capture equipment included clips of Sul Ross actors performin…

How to Train Graduate Students in Research Ethics: Lessons From 6 Universities

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 08/14/2012)

By Beth Mole What do graduate students consider ethical research conduct? It depends on their adviser, says a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools. According to the report, which is being released today, graduate students overly rely on their advisers, rather than university resources, for guidance on thorny issues such as spotting self-plagiarism, identifying research misconduct,…

Foreign Scientists and U.S. Policy Makers Seek Ways Around Visa Stalemate

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 08/13/2012)

By Paul Basken While Ankit Agarwal was a chemical-engineering postdoc at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he came up with an idea that could save thousands of lives. An expert in nanotechnology, Mr. Agarwal helped devise a way of embedding tiny amounts of silver, a known antibacterial agent, into skin grafts. That, he says, could prevent most of the 100,000 deaths each year in the Uni…

As Medi-Cal soars, higher education loses

(San Francisco Chronicle © 08/13/2012)

The U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Obama administration’s health care law opens the door for millions more to get coverage through the expansion of Medicaid, the public health insurance for the poor. But if history is any guide, college students could feel the pinch as states cut aid to higher education to expand health care. Why? Now Medicaid is split between states and the federa…

Texas can cut down on the cost of higher education

(Houston Chronicle © 08/12/2012)

At a public hearing on higher education, a Texas legislator confessed that she began saving for her two daughters’ college education at their births, but lamented that it was “still not enough.” I responded to her, not entirely in jest, that she might sell her house. It is time to rebel against outrageous college costs. The number of Americans with student debt rose from 23 million in 2005 to 37 …

The IT industry is begging for women workers

(San Antonio Express-News © 08/12/2012)

When it comes to the technology industry, women are an endangered species. The number of women entering computer science and information technology fields is dramatically lower than their male counterparts, and the figure is shrinking. Take a ride up the corporate ladder, and the numbers get even smaller. It’s a chicken-and-egg situation: There are fewer women in IT because few women have the ed…

Yes, MOOC is the global higher education game changer

(University World News © 08/12/2012)

Simon Marginson Free Massive Open Online Courseware – MOOC – is less than a year old but it is already clear this will be the game changer in higher education worldwide. Right now it is reverberating through the world’s universities like a tectonic shock. The new paradigm, first developed in the northern autumn of 2011 by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig (pictured) at Stanford University alo…

UNT regents to discuss merging campuses

(Denton Record-Chronicle © 08/11/2012)

The University of North Texas system is considering the reorganization of UNT in Denton and the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth into a single academic institution, according to an announcement made Friday. The UNT Board of Regents will discuss the proposal during its regular meeting Thursday and decide whether to conduct a study on the benefits and disadvantages of the reorganization, Cha…

$2.5 Million Grant Brings Green Energy Manufacturing to UTEP

(El Paso Inc © 08/11/2012)

The Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Education to support “Fusing Green Energy into Manufacturing Engineering Education.” The grant funds a five-year collaboration between UTEP and Drexel University in Philadelphia that will integrate green energy manufacturing courses …

Is higher education failing Texas?

(Wichita Times Record © 08/11/2012)

If Texas doesn’t do a better job of educating its youth for the jobs that exist, its workforce will look more like Mexico than America, said Raymund Paredes, commissioner of Higher Education for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The obstacles are serious, pervasive and rooted at all levels of education, he said Friday. Paredes addressed Midwestern State University regents in a quart…

State Authorization and Title IV Compliance: Why You Need to Act

(Academic Impressions © 08/10/2012)

The federal government’s attention to the state authorization rule — requiring colleges and universities delivering online education to obtain authorization in states from which they enroll students — has received a lot of attention over the past couple of years. Yet the level of urgency required from postsecondary institutions and the potential liabilities involved have not always been immedia…

Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through August 6, 2012 are posted below:

NMSU program works to create a diverse field of biomedical researchers
(El Paso Times © 08/06/2012)

LAS CRUCES — For the past 16 years, Michael Johnson has shepherded New Mexico State University’s Minority Access to Research Careers program and, more importantly for him, the many students who have successfully gone through the curriculum. “You can help students achieve dreams they never thought they could shoot for,” said Johnson, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of …

UT medical school would cost $4.1 billion over 12 years, records show

(Austin American-Statesman © 08/05/2012)

Published: 8:43 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 A proposed University of Texas medical school would start with a relatively modest annual budget of $23 million and grow in 12 years to a $510 million enterprise, according to cost estimates the American-Statesman obtained under the Texas Public Information Act. The figures include debt financing of $233 million to build and eq…

Report places UTB in Top 25

(Brownsville Herald © 08/05/2012)

Rio Grande Valley higher education institutions ranked among the top 25 schools in the nation producing Latino graduates with STEM degrees, according to a report released by a Washington-based nonprofit. However, the report on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees for Latinos shows that the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is outranked by the Unive…

Monterrey native spotlighted for contribution to UTPA tech startup

(Brownsville Herald © 08/05/2012)

McALLEN — The University of Texas-Pan American’s first technology startup company can teach the nation how foreign-born graduates can reinvent the U.S. economy, according to a report from the Partner-ship for a New American Economy. That organization — whose members include hundreds of mayors and business leaders from across the country — highlighted the McAllen-based Fibe…

PERRYMAN: Sustained development in Texas requires education

(Odessa American © 08/05/2012)

We recently completed our annual long-term forecasting effort. (If you’re a regular reader of this column, you have recently seen highlights of our projections.) After sorting through massive amounts of information, my conclusion is that Texas stands to outperform most parts of the United States over an extended time horizon. Even so, the state faces unique challenges in addition to those f…

Computer era raises eyestrain complaints

(Sacramento Bee © 08/05/2012)

In Steve Jang’s job, he spends a good amount of his workday in the sunny outdoors. But the owner of a Sacramento pool service also spends hours a day at the computer screen, and it’s causing his eyesight to take a dive. “My eyes get really tired, my vision gets blurry and I sometimes get a headache,” said Jang, 44. “When I’m on the computer, I have to stop every once in a while, or dim the lights…

Regents Approve Moving Health Science Center Under A&M

(Texas Tribune © 08/04/2012)

At a meeting on Friday, the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents gave the go-ahead to move the system’s Texas A&M Health Science Center under the administration of Texas A&M University. A&M System Chancellor John Sharp told the Tribune on Thursday that such a move would be a boon to the university because it would foster collaboration with health science center researchers…

Collaborative Research Is Becoming More Popular, NSF Report Says

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 08/03/2012)

The National Science Foundation has urged universities that are concerned about securing federal research dollars in a time of increasing budget pressures to collaborate, and a new report from the agency concludes that such a collaborative approach has become more popular in the last decade. During the 2000 to 2009 fiscal years, the report says, the amount of research money that flowed through uni…

Cancer agency board approves $39.4 million in grants

(Houston Chronicle © 08/03/2012)

AUSTIN – The state cancer institute Thursday approved a slate of research grants set aside last spring to fast-track funding for a controversial $20 million Houston commercialization grant. The seven grants were part of $114 million in cancer-fighting funding announced Thursday by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, including more than $50 million for the recruitment of 20 can…

Demand soars for foreign tech workers

(Nashville Tennessean © 08/03/2012)

Pietro Valdastri visited Nashville for the first time almost a year ago, not as a tourist but as a new hire. Valdastri joined Vanderbilt University as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in September. In doing so, he left the university where he taught and earned a doctorate in bioengineering and moved his family nearly 4,900 miles from Pisa, Italy. ?I really enjoy it here,? Valdast…

Sharp proposes $100 million fund to attract academic researchers

(Bryan-College Station Eagle © 08/02/2012)

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announced Wednesday that he plans to set aside $100 million over the next three years to attract top-flight researchers to College Station. The money will be used to lure professors to Texas A&M who have a…

The Aging English Professoriate

(Inside Higher Ed © 08/02/2012)

By Jack Grove for Times Higher Education Fewer academics are gaining their first job at a university by the age of 30, while the number of older ­scholars has increased sharply. These are among the findings of a report by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the changing profile of people working in the sector over the past 15 years. The study found that the number of academi…

Financial crime common in Canadian universities

(The Globe and Mail (Canada) © 08/02/2012)

By JAMES BRADSHAW Five- and six-figure sums routinely go missing auditors reveal Trust, freedom, integrity. Fraud. A pair of recent million-dollar heists at Canadian universities have shown that the culture of collegiality these post-secondary institutions strive to foster, not to mention the complexities of mixing business and academics, expose them to financial cheats who are constantl…

More B-Schools Choose Women as Deans

(The Wall Street Journal © 08/02/2012)

Business school may still be a man’s world, but institutions are looking to shake things up by placing female talent at the helm. Eager to achieve—or at least approach—gender parity in their administrative ranks, many schools are “acting affirmatively” by picking women over similarly qualified men to fill deanship slots, says Lucy Apthorp Leske, a partner at search firm Witt/Kieffer. By doing s…

Math and science fields battle persistent gender gap

(USA Today © 08/02/2012)

If the goal of an engineering camp at Kettering University is to get high school girls jazzed about math- and science-related careers, let there be no doubt that Lauryn Watkoske is jazzed.On this July afternoon, she sewed up a 1-inch gash in a hot dog that she could see only by watching a videocamera, an exercise that simulated robotically assisted surgery and tested her hand-eye coordination.”I u…

Who Graduates With Six-Figure Student-Loan Debt?

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 08/01/2012)

By Eric Hoover

The $100K Debt Club gets a lot of press, but its members are relatively few. Only 1.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate students graduated with six-figure student-loan debt in 2007-8, according to a new paper by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Fastweb and Yet, as Mr. Kantrowitz writes, “much can be learned by examining extreme examples.” He analyzed the chara…

Announcing the Finalists of The Scientist’s 10th Annual Best Places to Work in Academia Survey

(San Francisco Chronicle © 08/01/2012)

The Scientist Releases Results Today of Its 10th Annual Worldwide Survey New York, NY (PRWEB) August 01, 2012 The Scientist is proud to announce the results of its 10th annual Best Places to Work in Academia survey. For the second year in a row, readers ranked the J. David Gladstone Institutes as the top institution for academic researchers, citing job satisfaction and the opportunity for promo…

Backing Off on State Authorization

(Inside Higher Ed © 07/31/2012)

By Libby A. Nelson WASHINGTON — In a reversal of one of the most sweeping and controversial portions of its program integrity rules, the Education Department said Friday that it will no longer enforce a requirement that distance education programs obtain permission to operate in every state in which they enroll at least one student. The change was announced quietly — on the third page of a…

Southern University System Finds Creative Way To Attract Students

(Diverse Issues in Higher Education © 08/06/2012)

by Pearl Stewart When the fall semester begins at Southern University Baton Rouge, freshman orientation will be a bit different this year. In addition to the 892 incoming freshmen being welcomed to the Louisiana campus, about 150 community college students also will be greeted. They are enrolled at Southern University at Shreveport, a two-year community college. As part of a new enrollment p…

Only 10 CSU campuses accepting new students for spring

(San Jose Mercury News © 08/06/2012)

Budget cuts alone won’t help the California State University System make ends meet. With budget reductions year after year and a potential additional $250 million trigger cut on the horizon, only 10 CSU campuses will be accepting new student applications for the spring semester. Moreover, those students will have to have earned an Associate Degree for transfer from a California Com…

Governor’s $10,000 bachelor’s degrees a work in progress

(Austin American-Statesman © 08/05/2012)

Updated: 11:27 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 Published: 9:31 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012 Lara Fly first heard about it on the radio: a bachelor’s degree with a four-year price tag of $10,000 for tuition and fees. “At the time, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go to college,” she said. “We — my parents and I — de…

Few Sacramento State students able to graduate in four years

(Sacramento Bee © 08/05/2012)

Starlight Trotter will begin her fifth year at Sacramento State in three weeks. She isn’t happy about it. The 23-year-old psychology major thought she would be a counselor or therapist by now. Instead, she’s still in college and a student assistant in the theater arts department. “I just want to get out of here,” she said recently, as she stapled sheets of paper to bulletin boards…

Colleges see higher demand for degrees in agriculture

(USA Today © 08/05/2012)

Enrollment is booming at many colleges of agriculture, as students flock to study subjects they feel offer a clear path to a job on graduation.Ag-related college majors appeal to both the heart and mind of a student, university officials say, as a booming agriculture industry and practical skills taught at the colleges can help develop a career that addresses issues such as global hunger and obesi…

Struggling for Students’ Readiness

(New York Times (State Version) © 08/04/2012)

The majority of Texas students do not leave public schools prepared for college. Fewer than one in two students met the state’s “college readiness” standards in math and verbal skills on ACT, SAT and TAKS scores in 2010. Though average SAT scores in both verbal and math dropped between 2007 and 2010 — a trend that state education officials have attributed to an …

Finding troubled students

(Tampa Tribune © 08/04/2012)

TAMPA — When Charles Whitman climbed to the top of the clock tower at the University of Texas in 1966 and fired at students below, the incident was so bizarre that physicians autopsied his body for a brain tumor. What else, they asked, could cause such aberrant behavior? Today, the idea of a young man in college turning a gun on others, then on himself, happens frequently enou…

Texas Completes announces strategies for student success

(Ultimate Woodlands © 08/04/2012)

The Lone Star College System and partner community colleges announced an action plan to improve college completion rates. In a news release issued July 31, the Lone Star College System said it is “moving from planning into implementation” of the Texas Completes program. The program aims to ensure students at community colleges in Texas complete their programs or move on to four-year institution…

Simmons expected to retire

(Beaumont Enterprise © 08/03/2012)

A source close to Lamar University says President James Simmons will announce his retirement Friday morning. Officials at Lamar University will not confirm the announcement. The university called a meeting for 10 a.m. Friday, inviting faculty, staff and news media to an “important campus meeting” at the campus library. Simmons was named university president in February 1999. He previously ta…

McFarland acting president of A&M-Texarkana

(Commerce Journal © 08/03/2012)

COMMERCE — Texas A&M announced today that Dr. C.B. Rathburn III has resigned as president and CEO of Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Former president and faculty member of Texas A&M University-Commerce Dr. Keith McFarland will take over as acting president. Rathburn was hired in July of 2008 and oversaw major developments in infrastructure and student population. He will re…

Colleges Freeze, Reduce Tuition as Public Balks at Further Price Hikes

(Diverse Issues in Higher Education © 08/03/2012)

by Jon Marcus, The Hechinger Report As an undergraduate at the University of California–Irvine, Christopher Campbell was almost forced to drop out by repeated double-digit increases in tuition — some in the middle of the academic year — to compensate for massive state budget cuts. Campbell ultimately made it through and is starting law school at UCI this fall. But he watched classmates driv…

UTPA to award one-time employee merit payment

(McAllen Monitor © 08/03/2012)

EDINBURG — University of Texas-Pan American faculty and staff members will see no salary increases for the fourth year in a row, but will be eligible to get a one-time merit payment from university reserves, UTPA President Robert Nelsen announced this week. Nelsen sent out an email Monday telling faculty and staff that he would authorize funding from the university’s reserves to allow…

Forbes Magazine’s Top College List

(San Antonio WOAI (NBC) © 08/03/2012)

Forbes’ annual best colleges list is out. Princeton University is back on top after. Williams College ranked number two. Stanford University rounded out the top three. Here’s a look at some of the Texas schools that made the list. Rice University had the best state ranking at number 37. Trinity University came in at number 101, followed by University of Texas at Austin number 104….

Workforce Leader Calls For More Training

(Tyler Morning Telegraph © 08/03/2012)

BY CASEY MURPHY Texas Workforce Commissioner Tom Pauken believes the state needs to offer more opportunities in skills training for high school students to prepare them for the workforce, instead of focusing on standardized testing. Pauken, the commissioner representing employers, and his staff are putting on the Texas Business Conference today in Longview, so he stopped b…

Hiring comes to halt at UNT

(Denton Record-Chronicle © 08/01/2012)

The University of North Texas is implementing a hiring freeze effective today. “Our state continues to face a tough fiscal situation and our budgets are uncertain at UNT,” President V. Lane Rawlins wrote in a letter to faculty and staff on Monday. UNT is citing three reasons for the freeze, which include a decline in enrollment, waivers and exemptions that lower the university’s tuition revenue,…

Cal State faculty agree to four-year no-raise contract

(Los Angeles Times © 08/01/2012)

Cal State faculty agree to four-year no-raise contract The tentative pact, reached after two years of contentious talks, averts the potential of strikes this fall. Faculty members haven’t had a raise in five years. …

The importance of post-secondary certificates

( © 08/01/2012)

As the debate rages about the value of college, another education option is finally getting well-deserved attention. Post-secondary certificates are putting significantly more Americans on an affordable pathway to gainful employment, according to a new study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, co-funded by the Lumina Foundation. This is good news for our economy, an…

Students Spent Slightly Less on Textbooks Last Year, Survey Finds

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 07/31/2012)

By Timothy Sandoval College students said they spent slightly less on textbooks and other course materials last year, compared with 2009, and almost $50 less than five years ago, according to survey results released on Tuesday by the National Association of College Stores. When they were surveyed in the fall of 2011, students estimated that they spent $655 on course materials that year, less…


Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through July 12, 2012 are posted below:

College Isn’t So Unaffordable
(Inside Higher Ed © 07/12/2012)

By Doug Lederman You know all those newspaper headlines and television talking heads saying that college is unaffordable? They’re flawed, a new report argues. Okay, so that’s a significant oversimplification of the nuanced (and slightly tortured) arguments of “Is College Affordable? In Search of a Meaningful Definition,” a white paper published Wednesday by the Institute for Higher Edu…

Global Education Shifts

(Inside Higher Ed © 07/12/2012)

By Elise Young China and India are expanding their influence in the higher education arena — according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, about 40 percent of young postsecondary degree-holders in leading countries will come from China and India by 2020. The United States and some European Union countries will produce about 25 percent. The report…

College completion rates up — slightly

(San Antonio Express-News © 07/12/2012)

College completion rates are looking up but they’re still far from reaching national post-secondary graduation targets, according to numbers released today by the U.S. Department of Education. The statistics show a click upward, by half a percentage point, of the proportion of 25- to 34-year-olds with a postsecondary degree in the United States, to 39.3 percent. In a state-by-state comparison ba…

Texas State University System Has $10,000 Degree Plan

(Texas Tribune © 07/12/2012)

The Texas State University System is the state’s third major university system to announce the development of a bachelor’s degree that only costs $10,000 — a response to Gov. Rick Perry’s 2011 call for more affordable higher education offerings. Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College, an upper-division college in the Texas State University System, has partnered with Southwest Texas Ju…

MOOC’s Aren’t a Panacea, but That Doesn’t Blunt Their Promise

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 07/11/2012)

By Jeff Selingo The battle for the future of higher ed has landed—at least for the time being—on a concept few in academe had even heard of a year ago: the Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. The idea of offering free courses online to tens of thousands of students has suddenly become the latest, greatest way to “fix” higher ed, promoted by education-technology entrepreneurs and bemoaned by tr…

Quirk in Texas testing law could cost high schoolers a shot at state universities

(Dallas Morning News © 07/11/2012)

AUSTIN — Thousands of Texas high school students could be denied admission to all state universities in three years under a little-known requirement of the state laws that created the new end-of-course tests for those students. The statutes require students to pass three of the 15 end-of-course exams that debuted in Texas schools this spring — Algebra II and English III reading and writing — befo…

More Than Facts and Formulas

(Inside Higher Ed © 07/11/2012)

By Elise Young Educators should not teach only facts and formulas — they should also teach students how to use that subject knowledge to remain academically motivated, think critically, and communicate ideas to others, according to a report about education and life skills released Tuesday by the National Research Council. The report — “Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable…

Where Are All the Adults?

(Inside Higher Ed © 07/11/2012)

By Paul Fain Colleges generally do a lousy job of keeping tabs on the graduation rates of their adult students. But that may change if accreditors follow the lead of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Nontraditional students who are adults and attend college part-time are a large, growing segment of American higher education. They will also play a big role in the succes…

Roiled Over Raises

(Inside Higher Ed © 07/11/2012)

By Kaustuv Basu Governor Christine Gregoire of Washington State is considered a friend of public higher education, someone who has backed universities during tough fiscal times. But in the last month, she found herself frustrated by one of those universities. So much so that the Democratic governor recently wrote a strongly-worded letter to Bruce Shepard, president of Western Washington Univ…

Competency Loves Company

(Inside Higher Ed © 07/11/2012)

By Steve Kolowich Northern Arizona University has inked a deal with Pearson to co-develop three fully online baccalaureate degree programs based on the increasingly popular and somewhat controversial “competency based” model of higher education. Beginning in January, the university plans to offer competency-based courses and bachelor’s degrees in business administration, computer information…

Targeting Blacks, Latinos for College Success: No Man Left Behind

(Diverse Issues in Higher Education © 07/10/2012)

by Clarence V. Reynolds, July 10, 2012 This winter, Jacobbie Watts, a young man from Lexington, Ky., enrolled at the College of New Rochelle School of New Resources to study business and education. “I want to get a ‘good’ job,” he said enthusiastically. “I have worked since graduation from high school, but only in low-paying jobs where I could not see a future beyond the position that I was in….

Study Abroad, Graduate on Time

(Inside Higher Ed © 07/10/2012)

By Elizabeth Redden Many of the efforts to quantify study abroad’s impact focus on international learning outcomes: intercultural competency, “global-mindedness,” or foreign language acquisition. Increasingly, international educators are researching the link between study abroad and retention and graduation rates, busting the myth that study abroad delays time to graduation and raising question…

Improving Faculty Advising

(Academic Impressions © 07/06/2012)

Over the past nine months, Academic Impressions has conducted several surveys of academic deans, department chairs, and directors of advising to investigate current trends in developing and assessing both faculty advisors and professional advisors. Among the key findings: In a March 2012 survey, we learned that less than one-fifth of those institutions surveyed devote “sufficient resources”…

Professors Put Textbooks Online to Reduce Costs

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 07/06/2012)

By Angela Chen The rising cost of textbooks—along with the rise of easy-to-use publishing tools online—has helped drive the popularity of open-source materials and professors’ taking a do-it-yourself approach to textbook publishing. Here are three professors who wrote their own textbooks and are distributing them free. *** One year ago, students began coming to the philosophy class of Bre…

Google, Microsoft, Higher Ed Groups Bring Super Wi-Fi To Underserved College Towns

(edcetera © 07/03/2012)

by Caitlin Moriarity Small, underserved college towns will have a chance to receive Super Wi-Fi networks from AIR.U, a partnership between higher education institutions and tech companies such as Microsoft and Google. Gig.U, a group of 37 major universities whose mission is to accelerate the deployment of next-generation wireless networks, announced the AIR.U partnership to deploy Super Wi-…

Income-Based Repayment of Student Loans: If Only Borrowers Knew

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 07/02/2012)

By Beckie Supiano Everyone worries about deeply indebted college graduates with poor job prospects. Yet a program that helps those very borrowers, letting them repay their loans on the basis of how much they make, gets little attention. For a few years now, the government has allowed borrowers whose federal student-loan debt is heavy relative to their income and family size to choose income-…

Where Competency-Based Degree Programs Work

(Inside Higher Ed © 07/02/2012)

In a new report the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning describes various “showcase” models of competency-based degree programs, which are efficient at eliminating redundant coursework or unnecessary degree requirements. There are a variety of sound approaches to competency-based education, the report found, which ensure the quality of a degree by focusing on outcomes rather than the amoun…

Globalization: Words and Actions

(Inside Higher Ed © 06/28/2012)

By Elise Young There’s hardly a college worth its salt today that doesn’t claim to be “global.” But a report released Tuesday by the American Council on Education finds that when it comes to internationalization, some institutions’ words might speak louder than their actions. Part of the council’s Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses initiative, the report assessed institutions’…

TWU joins The Op-Ed national initiative

(Press Release © 06/25/2012)

DENTON — Texas Woman’s University has joined a national effort to dramatically increase the influence and contribution of women’s voices in today’s society. TWU, the nation’s largest university primarily for women, is the first public university to be associated with The Op-Ed Project, a yearlong social venture founded to increase the number of women contributing to key commentary forums – news…

Texas receives $1M grant to pilot the Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program

(Press Release © 06/19/2012)

June 19, 2012 – Austin, Texas – Today, the College For All Texans Foundation received a $1 million grant to help design, pilot, and scale the Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Program—a low-cost alternative to a postsecondary degree, with special focus on students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The grant has been awarded to support a partnership between the Texas Higher Education Coordinatin…


  • Academic Impressions is addressing faculty advising at an upcoming conference Retaining Students in Online Education, Phoenix, AZ on September 26-28, 2012 to discuss practical strategies for online student retention. Also: Proactive Advising to Retain First-Year and Transfer Students, an August 2, 2012 webcast that will walk you through a proactive advising model focused on anticipating student needs and engaging them early — as soon as they are admitted to the institution. See “Improving Faculty Advising” (article below).
  • Fox Business “Vocation School vs. Higher Education” video aired 7/13/2012 at Highlights: Businesses are struggling to find workers, positions are unfulfilled for long periods of time. Most do not require a college education. Many are high-paying, at $20+/hour, and those with degrees are not qualified. Tech-school grads receive multiple job offers. Washington has a major push to go to college, take out loans. The Dept. of Labor predicts employment growth for plumbers, electricians, A/C mechanics, etc.

Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through June 27, 2012 are posted below:

UT, A&M named in richest universities list

(Austin KVUE (ABC) 24 © 06/26/2012)

AUSTIN — The University of Texas, as well as Texas A&M University, rank among the richest colleges in America, according to a new study. UT makes the list at number three behind Harvard and Yale. The rank is based on 2011 endowment funds. UT’s totaled more than $17 billion, a 22 percent increase from 2010. Texas A&M came in at number 10 with about $7 billion in endowment funds …

Michigan universities, colleges get $300 million from state for building projects

(Detroit Free Press © 06/26/2012)

Checks to Michigan’s universities and community colleges totaling $300 million for 18 building projects represent a significant investment in higher education, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday. The projects will focus heavily on buildings used as labs and classrooms for health, science, technology and engineering students, Snyder noted — a reflection of the state’s drive to increase the number of gr…

News is good for Texas, not just A&M

(San Antonio Express-News © 06/25/2012)

The selection of the Texas A&M University System as the recipient of a federal contract for a biodefense center is good medical news for the country and a great economic boost for the state. The College Station vaccine center is one of three federally funded biosecurity projects aimed at developing a defense against bioterrorism. The centers, in Texas, Maryland and North Carolina, will produc…

Health care industry feels the shortage of IT workers

(Minneapolis Star Tribune © 06/24/2012)

The next wave of workers hired by the nation’s health care industry may never see a patient. Instead, they’ll need to know what Kelly Dale teaches at St. Paul College — the complex medical coding system used by hospitals and clinics to get paid. Her students are on the front line of an effort by the nation’s colleges and universities to train more workers for the medical system’s continued ma…

UTSA research division getting revamp

(San Antonio Express-News © 06/24/2012)

The University of Texas at San Antonio,which dreams of joining the ranks of the state’s premier research universities, is overhauling its research division after experts found overzealous policies might have done more harm than good. The shakeup comes after a biting review found the gap between administrators’ practices and researchers’ needs was jeopardizing UTSA’s ability to recruit and retain …

Program bringing medical students to rural areas

(Beaumont Enterprise © 06/23/2012)

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — First-year medical student Ben Moresco, of Eagle, has always been interested in rural medicine.”The roles doctors can play in a smaller community are more appealing to me than being in a large community,” Moresco said. “You get to be more involved and essential.”There’s a growing need for health care in remote areas. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Informati…

UNT to get $7.3 million grant

(Denton Record-Chronicle © 06/23/2012)

The University of North Texas Health Science Center, in partnership with Brookdale Senior Living, will receive a grant from the Health Care Innovation Awards. The grants are made possible by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “What the [Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] is doing is funding different projects that have a lot of potential,” said Joe Pagan, professor and cha…

More Stringent Requirements Send Nurses Back to School

(New York Times © 06/23/2012)

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA ABINGTON, Pa. — Jennifer Matton is going to college for the third time, no easy thing with a job, church groups and four children with activities from lacrosse to Boy Scouts. She always planned to return to school, but as it turned out, she had little choice: her career depended on it. Ms. Matton, a nurse, works at Abington Memorial Hospital, one of hundreds around the…

Health Science Center president taking medical leave

(San Antonio Express-News © 06/23/2012)

The president of the University of Texas Health Science Center announced Friday that he will be taking a medical leave of absence of several months. Dr. William Henrich, 65, a kidney disease specialist who has led the health science center since 2009, has myelodysplasia, a blood and bone marrow disorder once known as preleukemia. In some patients it can progress to acute myelogenous leukemia. …

Americans may become minority in UCSD engineering

(San Diego Union Tribune © 06/23/2012)

The number of international students enrolled in graduate programs at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering has risen for the past five years and is nearing the 50 percent mark, according to the campus. Last fall, 665 of the program’s 1,493 grad students — or 44.5 percent — were from countries other than the United States. The greatest number of international students — 13 percent — came…

Upward Bound program lands ‘Five-Star’ grant

(San Marcos Record © 06/23/2012)

The San Marcos Record Fri Jun 22, 2012, 05:00 PM CDT San Marcos — The Upward Bound Program at Texas State University-San Marcos has received a five-year continuation grant from the Department of Education. The grant will provide academic and college readiness support to students at San Marcos, Lehman and Seguin High Schools. The grant is given annually in the amount o…

New heating system to reduce Sul Ross utility costs by $300,000 annually

(Alpine Avalanche © 06/22/2012)

Installation of a new campus-wide heating system is expected to reduce Sul Ross State University’s energy costs by at least one-third. The approximately $7 million project, authorized by the Texas State Legislature, was begun May 7 and will be completed by Aug. 20, said Jim Clouse, associate vice president for Facilities Planning, Construction and Operations. …

Sul Ross State University’s Upward Bound program awarded five-year funding

(Alpine Avalanche © 06/22/2012)

The Sul Ross State University Upward Bound program was recently awarded funding for the next five years by the U.S. Department of Education. This annual grant of $293,157 will be used by the Upward Bound program to help low-income, first-generation students from four area high schools: Van Horn, Sierra Blanca, Marfa and Big Bend to prepare for and succeed in post-secondary education. …

Watson, Powers: Medical school would boost Austin’s reputation, economy as UT always has
(Austin American-Statesman © 06/22/2012)

The history, people and economy of Austin and the University of Texas are tightly bound together. They have been for more than a century. To borrow a medical concept, Austin and UT — the city and the school — are connected at a molecular level. We share an identity; it’s part of our collective DNA. The university and its hometown support each other culturally, spiritually and economi…

University of Washington launches $20 million venture capital fund to boost startups

(Oregonian © 06/21/2012)

The University of Washington launched a $20 million venture capital fund Wednesday to help start businesses founded on research from the UW and other state universities and institutions. General manager Linden Rhoads of the UW’s Center for Commercialization says the W Fund has enough money to fund about two dozen startups over the next four years. The Seattle Times reports more than …

UCSF joins trend offering published research free

(San Francisco Chronicle © 06/21/2012)

UCSF has joined the growing ranks of academic institutions that are offering most, if not all, of their research free to the public, by requiring that all published scientific studies be added by their authors to a university repository accessible to everyone. The policy change at UCSF, which was announced last month, is part of a global shift toward “open access” – improving the exchange of sci…

New Air Force dental school opens

(San Antonio Express-News © 06/20/2012)

An army marches on its stomach, the saying goes. For that to happen, it needs good teeth. The Air Force on Wednesday officially dedicates a new $38 million schoolhouse next to Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, to train military dentists in advanced specialties such as orthodontics, prosthodontics and oral surgery. Those residents and fellows in turn operate clinics there for active duty p…

Bucking the Bad Economy, a Few Universities Plan to Hire Hundreds of Faculty

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 06/25/2012)

By Beth Mole When Brad R. Simpson visited the University of Connecticut for a job interview in February, he was struck by a vibe that he finds increasingly rare on college campuses. People, he says, were optimistic. At a time when he encounters many demoralized professors, as campuses across the nation slash budgets and freeze hiring, the University of Connecticut is one of a few that have r…

Michigan colleges go out of state for students

(Detroit Free Press © 06/25/2012)

Michigan’s public universities are increasing the number of nonresident students on their campuses in an effort to battle demographic slumps in state high school graduates and buttress slumping budgets. In tough financial times, out-of-state students are attractive for a simple reason: They pay higher tuition rates. On average, it costs $12,000 more for nonresidents to attend a Michigan universit…

Tech jobs go begging in New Orleans

(New Orleans Times Picayune © 06/25/2012)

Matt Wisdom can’t hire people fast enough for TurboSquid, the web-based technology company he founded in New Orleans in 2000. TurboSquid hired 31 people last year and wants to hire more. But Wisdom said a shortage of engineers makes it difficult for TurboSquid and other technology companies to find qualified people. Eliot Kamenitz, The Times-PicayuneTurboSquid President Matt Wisdom says a good…

Should Tenure for College Professors Be Abolished?

(The Wall Street Journal © 06/25/2012)

At some point, discussions about the quality of higher education in the U.S. come around to the subject of tenure. And the disagreement could hardly be more stark. More Big Issues in Education Should Legacies Have an Edge in College Admissions? Do Too Many People Go to College? Do We Need National Proficiency Standards for Students? Should Student Test Scores Be Used to Evaluate Teache…

Public campuses mimic private university experience

(San Francisco Chronicle © 06/24/2012)

Nanette Asimov Consider two very different college experiences: In one, freshmen at costly private schools sweep into a circle of like-minded students, benefit from the attention of professors who know them by name, and rely on advisers to guide them through school. The second is largely the opposite – and typical of sink-or-swim public campuses where students can waste semesters taking e…

College deals for student ID debit cards draw criticism

(USA Today © 06/24/2012)

PHOENIX – Arizona State University is poised to collect millions of dollars in the next decade as part of an exclusive contract with a bank to provide student ID cards that double as debit cards. The university joins a growing number of colleges using campus debit cards to bring in money at a time when state financing has fallen. The agreements are drawing criticism from a national consumer…

Massive college debt can burden graduates for decades

(USA Today © 06/24/2012)

ASBURY PARK, N.J. – When James Perucho opens his Rutgers University tuition bill in the fall, $200 of it will go toward the construction of academic buildings that he may never use but will add to the educational debt he will pay for years to come.The $200 is small change compared with the $12,726 in tuition and fees the typical in-state undergraduate paid last year. But it shows how colleges and …

Question in U-Va. tumult: What should premier public universities be?

(Washington Post © 06/24/2012)

In 1819, after heavy lobbying by Thomas Jefferson, Virginias General Assembly established the state university in Charlottesville, agreeing to spend public dollars because giving young men knowledge and skills would improve the economy for all Virginians. But not too many dollars. Legislators, suspicious that the university might be anti-religion or overly extravagant, allocated a paltry $15,0…

Texas politics will complicate search for next UT Arlington president

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram © 06/23/2012)

It hurts to lose James Spaniolo as president of the University of Texas at Arlington. Will replacing him hurt even more?Last week, Spaniolo announced his retirement after leading UTA to new heights in the past 81/2 years. At 66, he wants more control over his time, and the job is too consuming to allow that. He agreed to stay on until his successor is in place, which could take a year.Typically, t…

TSU establishes Confucius Institute

(Ultimate Bellaire © 06/23/2012)

Texas Southern University is in the process of setting up a Confucius Institute on its campus in partnership with China’s Beijing Jiaotong University. According to a press release, the institute will be the only one of its kind in Greater Houston and one of 42 Hanban-authorized institutes in the United States. Hanban is the Confucius Institute headquarters. “Texas Southern students will …

Innovations in Course Scheduling that Support Student Success

(Academic Impressions © 06/22/2012)

In this second of several articles, Academic Impressions is interviewing leading experts on proactive approaches to academic advising and early alert intervention for at-risk students. Over the course of the series, we will look at interventions early on the academic calendar and innovations in course scheduling that support intervention with at-risk students. This week, we interviewed Joe Murr…

U. of Utah to Help Students Publish Video Games

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 06/22/2012)

By Ben Pokross Many universities offer programs that teach video-game design, but the University of Utah has taken the unusual step of creating a company to help its students bring their electronic amusements to market. The company, Utah Game Forge, opened in May and just released its first game, Heroes of Hat! (above), written and produced by a group of 14 Utah seniors. Owned and finance…

Online education has teachers conflicted

(San Francisco Chronicle © 06/22/2012)

When the University of California dangled a $30,000 incentive to thousands of professors in 2010 inviting them to create UC-worthy online courses, just 70 responded, and only a few classes materialized. Faculty members at California State University were similarly skeptical and warned of “Walmartization” last year as trustees charged each campus $50,000 to help fund “CSU Online.” It turns ou…

UT outlines its policy on hazing

(Austin KXAN (NBC) 36 © 06/21/2012)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The University of Texas will not tolerate hazing by any group or individual affiliated with the university, according to a message sent to all students on Monday. Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, sent a hazing memorandum to all students outlining the state law and university policy. “Any activity involving consumption of a food…

UT wants to charge full-time students for more credit hours (Tenn.)

(Chicago Tribune © 06/21/2012)

Megan Boehnke Knoxville News Sentinel The University of Tennessee board of trustees tentatively approved plan Wednesday that would charge future full-time students for an additional three hours each semester at the Knoxville campus — beginning with the freshman class of 2013. Following an hourlong discussion, the plan to charge full-time students for 15 credit hours unanimously passed out o…

Chinese Education Center moves to LSC-University Park

(Copperfield Sun © 06/21/2012)

Lone Star College System and the Shanghai Oriental Chinese Education Development Center signed a memorandum of understanding June 11 to form the Texas Center for Sino-U.S. Education and Cultural Exchange. The center will be called the “Texas Center” and be housed at LSC-University Park campus. “There is an increasing interest in the American commu…

Texas’ higher education system earns mixed grades

(Houston Business Journal © 06/21/2012)

Texas’ higher education system earned some mediocre grades on a recent report card. Olivia Pulsinelli Web producer- Houston Business Journal Email Texas’ higher education system earned some mediocre grades on a recent report card. The Institute …

Study: College degrees pay off most for African Americans in California

(Sacramento Bee © 06/20/2012)

More than any other group in California, African Americans stand to gain the most significant lift out of poverty from earning a college degree, according to a new report. Taking a deeper look at data from a study it released in April, the nonprofit Campaign for College Opportunity this month released more detailed snapshots of African American (PDF) and Latino (PDF) students, examining how they …



Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through June 19, 2012 are posted below:

Finish@UT online program helps adults complete four-year degrees
(Cypress Times © 06/19/2012)

Houston, TX – The University of Texas System (System) is advancing its efforts to help adults complete their college degrees by offering a program that could help an additional 36,000 Houston area residents become college grads. The program, Finish@UT, was detailed yesterday at a community reception held at the Greater Houston Partnership and attended by leaders from business and organizatio…

Spaniolo announces surprise retirement from UTA

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram © 06/19/2012)

ARLINGTON — James D. Spaniolo, who led a surge in enrollment and development as president of the University of Texas at Arlington for eight years, including construction of the acclaimed College Park District, announced Monday that he plans to retire.The 66-year-old administrator and attorney, who took over as UTA’s seventh president in February 2004, said that he loves the university but that it…

Overkill on Remediation?

(Inside Higher Ed © 06/19/2012)

By Paul Fain Complete College America is on a crusade to improve remedial education, which it says is hopelessly broken and failing students. The group has had big successes in a campaign that is gathering steam, but some community college leaders say its rhetoric and proposed fixes go too far. That dissent is usually voiced privately. The two-year-old Complete College America is a savvy po…

Why public university presidents are under fire

(San Antonio KSAT (ABC) 12 © 06/19/2012)

(CNN) – We know an industry is in crisis when its top institutions cannot establish stable leadership. That is the case with some of our nation’s best public universities today. When the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia pressured President Teresa Sullivan to resign on June 10, she became the fourth leader of a flagship public university to leave office under a cloud…

Georgia Perimeter to lay off 282 people

(Atlanta Journal-Constitution © 06/18/2012)

Georgia Perimeter College will lay off 282 people Monday as part of an extensive plan to close what could be a $25 million deficit next year. The cuts affect 215 full-time employees and 67 part-time workers, according to a campus-wide email Interim President Rob Watts sent. No tenure or tenure-track professors were laid off. The college employed about 3,110 people, including 390 tenure and ten…

As Land-Grant Law Turns 150, Students Crowd Into Agriculture Colleges

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 06/18/2012)

By Lawrence Biemiller In the front hall of the American Gothic cottage that Justin Morrill built in Strafford, Vt., hangs his meticulous, hand-drawn plan for its gardens and orchards. It dates to the late 1840s. Morrill, a blacksmith’s son who never attended college, had enjoyed a successful career as a merchant, and he retired to his hometown at 38 to marry and indulge his passion for horticu…

Campus smoking bans becoming more common

(Colleyville Courier © 06/18/2012)

That image of college students lighting up a quick cigarette to relieve final exam stress or simply hanging out amid a swirl of smoke won’t be a stereotype much longer.Picture instead a campus officer politely asking a student or professor to put out a cigarette.Nationwide, community colleges and public and private universities have tightened regulation of tobacco use or banned tobacco products.Th…

UTEP has US’ 12th lowest net student costs

(El Paso Times © 06/18/2012)

The University of Texas at El Paso has the 12th lowest net student costs among four-year public universities in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The net price to attend UTEP is $2,066 per academic year, which is the average cost paid by full-time, first-time students after grants and scholarships are factored. Nationally, the average annual net price to attend a four-ye…

Dual-enrollment pressures force community colleges to cut back

(Orlando Sentinel © 06/18/2012)

Tavares High School senior Kallie Santos is a state-champion speller who juggled two high-school classes, soccer and a full course load at Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg last school year. By the fall, the 17-year-old will have enough credits to be a college sophomore and had hoped to graduate with her associate degree by the time she finished high school. But a growing number of com…

University offers free tuition to residents over 60

(Texarkana Gazette © 06/18/2012)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—The University of Arkansas is offering free tuition for credit courses to Arkansas residents who are 60 years of age or older. Enrollment is contingent on space availability of classes, and seniors are encouraged to apply by Aug. 1. <… Published: 06/18/2012 Sign in to view full story or view our Registration Guide….

Oklahoma A&M regents approve tuition hike

(Amarillo Globe-News © 06/16/2012)

TULSA, Okla. — Tuition and fees will increase for undergraduate and graduate students at Oklahoma State University under the new budget approved Friday by the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents. The nearly $1.1 billion budget includes $238.5 million in state appropriations, a 1.28 percent increase in state funding from fiscal year 2012. The budget must be approved by the Oklahoma State Regents for…

Yale settles Title IX complaint, launches new sexual misconduct policies

(Christian Science Monitor © 06/16/2012)

To settle a Title IX civil rights complaint, Yale University has agreed to take a wide range of actions to improve its handling of charges of sexual misconduct. The voluntary agreement, announced Friday by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, resolves 16 complainants’ charges that the university violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by not respondi…

Some Oregon university presidents get pay raises and new contracts

(Oregonian © 06/16/2012)

In addition to choosing a new president for the University of Oregon, higher education officials Friday also adjusted contracts and raised salaries for some of the other presidents in the seven-campus Oregon University System. Before naming Michael R. Gottfredson – criminology expert and provost of the University of California at Irvine – president of the University of Oregon, …

Texas A&M Commerce develops $10K degree

(Dallas Business Journal © 06/15/2012)

Texas A&M University Commerce is taking up Gov. Rick Perry on his challenge to develop a $10,000 bachelor’s degree. A&M Commerce, which has a campus in downtown Dallas, plans to roll out the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Leadership in the fall 2013 semester, said Rusty Waller, interim program head of the Department of Educational Leadership. “We have the vision,” Waller said. “…

Student Loans: Cities Offering to Pay Debt to Gain Young Residents

(ABC News © 06/12/2012)

By ALAN FARNHAM In Niagara Falls, N.Y., a man shortly will attempt a daring feat—and he isn’t Nik Wallenda: Seth Piccirillo, Niagara Falls’ new director of community development, will attempt to lure young professionals to live in his city’s beleaguered downtown, which for decades has been hemorrhaging residents–young ones especially. He’ll do it, he says, by offering to help them pay d…

Ed Department: College costs rising; price to attend a 4-year public university up 15 percent

(Washington Post © 06/12/2012)

When those college tuition bills come in, be prepared for sticker shock. The average tuition at a four-year public university climbed 15 percent between 2008 and 2010, fueled by state budget cuts for higher education and increases of 40 percent and more at universities in states like Georgia, Arizona and California. The U.S. Department of Education’s annual look at college affordability also…

Higher Education Myths: Busted

(ACE (American Council on Education) © 06/04/2012)

A fair number of misperceptions about higher education frequently seem to pop up—and linger—in the national discourse. In this issue, experts from inside and outside higher education shine a spotlight on 10 of the most persistent myths, with the goal of dispelling them once and for all. Features Myth: Increases in Federal Student Aid Drive Increases in Tuition (PDF) By Terry W. Hartle and…

Asian American immigrants outpace Latinos
(San Francisco Chronicle © 06/19/2012)

As the presidential candidates battle over U.S.-Mexico immigration policy, a sweeping new survey shows that Asian Americans have overtaken Latinos nationally as the largest group of new immigrants arriving each year in the United States – a development with profound political and economic implications. Not only are Asian Americans the fastest-growing racial group in the country, but they have t…

15 Colleges Receive Grants for Innovation in Helping Faculty Retire

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 06/18/2012)

By Beth Mole Washington The American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on Monday awarded $100,000 grants to each of 15 colleges for adopting innovative approaches to helping faculty weather the winter of their careers. The grants will enable each institution to further develop its programs that support professors before, during, and after their transitions to retirem…

UTEP colleges awarded TXDoT research grants

(El Paso Inc © 06/16/2012)

The colleges of Engineering and Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso were awarded $250,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation through the University of Texas at Austin to begin research for the El Paso/Santa Teresa-Chihuahua Border Master Plan. The master plan, which will be developed over the next 12 months, will improve binational planning, financing, technology…

Methodist hospital, UT-Houston receive grants to fight blood infections

(Houston Chronicle © 06/16/2012)

The Methodist Hospital System will receive more than $26 million to fight blood-borne infections and delirium, part of a $1 billion federal project to promote programs that promise to save money while improving care. A clinic for chronically ill children run by the University of Texas Medical School at Houston received $3.7 million. The clinic medical director, Dr. Ricardo Mosquera, said the mon…

RAHC marks 10th anniversary

(Brownsville Herald © 06/15/2012)

HARLINGEN — Community leaders celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Regional Academic Health Center on Thursday while ex-pressing the hope that the center can become a full medical school. During the ceremony, family members of the late Harlingen mayor Col. H. William Card, who were in attendance, learned that more than $100,000 has already been raised to fund a faculty chair in his name at…

Many Churches Overlook Women As Donors, Despite their Growing Control of Personal Wealth in the U.S., Baylor University Scholar Finds

(Gilmer Mirror © 06/15/2012)

Many Churches Overlook Women As Donors, Despite their Growing Control of Personal Wealth in the U.S., Baylor University Scholar Finds WACO (June 14, 2012) – Many churches are missing opportunities to involve Christian women in philanthropy, with ministry leaders too often speaking “man to man” — despite the fact that women now control more than 51 percent of personal wealth nationally, …

How to Stay on Top

(Inside Higher Ed © 06/15/2012)

WASHINGTON — At a time when federal and state politicians seem happy to cut and reluctant or unable to increase spending on higher education, a long-awaited report from the National Research Council, the policy arm of the National Academies, argues that the country cannot maintain its position as a leader in research without sustained investment in its public and private universities. The repo…

Universities Feel the Heat Amid Cuts

(The Wall Street Journal © 06/15/2012)

A panel of business and academic leaders warned funding cuts to higher education are hurting the global competitiveness of U.S. research universities, the latest sign of financial strain that is intensifying battles over school leadership and has led to several high-profile departures of university presidents. U.S. research universities “are in grave danger of not only losing their place of glo…

U. of Maryland to Count Patents and Commercialization in Tenure Reviews

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 06/13/2012)

By Goldie Blumenstyk The University System of Maryland has adopted a new policy to formally give credit in tenure and promotion decisions for faculty work that leads to patents and other intellectual property applied in technology transfer. The new policy, approved in April by the Board of Regents, is part of the system’s broader push to promote the commercialization of academic research….

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Average college prices rising 15 to 40 percent
(Bryan-College Station Eagle © 06/13/2012)

When those college tuition bills come in, be prepared for sticker shock. The average tuition at a four-year public university climbed 15 percent between 2008 and 2010, fueled by state budget cuts for higher education and increases of 40 percent…

In 2nd Year of Rankings, Education Dept. Lists Cheapest and Costliest Colleges

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 06/12/2012)

By Kelly Field Washington The Education Department released Round 2 of its college-cost data on Tuesday, publishing lists of the most- and least-expensive colleges, by sector. The lists, which Congress ordered up to educate consumers and embarrass colleges with high tuition, highlight institutions with especially high or low prices, or large price increases. Some lists look at overall tui…

Certificates: Gateway to Gainful Employment and College Degrees

(Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce © 06/12/2012)

Certificates have swelled to become the second most common postsecondary award in the U.S.: Over 1 million are awarded each year. In the context of concerns about rising college costs and student loan debt, certificates, which are cheaper and take less time to complete than college degrees, have become of increasing interest to researchers, institutions, and other stakeholders in higher education….

Sports Artists vs. Universities

(Inside Higher Ed © 06/12/2012)

By Scott Jaschik The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Monday issued a decision strongly backing the rights of an artist whose paintings depict University of Alabama Crimson Tide football players — even though he ignored the university’s request that he pay for a license to use such images. On many of the issues in the case, the appeals court found that Daniel A. Moore has Fir…

300-plus University of Pittsburgh employees opt for early retirement

(Pittsburgh Post Gazette © 06/12/2012)

More than 300 employees at the University of Pittsburgh have decided to take advantage of an early retirement incentive the university offered in April. But the retirements are not expected to affect classrooms or educational programs because no faculty are involved, said Pitt spokesman Robert Hill. A total of 672 “classified” employees are eligible for the early retirement offer, which is good …

Diane Stafford: Cutbacks take toll on managers

(Sacramento Bee © 06/12/2012)

Managers involved in repeated budget and staff cutbacks are hurting. Unfortunately, many don’t have the psychological support they need. Two University of Kansas researchers, education dean Rick Ginsberg and psychology chair Karen Multon, recently charted the stressful effects of the “financial tsunami” on deans and department chairs in higher education. Many public universities in par…

MTSU tries to boost rate of graduations

(Nashville Tennessean © 06/11/2012)

MURFREESBORO — MTSU graduate Trey Schruff is proof it?s possible to earn a college degree in 3 1/2 years. ?It?s tough, but it?s doable,? said Schruff, who earned an applied science bachelor?s degree with a major in music business from the recording industry department during May?s commencement. Schruffis the exception in higher education. At MTSU, for example, only 52.9 percent of its stu…

Ignore the debt hype — college is a great investment

(San Antonio KSAT (ABC) 12 © 06/11/2012)

(CNNMoney) – Recent sensational stories about crushing student debt burdens leave the impression that borrowing for college is unwise. The reality is that few students carry enormous debt loads. A recent report from the New York Federal Reserve Bank showed that fewer than 1 in 30 students have debt loads above $100,000.We are both economists who have studied colleges and labor mar…

Conference Looks at What Works in Student Learning, and What Gets in the Way

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 06/10/2012)

By Dan Berrett New York If students are not learning enough in college, participants at a conference said here last week, the culprit is as amorphous as it is pervasive: culture. That culture is reflected in the choices of administrators, the priorities of faculty, and the habits of students, people attending the conference, “What Works and What Matters in Student Learning?,” said during…

New Course in College Costs
(Wall Street Journal © 06/10/2012)

As Student Debt Grows, Possible Link Seen Between Federal Aid and Rising Tuition By JOSH MITCHELL Rising student debt levels and fresh academic research have brought greater scrutiny to the question of whether the federal government’s expanding student-aid programs are driving up college tuition. Studies of the relationship between increasing aid and climbing prices at nonprofit four-yea…

University of Minnesota regents OK budget with 3.5 percent tuition hike

(St. Paul Pioneer Press © 06/09/2012)

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents signed off on a budget for next school year that will raise undergraduate tuition by 3.5 percent and fund as many as 100 new faculty positions. In his first operating budget, President Eric Kaler said he aimed to strike a balance between keeping tuition increases down and making long-delayed academic investments. He stressed the tuition increase wa…

Sacramento firm racking up sales in bike docks

(Sacramento Bee © 06/08/2012)

With so many flashy, art-inspired bike racks popping up in and around Sacramento these days, there’s a good chance you’ve overlooked the racks poised to become a force in the industry. They’re low-key and will never be mistaken for public art, but Sacramento-based Park a Bike’s Varsity model racks are considered one of the best of their kind. The solid steel racks, which hold two bikes and sell f…

1 in 3 college students has smoked hookah

(San Antonio KSAT (ABC) 12 © 06/08/2012)

(CNN) – The problem, Dr. Brian Primack says, is that hookah smoking is a beautiful thing.Polished brass, woven rugs and intricate carvings create a culturally-rich atmosphere where friends can relax and socialize.Unfortunately, smoking hookah delivers the same chemical compounds as smoking a cigarette. In fact, one session (usually about 45 to 60 minutes) delivers approximately 10…

UW regents call for state funding reform; approve 16% tuition rise

(Seattle Times © 06/08/2012)

The state funding system for higher education is essentially broken, the University of Washington’s regents board declared Thursday after passing a 16 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduates this fall. The board approved a strongly worded declaration that called for reform of state finances and revenue. The move marks the first time the 10-member board has spoken in a forceful, unif…

University of Minnesota breaks down yearly education costs

(St. Paul Pioneer Press © 06/08/2012)

The University of Minnesota spends $10,720 a year to educate a science undergraduate — and $16,050 to teach a peer at the Carlson School of Management. A year of undergraduate instruction costs $11,046 on the U’s Duluth campus — and $16,270 on the Morris campus. For the first time, the University of Minnesota has calculated the “fully loaded” cost of instruction, which includes indirect cos…

Student Health’s Uncertain Future

(Inside Higher Ed © 06/07/2012)

CHICAGO — College health centers are living in a brave new world, and if they want to survive, they’ll have to adapt. That was the takeaway of a presentation here last week at the annual convention of the American College Health Association. It was a sign of the times that the topic, “Funding College Health Programs: Current Options and Future Trends,” drew a packed crowd. “We’re obviously…


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Scaling Up
(Inside Higher Ed © 06/04/2012)

By Elizabeth Redden HOUSTON – What does it take to go from 50 percent study abroad participation to 100 percent (or nearly that)? On Friday, the final day of the NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference, study abroad professionals from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management discussed the challenges they faced in making study abroad mandatory for their underg…


Out-of-state colleges entice Californians

(Los Angeles Times © 06/04/2012)

Out-of-state colleges entice Californians As budget cuts plague the UC and Cal State systems, colleges in nearby states put more effort into attracting students from California. …


New campus-wide irrigation system tracks data and saves water

(University Texas Daily Texan © 06/04/2012)

Markus Hogue can turn on any sprinkler on campus with a few clicks from his office in Facilities Complex Building 8. At his desk, Hogue can watch as water data comes in, something he can spend six hours of the day doing. Hogue has spent the last year helping install and program a new campus-wide irrigation system that went live this April. The system is a one of the kind in the United States. New …


Changing Majors Is No Big Deal if the Timing Is Right, Studies Find

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 06/03/2012)

By Dan Berrett When students change their majors, the decision is often thought to create a significant stumbling block in their march toward a degree. But a pair of studies being presented this week at the annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Research suggests that changing majors happens far less often than is widely assumed, and that it does little harm when it occurs early…


UNT plans ban on smoking

(Denton Record-Chronicle © 06/03/2012)

The University of North Texas recently announced it will ban smoking on its Denton campus effective in January 2013. University officials are now writing the policy for the ban, said UNT President Lane Rawlins, and they plan to offer information on smoking cessation programs for people interested in quitting. Rawlins said university officials are sympathetic to those who smoke. The one part o…


Diana Natalicio and Mark Edwards: UTEP inspires success through collaboration

(El Paso Times © 06/03/2012)

A quality education is the primary rung on the ladder of opportunity. Research shows that a person’s lifetime earning potential significantly increases with the level of education achieved: In 2009, the median salary for a young adults with a bachelor’s degree was $45,000, while one with only a high-school diploma earned $30,000. Despite the pivotal role of higher education in the future of our…


Regional Insights: Do benefits outweigh cost of college?

(Pittsburgh Post Gazette © 06/03/2012)

A new crop of college graduates will be entering the job market this summer, and they’ll have to confront one of the slowest-growing economies in history. Most of them will have tens of thousands of dollars in debt hanging over them during their job search. Nationally, total student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion, and those with federal student loans will see their interest rates double th…


University of Texas at Dallas Research Indicates Genesys Works Internship Program Reduces the Persistence Gap for College Education

(Beaumont Enterprise © 06/02/2012)

Study Shows the Persistence Rate Beyond the First Year in College is 86 Percent for Genesys Works’ Graduates Houston, TX (PRWEB) June 01, 2012 Researchers from the Texas Schools Project at The University of Texas at Dallas conducted a review and analysis of the impact of meaningful high school internships on a student’s persistence through the first year of college. Genesys Works is a 501c3 org…


Lamar Goes Smoke-Free Today

(Beaumont KBTV (NBC) 4 © 06/02/2012)

Lamar University, along will all member schools in The Texas State University System, will become a smoke-free campus effective today. According to TSUS officials, the system is committed to providing a safe, healthy and pleasant environment for its faculty, staff and students. To that end, each component institution shall develop a comprehensive institutional policy creating a smoke-fre…


Regents approve revised promotion and tenure policy for Texas Tech Faculty

(Lubbock Avalanche-Journal © 06/02/2012)

During its board meeting in May, the Texas Tech System Board of Regents approved and adopted revisions to its faculty promotion and tenure standards and procedures. The policy updates are aimed to place emphasis on areas beyond traditional research-driven incentives such as student outcomes and commercialization and took into consideration provisions such as community outreach and peer evaluation…


Despite Outsourcing, A&M Dining Staff to Keep Jobs

(Texas Tribune © 06/02/2012)

In February, when news broke that Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp was putting out requests for proposals for private companies to take over dining, landscape, building maintenance and custodial services at the system’s flagship campus in College Station, the reaction of the staff was decidely negative. System officials said the move was necessary because Texas A&M Univer…


Number of the Week: Most Unemployed Have College Experience

(The Wall Street Journal © 06/02/2012)

52%: Percent of the unemployed who have spent at least some time in college. In a significant shift in the labor market, the majority of people who are unemployed have some college education, reversing the situation that prevailed for decades. In 1992, only 37% of the unemployed had some college experience. The change is unfolding amid a torpid jobs market, where more time in school translates i…


Combest Center at Texas Tech gains approval, funds for expansion
(Texas Government Insider, Strategic Partnerships, Inc. © 06/01/2012)

An award of $5 million will help expand and upgrade the Larry Combest Community Health & Wellness Center at Texas Tech University. The construction of the expansion was recently approved by the Texas Tech System Board of Regents and will result in a 10,000-square-foot addition. Once the addition is complete, the facility will boast more than 16,000 square feet. “This expansion is going to let…


Survey: UT students very research-involved

(Austin Business Journal © 05/31/2012)

Eighty-nine percent of all undergraduate students and 94 percent of seniors at the University of Texas at Austin participate in some type of research, according to a study released this month. Sandra Zaragoza Staff Writer- Austin Business Journal Email | Twitter …


Focus on cyber security degrees rising for colleges, employers

(Dallas WFAA (ABC) 8 © 05/31/2012)

DALLAS – Webs of wires, servers and screens are the mechanics of modernity. Hackers know their way around them well. “Cyber hacking has been around since the early ’90s, it’s only 10-to-20 years later that the government and other large organizations are coming to terms with that,” said Brandyn Schult, a cyber security student. And that has spawned an emerging field, which Schu…


Va. Tech research spending up 13 percent in last year

(Hampton Pilot Online © 05/31/2012)

BLACKSBURG Virginia Tech says the university spent about 13 percent more in research funding in the last fiscal year. The school says that research expenditures for the fiscal year that ended June 30 rose to $450 million from the $398 million reported in fiscal year 2010. Officials say that increase is the largest dollar growth and the second-biggest percentage increase during the past nine …


Just 2 U.S. colleges make grade in new ranking

(Washington Times © 05/31/2012)

The U.S. may have the most prestigious universities in the world, but the best of a new generation of schools are found elsewhere, a major new survey shows. Of the top 10 institutions founded in the past 50 years, only two are in the U.S., according to London-based Times Higher Education magazine, which on Thursday released its inaugural list of the best schools to open their doors since 1962. Th…


Texas voters weigh in on parties’ issue questions on ballot

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram © 05/30/2012)

Ensuring affordable college tuition and repealing the nation’s healthcare law were among the top issues that Texans wanted party officials Tuesday to know they support.Democrats and Republicans weighed in on high-profile issues on their primary ballots to give officials a gauge of issues they support.Referendums that Texas voters supported in Tuesday’s primaries are nonbinding and were chosen by e…


Young Scientists Embrace Crowdfunding

(New York Times (State Version) © 05/29/2012)

Crowdfunding, or appealing to the online community for funds for personal projects, seems to be thriving. One of the best-known platforms is Kickstarter, which generally features projects that are creative in nature – musicians seeking to record an album, for example, or inventors pursuing an idea. #SciFund Challenge But young scientists struggling unsuccessfully to obtain funds through traditio…


Colleges woo tech-millionaire alumni in the making

(San Francisco Chronicle © 05/29/2012)

Jason Kapalka didn’t give his alma mater much thought after he finished his studies in 1994. The University of Alberta graduate, who has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English, moved to San Francisco and didn’t join the alumni association, donate money or return for reunions. “If I’d stayed in Edmonton, I probably would have,” he says. The university didn’t forget him, though. Kapal…


Lumina Foundation Awards Grant to Support Innovations to Improve Student Success
(UT Austin (Press Release) © 05/29/2012)

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin, Public Agenda and innovative college and university leaders nationwide and across Texas have been awarded a $745,000 grant from Lumina Foundation to develop and implement cost-effective ways of increasing educational attainment and improving student success. The grant will be used to expand collaboration among higher education institutions in T…


Study Shows Transition to Practice Programs Get Nurses Employed

(Waco KXXV (ABC) 25 © 05/29/2012)

Information contained on this page is provided by companies via press release distributed through PR Newswire, an independent third-party content provider. PR Newswire, WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. SOURCE California Institute for Nursing & Health Care CINHC’s New Graduate Nurse Transition to Practice Programs Increase Communit…


Universities opening offices in D.C. to raise profile

(Washington Post © 05/29/2012)

A crop of universities is claiming new real estate in Washington as part of a push to expand higher education advocacy in the nations capital. The University of Notre Dame, Duke University and Northwestern University are for the first time establishing offices in D.C. or hiring in-house lobbyists to be stationed here to coordinate government relations. The push comes as universities look to g…


Iowa State University to add faculty in effort to help create a biotech research powerhouse

(Des Moines Register (IA) © 05/28/2012)

Iowa State University will hire more than 200 faculty members in the next few years, targeting positions that could help central Iowa become a research and manufacturing center and expand its already strong biotech offerings. “You are going to find over the next couple of years that Iowa State is going to hire a lot more faculty, probably 200,” ISU President Steven Leath told The Des Moines Reg…


As Top Law Schools Trim Enrollments, the Biggest One Expands

(Chronicle of Higher Education © 05/27/2012)

By Katherine Mangan With applications to law schools plummeting and job offers harder than ever for graduates to come by, a growing number of schools are forgoing badly needed tuition dollars and reducing the size of their incoming classes. But not all of them. Thomas M. Cooley Law School was already said to be the nation’s largest, with about 3,700 students on four campuses in Michigan, wh…


The University of Texas Researchers Win Grant to Develop Drug to Treat Addiction

(UT Austin (Press Release) © 05/24/2012)

AuSTIN, Texas — Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are teaming up to develop medication to treat alcoholism and drug addiction that could target individual genes or brain signaling systems. They have received a $3.3 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for the project. “The goal…




Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through May 28, 2012 are posted below:


  • According to “Saving the Boys,” a 2010 book by researchers at the China Youth and Children Research Association, girls outperformed boys on college entrance exams, were more likely to go to college and won more scholarships (Young men).
  • Police and university researchers (at the University of Maryland) hope to roll out the Escort-M program — a mobile phone app that would link public safety personnel to real-time video and audio from a students phone — in the next two or three weeks Using live video).
  • NPR’s Talk of the Nation interviewed a series of academic leaders and experts in academic advising to examine why many students find barriers to graduation within four years. Of the following four tips, the first two are focused on empowering students to plan their progress toward the degree intentionally; the second two are focused on identifying and removing those barriers or outdated academic policies that typically slow progress toward the degree (Four tips).
  • Report: Hybrid Courses as Effective as Traditional Ones — and Cost Less. This report found that student pass rates, final exam scores, and performance on a standardized assessment of statistical literacy were the same for students taking a course in a hybrid online/face-to-face format as for students taking the same course in a traditional format. The authors also argue that switching to hybrid instruction can significantly reduce instructor compensation costs over time (Interactive learning).
  • The eco-friendly fashion statement is part of a larger effort by colleges and universities to reduce the carbon footprint of commencement ceremonies. Unity College in Maine, for instance, sends online invitations, while Pace University in New York prints programs on recycled paper with soy ink. Boston University uses compostable tableware. New York’s New School decorates with local, seasonal flowers. Southwestern University in Texas serves organic refreshments. College of the Atlantic in Maine, which has never used caps or gowns, has had zero-waste graduations since 2005. And then there are GWU’s plasti-gowns, each spun from 29 post-consumer bottles (Green graduations).


Young Men in China Struggling to Catch Up in Class
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette © 05/28/2012)

SHANGHAI — Wan Zhongni is a tall, lanky 16-year-old high school student who feels as though something is missing from his upbringing in China. He does not feel as if he has the time to do what boys like to do — playing sports or video games, running around outside — because he has to study at least 15 hours a day, almost every day of the week. He and his male friends, who have similar experie…

Using live video from phones, U-Md. plans to offer virtual safety escorts to students

(Washington Post © 05/28/2012)

With a few taps on their phones, University of Maryland students leaving a late class or going for an evening run will soon be able to have a campus security employee watch them on live video to make sure they make it home safely — or send help if they dont. Police and university researchers hope to roll out the Escort-M program — a mobile phone app that would link public safety…

University of Minnesota regents getting more oversight of executive pay

(St. Paul Pioneer Press © 05/26/2012)

The University of Minnesota is beefing up its governing board’s oversight of how the school compensates its top executives. The Board of Regents formed a special committee last month after an outcry over generous packages for departing administrators. The committee has signed off on what members deemed substantive changes to how they monitor pay for 43 senior leaders. The board will learn …

Four Tips for Helping Students Graduate on Time

(Academic Impressions © 05/25/2012)

NPR’s Talk of the Nation this week interviewed a series of academic leaders and experts in academic advising to examine why many students find barriers to graduation within four years. At Academic Impressions, we decided to follow up with some practical advice for where institutions can see significant gains in helping students graduate earlier. Of the following four tips, the first two are fo…

UCLA faculty votes on privatizing business school

(Sacramento Bee © 05/28/2012)

LOS ANGELES — A proposal that would privatize the University of California Los Angeles’ business school but allow it to remain affiliated with the state university is moving ahead. A faculty council called the Legislative Assembly will vote on the proposal on June 7. The proposal was rejected by a graduate student council, UCLA’s newspaper, The Daily Bruin (, reported t…

Pressure put on grad schools

(Columbus Dispatch © 05/27/2012)

A recent report estimates that by 2020, 2.6 million new jobs in the United States will require an advanced degree.If the country wants to fill those jobs, graduate schools need to do a better job of preparing students for a range of careers, including ones outside academia, says the report by the Council of Graduate Schools and the Educational Testing Service. “Graduate education can no longer b…

Texas Tech, UH to get millions of dollars from research fund

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram © 05/27/2012)

After an extensive review, the Texas state auditor has confirmed that both Texas Tech University and the University of Houston have met the state’s requirements to gain access to the National Research University Fund.In a statement, House Higher Education Committee Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas, commended the institutions and their communities. “Today, the state is closer than ever to elevating mo…

SAAF awards $1.1 million in nonprofit grants

(San Antonio Express-News © 05/27/2012)

With many service providers facing reductions in existing grants, the San Antonio Area Foundation delivered much-needed good news, awarding more than $1 million to 70 nonprofit organizations this year. For the community grants, the foundation collects money designated in wills for specific causes and distributes it to selected organizations in Bexar and surrounding counties. SAAF announced last w…

Publisher promises more open access science journals

(University World News © 05/27/2012)

London-based academic publisher Versita plans to publish 100 ‘emerging science’ journals this year as part of its open access programme. Jacek Ciesielski, founder and chief executive of the company, said the focus would be on “young and rapidly developing fields of science” that have not yet been covered by existing journals. Ciesielski said the emerging topics would include life sciences, chem…

New Sul Ross scholarship fund offers $5,000 awards

(Alpine Avalanche © 05/25/2012)

A new scholarship fund will provide three $5,000 awards for both the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years at Sul Ross State University. The William H. Pitt/Charles Mallory Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships to three students in each of the next two academic years. Individual awards will be renewable for up to two consecutive academic years. Scholarship selections s…

$3.1 million Texas State grant to advance research, diversity

(Austin American-Statesman © 05/25/2012)

Texas State University has won a $3.1 million federal grant for a project intended to advance materials science and to attract more members of minority groups to that and other technology-related fields. The award, announced Wednesday by the National Science Foundation, is part of an effort by the federal agency to expand the diversity of the nation’s science and engineering workforce through par…

Initiative links biotech, UT sciences dept.

(Austin Business Journal © 05/25/2012)

One month ago, retired biotechnolgy executive Bruce Leander set a goal to get 100 business professionals in 30 days to connect with the University of Texas’ College of Natural Sciences. Leander is continuing to ask professionals to commit one and a half hours a year, encouraging them to give seminars and workshops, sit on industry panels or provide mentoring. The initiative, which he calls The U…

Cleveland State University to offer a mobile accelerated MBA program

(Cleveland Plain Dealer © 05/25/2012)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland State University has combined an iPad loaded with textbooks and online courses developed by experienced faculty to create what is believed to be the country’s first fully accredited, mobile, accelerated one-year master of business administration program. The program is unique because of its mobile platform and accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegi…

What is the social mission for medical schools?

( © 05/25/2012)

What exactly is the mission of a medical school? Is it to train the best and smartest doctors? Is to tend to our nation’s health? Is it to further medical knowledge? Go to the website of just about any medical school and you will see roughly the same “three-pillars” message from the dean, or the chairman, or the residency program director. Every medical school stresses their commitment to the tr…

Viewpoint: State’s future depends on higher education

(Sacramento Bee © 05/25/2012)

Linda P.B. Katehi, left, is chancellor of the University of California, Davis. Rebecca Sterling is president of the Associated Students, University of California, Davis. Clark Kerr, the former University of California president, was probably not the first person to say it and he won’t be the last, but he was on target when he noted, “The best investment that any society makes is in the education …

State investment needed to make UTSA Tier One

(San Antonio Express-News © 05/25/2012)

The state of Texas needs to make a substantial, sustained, long-term investment in higher education. The University of Texas at San Antonio has made great gains toward achieving Tier One status, but it cannot continue to maintain both access and excellence without a sustained, long-term investment from the state. Recently, UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development released a study on the economi…

Doctors at USF take hit in wallet

(Tampa Tribune © 05/25/2012)

TAMPA — The University of South Florida is cutting salaries for dozens of its highest-paid faculty members as part of a financial restructuring of its medical school. USF Health will cut $5 million in salaries and benefits from the USF Physicians Group, the clinical practice for College of Medicine faculty physicians. The cuts are the result of a $2.5 million annual operating los…

Quarter million dollars benefits Teach For America

(Brownsville Herald © 05/24/2012)

With the promise of a $250,000 gift, Teach For America’s top official in the region expressed hope that the non-profit could grow its ranks in Cameron County. However, Robert Carreon, executive director of the organization in the Rio Grande Valley, said the po-tential of another state budget crunch could negatively affect education as school districts may continue to scale back hiring. &ld…

Partnership to Bring Ultrahigh-Speed Internet to Six Communities

(Pittsburgh Post Gazette © 05/24/2012)

SAN FRANCISCO — A start-up company plans to announce Wednesday that it has raised $200 million to deliver ultrahigh-speed Internet service in six communities surrounding research universities around the country. The company, Gigabit Squared, will work with Gig.U, an alliance of public and private universities that want to build islands of superfast networks to foster economic development and to …

Baylor College of Medicine receives $6.2M for SARS vaccine

(Houston Business Journal © 05/23/2012)

Baylor College of Medicine researchers will receive up to $6.2 million over five years to develop a SARS vaccine. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, part of the National Institutes of Health, will award the money, BCM said in a May 22 statement. “This will be our first major effort to develop a vaccine for a potential public health emergency threat in the United States. …

Mandatory meningitis vaccines for college could cost you – unless you’re still 18

(Houston Chronicle © 05/23/2012)

Judging from the panicky emails, The Houston Advocate has readers who are discovering the meningococcal vaccine is required for college entry in Texas and were not ready for the additional $100-plus financial hurdle to higher education. University of Houston-Downtown student Aysenur Yilmaz, 23, got a $15 meningococcal vaccine in January, but those discounted shots are no longer available for…

National Awards Highlight Cutting-Edge Research From Texas A&M Junior Faculty

(Rusk Cherokeean Herald © 05/23/2012)

Texas A&M Newswire, COLLEGE STATION, May 17, 2012 – During 2012, 10 Texas A&M University faculty members have been selected to date as recipients of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) most prestigious award for junior faculty at universities nationwide. The NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program was established to support scientis…

Rise of the Asian giants in research and development

(University World News © 05/22/2012)

Geoff Maslen The growing role of knowledge-intensive innovation and production in the economy and the importance placed on research in university rankings were powering the worldwide growth of scientific output, a conference in Melbourne heard on Tuesday. Professor Simon Marginson said that more and more nations were developing science and innovation systems, with 48 countries publishing mor…

Texas universities back bill to allocate visas to high-tech foreign students

(San Antonio Express-News © 05/17/2012)

WASHINGTON — A bill that would allow foreign students earning graduate degrees in high-technology fields to remain in the United States with a work visa is backed by Texas universities. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he filed the Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century, or STAR Act, to bolster U.S. economic competitiveness. The bill would allocate up to 55,000 immigrant visas …

Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through May 16, 2012 are posted below:

  • Gov. Rick Perry underscored the importance of higher education to the future prosperity of Texas, and reiterated his commitment to making it more affordable, accountable and accessible for Texans. He also directed the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to follow up with Texas institutions of higher education on the progress they have made in implementing cost efficiency measures called for in September 2009 through executive order RP 73 (Gov. Perry). See also “Texas makes progress” and “Higher Ed Coordinating Board”. The Almanac and other materials is at:
  • Many private colleges are offering discount deals that cut, freeze or even eliminate tuition altogether for incoming students. Duquesne University in Pittsburgh is slashing tuition by 50 percent for freshmen who enroll in the school of education. The price cut is good for four years for students who stay in the program. Other schools are rolling out three-year bachelor’s degree programs; offer four-year “graduation guarantees” in which the school pays the additional tuition if a full-time student fails to graduate in four years. Beginning next fall, Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, will cover the extra cost no matter how long it takes to obtain a degree (More private colleges).
  • According to a study from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 62 percent of young adults (between the ages of 19 and 22) are getting some kind of financial help from their parents – which means 38 percent aren’t getting a dime (Parents just say).
  • Twenty percent of college presidents in the United States now come from fields outside academia, a sharp increase from 13 percent just six years ago, according to a national survey by the American Council on Education. Nearly a third have never been professors (More college presidents).
  • To the relief of graduating seniors — and their anxious parents — the outlook is brighter than it has been in four years. Campus job fairs were packed this spring and more companies are hiring. Students aren’t just finding good opportunities, some are weighing multiple offers (This year’s college seniors).
  • As the general acceptance (of online programs) has grown, so, too, has the desire to reach out to these students who would rather learn from home. Most schools still do little more than invite their online students to graduation ceremonies. Some will even broadcast those sessions on websites, for those who can’t attend. But there are those that have taken some extra steps: an online graduate brunch, a separate online commencement Web page, and an idea being considered is letting graduates post video messages on the site (Colleges create).


The Florida Board of Education decided in an emergency meeting to lower the passing grade on the writing portion of Florida’s standardized test after preliminary results showed a drastic drop in student passing scores. The results indicated only about a third of students would pass this year’s tougher Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test exam, compared with a passing rate of 80 percent or more last year. Article at (5/15/2012).

  • Nearly 30 percent of recent Indian engineering graduates cannot answer basic mathematical problems or carry out simple equations, according to a report (Almost 30%).
  • From 2007 to 2010, the percentage of graduates attending University of California or California State University campuses fell by 20 percent, according to figures by the Public Policy Institute of California. Fewer than 18 percent of California high school graduates ended up at a Cal State or UC campus in 2010, down from 22 percent in 2007. And 55 percent of the most highly prepared students enroll there, down from 67 percent (Fewer Californians).
  • Beginning in the fall, students can study free courses on and then enroll at StraighterLine to take an exam. After passing, they will receive American Council on Education recommended credit (Groups team up).
  • The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees voted to raise student tuition and fees by 6 percent (University of Kentucky); Tuition will rise about 8.5 percent, on average, next year at Mississippi’s eight public universities (Tuition rising); Washington State University’s board of regents voted to raise tuition 16 percent for the second year in a row (Double-digit).
  • States will have to use student-aid grants more efficiently to get the most value from that spending and increase the number of college graduates, recommends a new report written by researchers at the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution… grants should be awarded to students who have some need and who are likely to succeed because of that financial incentive (State student-aid).
  • Regarding prior learning assessment–The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the American Council of Education may soon be even bigger players in determining what counts for college credit (College credit).
  • Economists are hot commodities. Last year, the average starting salary for new assistant economics professors was nearly $112,000 – the highest ever in inflation-adjusted terms and one of the highest across academic departments, according to the American Economic Association (Battle for academic).
  • The law school of Washington University announced that it would offer, entirely online, a master’s degree in United States law intended for lawyers practicing overseas, in partnership with 2tor, an education technology company. Legal education has been slow to move to online classes, and the new master’s program is perhaps the earliest partnership between a top-tier law school and a commercial enterprise (Law school plans).
  • The report, “California’s Economic Payoff: Investing in College Access and Success,” had even better news. For every dollar invested in students who actually graduate from CSU or UC schools, the state yields even more – $4.80! The report finds that graduates of CSU and UC return $12 billion to the state annually, well above the current general fund expenditures for the UC, CSU and California Community College systems combined. This return on the state’s investment is surprisingly quick; by the time a graduate reaches the age of 38 the state’s initial investment has been repaid in full (Funding for higher education).
  • The University of Michigan, in a bid to expand and broaden its base of scientific research, is offering faculty members a new microgrant plan that would directly finance the exploratory phase of an idea. Under the plan, which begins today, all Michigan faculty will be eligible for a $20,000 credit that can be redeemed only if they work with two other faculty members, including one outside their academic field (U. of Michigan’s).
  • Seminar looks at ways to promote higher education in Michigan with business/community leaders—see “Higher education leaders urge” and “Seminar looks”.
  • The town-vs.-gown confrontation reflects a trend across the nation as cities desperate for revenue try to get more money out of tax-exempt institutions such as universities and hospitals. The use of payment-in-lieu-of-tax deals is on the rise. Such agreements have been carried out in at least 18 states since 2000, mostly in the Northeast, according to a study by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (Cities seek more).
  • Ohio’s health-care sector increasingly sees medical research as a way to help heal not only patients but the state’s economy. To that end, economic-development officials and researchers say deriving more tangible results from the hundreds of millions of health-research dollars that flow through the state’s academic centers and hospitals is essential (Health research) (see also “Pitt powers our regions”).
  • Last year was truly a banner year for new regulations, some of which create dangerous traps for the unwary and significant new administrative burdens for colleges and universities. There are at least four important areas where the new regulations present new compliance risks, which are outlined below. Incentive Compensation, Misrepresentation, State Authorization Requirements, and Gainful Employment (New compliance).

Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through May 7, 2012 are posted below:

  • Fed up with tuition increases and frustrated by rejection at packed California universities, more high school graduates than ever are ditching the state to attend college (More college-bound).
  • More minority and low-income students are enrolling and graduating from college, according to a report from the Education Trust: Replenishing Opportunity in America (More minority).
  • Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have joined forces to offer free online courses in a project aimed at attracting millions of online learners around the world. Beginning this fall, a variety of courses developed by faculty at both institutions will be available online through the new $60 million partnership, known as “edX.” (Harvard, MIT). See also “The Campus Tsunami”.
  • Starting in the fall of 2014 community college students applying to transfer to UC San Diego will no longer be able to guarantee themselves a spot by taking specific courses and maintaining a minimum grade point average (UCSD will end).
  • Most of the conditions causing hard times for newspapers in the private sector — declining print advertising revenue and difficulties making the Web a moneymaker — are also affecting student newspapers at colleges and universities throughout the country. Add to the mix the budget-cutting realities that colleges and universities now face, and many journalism schools have entered adapt-or-die mode (College newspapers).
  • Nationally, 5.8 percent of licensed nurses are men, but that’s changing. In the past three years male enrollment at the UTHSC School of Nursing has risen from 8 percent to 14 percent (More men).
  • The University of California released a draft report about the system’s police protocols and policies related to campus protests. It offers 50 recommendations on how the university should respond to future campus demonstrations, saying that some administrators and police officers need to shift away from a primary focus on maintaining order and that some protesters need to take more responsibility for the ramifications of their actions (U. of California).
  •  A study by Methodist Healthcare Ministries finds San Antonio’s pediatric subspecialists — who treat only children in fields such as cancer or radiology or heart surgery — are fewer in number and older than in Austin, Houston or Dallas-Fort Worth. The numbers could be even worse, since the report’s estimates were based on a retirement age of 70, and burn-out is causing many doctors to consider retiring earlier. A similar phenomenon is taking place with general pediatricians (More kids).
  • Learning more about academic life doesn’t necessarily make one want to live it — at least for junior scientists. That’s the conclusion of a study based on a national survey of science doctoral students at American research universities. As they progressed through their Ph.D. programs, the attractiveness of academic careers decreased significantly, according to the study, to be published in the journal PLoS ONE (Reconsidering academic careers)


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board welcomes nominations for the 2012 Texas Higher Education Star Award. Nomination information is available at: ; nominations are due by midnight on June 1.

Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through May 2, 2012 are posted below:

  • (Editorial) The existence of thousands of articulation agreements is causing massive confusion and resulting in students wasting time and money on courses that don’t transfer or apply toward the degree they are seeking. It’s time to end all the confusion and develop a uniform transfer system, one that can be easily accessed and researched online so students can plan their course loads efficiently (Texas needs). See also “For students at two-year”.
  • The next generation of online-learning systems faces several barriers to adoption, according to a report. Chief among them are professors’ desires to customize what they teach and their reluctance to use prepackaged course material (Next generation).
  • With more and more institutions moving their course evaluations online, the question is whether technology will compound these concerns or resolve them. Early research suggests that faculty may actually benefit from the move online. Increasingly, schools are experimenting with a variety of strategies to resolve the problem of poor participation (Grading online).
  • As educators and policy makers strive to keep the United States competitive in the global tally of adults with postsecondary degrees, the Committee for Economic Development, a think tank, is urging business leaders to join them. In a report, the group calls on business leaders to become “active advocates at the state level for the broad-access institutions that are so vital to the nation’s economic future.” (Business leaders).
  • The Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University has come up with an innovative model in the era of the ever-contracting budget: donations from faculty members. This year, faculty members at the university raised about $27,000 for the academy, making up 30 percent of the unit’s operating budget (Collective donating).
  • Paying for textbooks is becoming such a burden for college students, that the University of Minnesota launched an online project to hunt down free textbooks to replace the pricey ink-and-paper versions. (The project) will review open-source textbooks and collect the ones that pass muster in an online catalog. University of Minnesota faculty will be paid $500 to write a review of an open-source textbook. They’ll earn the same amount to adopt such a book in class (University of Minnesota tries).
  • In November 2011, Academic Impressions surveyed colleges and universities on their practices in assessing academic advisors. Most institutions are collecting some evaluative data, but few institutions are using that data to improve advising programs and practices (Survey report).
  • Reminder: May 4, Friday, is GenTX Day: Wear your college t-shirt to salute college-bound students.



Available on the Texas State Auditor’s Office Web site: A Summary Report on Full-time Equivalent State Employees for the Quarter Ending February 29, 2012, SAO Report No. 12-706, . Overall Conclusion: As of the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2012, the State employed 309,748.1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, a decrease of 6,945.1 FTEs (2.2 percent) since the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. Higher education institutions reported they employed 162,647.7 FTEs, an increase of 376.5 (0.2 percent).


  • (Article regarding a presentation by Comptroller Susan Combs) With the increase in enrollment, the percentage of Medicaid funding, compared to the total amount of state spending, will potentially increase from 20 percent in 2011 to 37 percent in 2023 (State official warns).
  • Among Americans who turned 25 in the 1970s, only 5% had less education than the parent of the same sex, according to an analysis … Among those who turned 25 in the 2000s, 18% of men and 13% of women had fewer years of school than their parents (Education slowdown).
  • Brown University has agreed to pay Providence, R.I., $31.5-million over the next 11 years, a move that the mayor said would help the cash-strapped city deal with a vast budget deficit. As the need for new revenue grows, city leaders in places like Providence and Boston have looked to colleges to help make up the difference (Brown U. to pay).
  • In the past five years, tuition and fees, adjusted for inflation, have increased by more than one-third in 16 states, according to data from the College Board (States struggling).
  • The regional Alegent Health system will acquire Creighton University Medical Center (Neb.), most likely this summer. Those alliances reflect a 15-year trend in which academic medical centers nationwide have joined other hospitals or systems to gain strength, broaden their reach or provide additional training opportunities for medical students (Academic med centers).
  • Universities are very good at creating things. Businesses excel at manufacturing and selling products. But the two sectors rarely work together in Ohio, something that has stifled economic growth, according to officials from around the state who are preparing a plan to commercialize university research (Universities and businesses). Also: (Texas) Universities could partner with outside entrepreneurs more often to bring new technology to market if the state provided some seed funding, researchers and business people told legislators last week (House pushes). See also “Texas college officials” from the same meeting.
  • Asked whether Texas is appropriately educating enough future professionals to meet workforce needs, some speakers at the Texas Lyceum responded with a resounding “no.” (Education changes).
  • If states don’t improve their college graduation rates, it could cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars, according to findings released by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the Center for Higher Education Management Systems. An interactive dashboard released with the report shows the cost and benefit of maintaining current degree levels or improving them (More college grads).


Three Texas university members co-wrote: Developing Best Practices for Value Added Research in a Political Context [Valerie Osland Patton (Texas Tech University, USA), Gerry Dizinno (University of Texas at San Antonio, USA) and Roy Mathew (University of Texas at El Paso, USA)] available at ; the document addresses the “…change from higher education as a public good to an individual good, there has been an increasing demand for accountability and transparency…”


Policy, philanthropy, research and health-related News Clips of interest through April 27, 2012 are posted below:


  • President Barack Obama’s 2009 economic stimulus program saved or generated at least 264,000 Texas jobs in the first 18 months after federal dollars started flowing to states, according to a study. The report was commissioned by Texans for Public Justice. A Perry spokeswoman and Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken of Dallas dismissed the study (Study: Federal stimulus).
  • The degree of state approval that public universities require to issue debt varies on a state-by-state basis and often depends on the type of project for which the institution is seeking debt. Some states let colleges and universities issue debt without any legislative approval, particularly for projects such as housing and dining that have designated revenue streams outside of state funding. (Building with your hands tied).
  • Start-up companies want engineers and computer scientists but have the hardest time finding those who are qualified. That’s according to a report that examined the amounts of job listings and applicants for start-up companies on the website (Help wanted).
  • Throughout American history, almost every generation has had substantially more education than that of its parents. That is no longer true. About 30% of American adults have four-year college degrees, and there is little evidence that is a natural ceiling. Thirty years ago, the U.S. led the world in the percentage of 25- to 34-year-olds with the equivalent of at least a two-year degree; only Canada and Israel were close. As of 2009, the U.S. lagged behind 14 other developed countries, the OECD says (Education slowdown).
  • A growing number of public universities are charging higher tuition for math, science and business programs, which they argue cost more to teach — and can earn grads higher-paying jobs. More than 140 public universities now use “differential tuition” plans, up 19% since 2006, according to research from Cornell’s Higher Education Research Institute (More universities).
  • The University of Pittsburgh has cut off admissions to master’s and doctoral programs in German, religious studies, and classics in response to reduced state aid (Humanities retrenchment).
  • A consortium of international universities and companies led by New York University and NYU-Poly will open a new applied-research institute focused on the sustainability challenges facing cities (New York).
  • Fewer people are giving more money to American colleges, and the industry may be staging a modest rebound from the slowdown in higher-education fundraising that accompanied the 2008 economic downturn, according to a report. Median revenue per donor rose from $450 to $474 between the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years, according to the Blackbaud Index of Higher Education (College giving).


  • According to key performance indicators released for Ontario colleges, 83 percent of graduates entering the labor force in 2011 found jobs within six months (Ontario data).
  • The little-known Western Undergraduate Exchange offers discounts at public colleges and universities to students from 15 states. The program sets tuition at no more than 150% of in-state rates and saves undergraduates on average $7,700 a year. The arrangement is possible because, even in these tough economic times, some campuses in other states have more space at their universities and are happy to take in neighbors at less than full freight. In all, 150 public colleges — some two-year, some four-year — take part. Some campuses limit the number of lower-paying students they accept … Some allow these students into only certain majors and departments. … (Program gives). See also and
  • According to Complete College America, a national nonprofit group, 51.7 percent of students entering a two-year college enrolled in remediation. And 19.9 percent of those at four-year colleges did the same. However, 38 percent and 25.6 percent of remedial students in two-year and four-year colleges, respectively, never complete the programs specifically meant to catch them up (Report: College remediation). Also: Policy simulations suggest that exempting students with strong high school backgrounds from placement testing could lower remediation rates by 8 to 12 percentage points, without affecting pass rates in college-level courses (Are college entrants).
  •  The dean of the Virginia Military Institute has put forward a controversial and unusual plan that could prevent students from choosing popular academic majors so that the institute can equalize faculty workloads and spread out its 1,500 students more evenly across disciplines. The plan has upset some professors, including one who called it “academic socialism.” The dean’s plan would tie admission more directly to academic majors, so that applicants’ chances of admission would be greater if they wanted to study less-popular majors (Virginia Military Institute).
  • A study on Texas’ higher-education policy lays out the tough choices that state lawmakers are facing and throws some cold water on one of their prize programs: the initiative to create more tier-one universities. With a mere 32 percent of adult Texans older than 25 with at least an associate degree, the study notes, Texas ranks 39th among states. University of Pennsylvania researchers conducted the study in conjunction with the National Center for Public Policy (New report).
  • The American Council on Education (ACE) released two publications designed to offer data and insight into this complex matter: ‘Putting College Costs Into Context’ and ‘The Anatomy of College Tuition’ (New resources).
  • California State University is withholding financial aid for about 20,000 needy graduate students – money that pays their tuition – pending a decision that could permanently end the cash grants (CSU may pull).
  • While overshadowed by espionage against corporations, efforts by foreign countries to penetrate universities have increased in the past five years. Attempts by countries in East Asia, including China, to obtain classified or proprietary information by “academic solicitation,” such as requests to review academic papers or study with professors, jumped eightfold in 2010 from a year earlier, according to a 2011 U.S. Defense Department report (American universities).
  • Universities are jumping into the business of providing professional certificates that were once the domain of community colleges and for-profit providers (The ‘cash cow’).
  • A report examines how state disinvestment in public higher education over the past two decades has shifted costs to students and their families. This study … analyzes patterns in state support for public higher education over the past two decades. Trends in tuition and financial aid are also examined and policy recommendations are presented for ways to renew America’s commitment to nurturing a strong and inclusive middle class through investments in public higher education (The great cost shift).


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