Archive for February 8th, 2011

Oregon May Join Other States In Giving Universities Independence

February 8th, 2011

A Senate education committee heard testimony on a bill to give Oregon public universities more independence. While business leaders support the measure, faculty and students raised concerns.  Senate Bill 242 would sever the university system from its status as a state agency, allowing it to operate free of legislative oversight. In exchange, the universities would be expected to meet performance goals. I assume Oregon universites could also set their tuition rates without state approval . This decision was given to Virginia Universities several years ago.

Source:ECS

Why A Liberal Education Is Important

February 8th, 2011

From AAC&U

  What Is a Liberal Education?
And Why Is It Important to My Future?

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Texas Considers Tracking In Community Colleges

February 8th, 2011

Facing dwindling state dollars and more pressure to graduate students, Texas community colleges may begin steering students who test at the lowest skill levels toward shorter vocational programs or adult basic education before attempting college academics. Right now, most community colleges are enrolling those students in a gantlet of remedial classes they have little chance of surviving. (San Antonio Express-News, 01/21/11)