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•Harvard and Princeton topped U.S. News Americas Best Colleges 2005. Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford rounded out the top five. (U.S. News and World Report, 8/20/04)
•Harvard and Princeton topped U.S. News' “America's Best Colleges 2005.” Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Duke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford rounded out the top five. (U.S. News and World Report, 8/20/04)

•Business schools have fallen in love with “breakout rooms,” where students can meet to work on group projects, and are competing in building state-of-the-art facilities. The University of Pennsylvania opened its new academic center with 57 group study rooms. Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management debuted a new wing with 50. And the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business will have 31 group study rooms in its new Hyde Park Center. (Chicago Tribune, 8/20/04)

•Despite a hiring freeze, the wife of Bowling Green State University President Sidney Ribeau has been hired for a $66,000-a-year job with duties to include accompanying her husband to university events. The hiring comes at a time when spouses of university presidents increasingly are receiving separate salaries—generally for university PR. For example, new Ohio University President Roderick McDavis will be paid $275,000 for his job, while his wife will make $25,000 for her roles in community and alumni relations. (Toledo Blade, 8/19/04)

•Temple University is in the midst of a two-year, 170-professor hiring spree. So far, the professors are largely concentrated in a handful of areas, most notably history and philosophy. The goal is to propel those departments into the ranks of the nation's elite. (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/16/04)

•St. Mary's College officials announced that a series of pledges adding up to more than $100 million have turned out to be “a deception.” The donation promise came in 1997 from Conrad Colbrandt, a college regent. (Oakland Tribune, Aug. 15)

•John F. Brennan, president of Green Mountain College, is calling for more colleges to offer three-year bachelor's degrees. Fewer than 20 of the nation's colleges and universities offer the three-year option. (University Business, 8/11/04)

•The Troy Heidelberg Site, part of a Germany-Alabama alliance, opened in July, expanding Troy University's 58 campuses or teaching sites located worldwide. The site will feature an accredited Executive Master of Business Administration degree program for corporate executives in which Troy professors will travel to Heidelberg to teach. (American Association of State Colleges and Universities, August 2004)