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This week in higher ed

•According to a survey of 163,000 students at 473 colleges, only 11 percent of full-time students spend more than 25 hours a week preparing for class. Only 28 percent of freshmen regularly make class presentations. Nearly a third of seniors say they rarely ask questions in class or contribute to discussions. Meanwhile, students grades seem to be improving anyway. (USA Today, 11/15/04)

•Three donors have given $1 million each to Austin College, where former APSU President Oscar Page now presides. (The Dallas Morning News, 11/12/04)
•According to a survey of 163,000 students at 473 colleges, only 11 percent of full-time students spend more than 25 hours a week preparing for class. Only 28 percent of freshmen regularly make class presentations. Nearly a third of seniors say they rarely ask questions in class or contribute to discussions. Meanwhile, students' grades seem to be improving anyway. (USA Today, 11/15/04)

•Three donors have given $1 million each to Austin College, where former APSU President Oscar Page now presides. (The Dallas Morning News, 11/12/04)

•The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is offering the three-hour course, “Examining ‘American Idol' Through Musical Critique.” (Toledo Blade, 11/12/04)

•A survey of more than 2,700 universities and colleges found foreign student enrollment has dropped by 2.4 percent in 2003-03—the first national decline since 1971. (Indianapolis Star, 11/10/04)

•Universities are spending more on their alumni publications, recognizing if alumni can be persuaded to read their college magazine, they might give even more. Several schools, including Vanderbilt, Penn State and Yale, have revamped or restarted their magazines recently. New York University started an alumni magazine last year and saw donor rates soar from around 12 percent of alumni to more than 30 percent. Many also are moving toward the private college model of mailing magazines to all graduates, not just paying members of alumni associations. (The New York Times, 11/10/04)