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This week in higher ed

•Average athletics expenses have grown to 8 percent annually–more than double the 3.7 percent average annual increase in university costs. And 20 state-supported universities are carrying more than $40 million each in athletics debt. The average annual athletics budget in Division I-A is $27 million. (Bloomberg, 11/22/04)

•Driven in part by lottery scholarships, enrollment in Tennessees public colleges and universities is at an all-time high: 199,921 students. (USA Today, 11/18/04)
•Average athletics expenses have grown to 8 percent annually—more than double the 3.7 percent average annual increase in university costs. And 20 state-supported universities are carrying more than $40 million each in athletics debt. The average annual athletics budget in Division I-A is $27 million. (Bloomberg, 11/22/04)

•Driven in part by lottery scholarships, enrollment in Tennessee's public colleges and universities is at an all-time high: 199,921 students. (USA Today, 11/18/04)

•Religion and philosophy profs are gaining attention for integrating TV and movies into the curriculum, using Homer Simpson to explain Aristotle's philosophy, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to examine ethical dilemmas and “The Matrix” to illuminate points about ancient and modern beliefs. (The Christian Science Monitor, 11/16/04)