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•Many people who drop out plan to return to get their degrees, even if few actually do. Almost one in three Americans in their mid-20s now fall into this group, up from one in five in the late 1960s. (The New York Times, 5/24/05)
•Many people who drop out plan to return to get their degrees, even if few actually do. Almost one in three Americans in their mid-20s now fall into this group, up from one in five in the late 1960s. (The New York Times, 5/24/05)

•Donald Trump has launched a new enterprise: an online education company dubbed “Trump University,” promising seminars, courses and study programs designed for "practical education." The for-profit venture won't offer traditional degrees and isn't seeking to be a bricks-and-mortar university, but it is drawing on faculty of some of the most renowned business schools to design its curriculum, including Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Columbia University and Yale University. (Newsday, 5/24/05)

•According to a recent survey, more than 30 percent of college grads fear student loan debt, while just 13 percent fear a terrorist attack. (USA Today, 5/19/05)

• Students attending the University of Texas at Austin will find something missing from the undergraduate library this fall: books. By mid-July, almost all of the library's 90,000 volumes will be dispersed to other university collections to clear space for a 24-hour electronic information commons, a fast-spreading phenomenon that is transforming research and study on campuses around the country. Their new version is to include "software suites" (modules with computers where students can work collaboratively at all hours), an expanded center for writing instruction and a center for computer training, technical assistance and repair. (The New York Times, 5/17/05)