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SB185 Raises Race Factor In California Admissions

A satirical bake sale at UC Berkeley captured national attention this week when its Republican student sponsors priced cupcakes according to the buyer's ethnicity.

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Brown Weighs Bill Challenging Ban On Affirmative Action

The measure could put race and gender back into the admissions process at California's public universities 15 years after the state's voters banned affirmative action.

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Univ. of Notre Dame President Protests Birth Control Inclusion

President Barack Obama's health care overhaul should be changed so that religious schools such as the University of Notre Dame aren't required to go against their beliefs and provide birth control to students and employees, the school president says.

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Catching Up: Just One Appointment So Far To Special U of Wisc. System Task Force

Although the state Legislature axed a plan to split UW-Madison from the University of Wisconsin System from the state budget, it called for the creation of a "Special Task Force" to study the UW System.

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After 40-Year Standoff, Harvard Makes Peace With Naval ROTC

As gay and lesbian advocates nationwide celebrate the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” another celebration is taking place today at Harvard University: The school is formally recognizing Naval ROTC for the first time in four decades.

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Overcoming the Top Student Aid Compliance Issues

Communication with departments across campus a key to success

Complying with the growing and increasingly complex Title IV federal student aid regulations is an ongoing challenge for every campus that administers federal student aid. Performing a word count of student aid regulations in 2000 and 2010 reveals a 40 percent increase over that decade. A recent survey of financial aid administrators shows that increasing regulatory and compliance requirements are causing resource shortages in many financial aid offices.

Transparency for South Carolina

The South Carolina Higher Education Efficiency and Administrative Policies Act, signed into law on August 3 by Gov. Nikki Haley, is a big step for transparency in South Carolina's public institutions. The twofold law requires them to post all purchasing transactions online and eliminates portions of the timely and costly process for having new facilities or major purchases approved.

SAFRA One Year Later

It's been a year since the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act took effect. How is it working and what is to come?

The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), passed in May 2010 as part of the Healthcare Reform Act, was an attempt to rein in the student loan industry and save money by taking private lenders out of the equation. But a year later, educators, parents, and legislators are asking, is the program delivering on its goals?

Kinder, Gentler Pell Cuts

Proposals for reducing costs while avoiding across-the-board cuts

Republicans and Democrats agree: The projected cost of the Pell Grant program is unsustainable. Now policymakers are looking at the best ways to reduce costs.

Time to Reveal What You Know About Students?

A case for data disclosure

Ever wonder what Facebook does with the information it collects about you? Ever wonder what you could do with that same information? Economist Richard Thaler of The University of Chicago recently raised the notion that consumers could benefit if companies would turn the data they collect over to the public. His mantra is, “It’s my data--give it back!”