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This week in higher ed

•A new study from the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 90 percent of rapes or attempted rapes on campus are committed by someone the victim knows; almost all on-campus attacks occur in residence halls; and for every 1,000 women on campus, there may be 35 incidents of rape in an academic year. Most go unreported. (The Plain Dealer, 12/13/04)
•A new study from the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 90 percent of rapes or attempted rapes on campus are committed by someone the victim knows; almost all on-campus attacks occur in residence halls; and for every 1,000 women on campus, there may be 35 incidents of rape in an academic year. Most go unreported. (The Plain Dealer, 12/13/04)

•Lawyers for two white students whose lawsuit overturned the affirmative action admissions program at the University of Michigan have asked a federal judge to award damages to 30,000 other non-minority people whose applications were rejected from 1995-2003. They are asking the university to refund these applicants' application fees and reimburse those who may have attended a more expensive and to compensate them for emotional distress. (Detroit Free Press, 12/13/04)

•Illinois State University has created a “Service and Leadership” floor in one residence hall. The 55 students living there donate their time to volunteer opportunities. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 12/13/04)

•More colleges are visiting high school college fairs and letting applicants know their admissions fate on the spot. Admissions counselors say it help them reach first-generation college students at schools with few counselors. (Associated Press, 12/12/04)

•A $400,000 contribution by the chair of the board of trustees of Northeastern Illinois University has helped end a three-week walkout by 500 faculty and staff members. With time running out before the semester would be canceled and the university and union at loggerheads over a pay raise, Northeastern Board Chair Daniel L. Goodwin wrote the check to boost the university's pay proposal to a level acceptable to union negotiators. (Chicago Tribune, 12/9/04)

•Gov. Phil Bredesen has told higher education officials to prepare for more tight budgets. He said that likely means tuition hikes will continue this year and beyond. (Associated Press, 12/8/04)

•The Pennsylvania attorney general's office has sued an online university, Trinity Southern University in Texas, for allegedly selling bogus academic degrees—including an MBA awarded to a cat. (CNN.com, 12/8/04)

•Auburn University has been released from academic probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which cited the school for micromanagement by trustees. (The Florida Times-Union, 12/8/04)

•Colorado Gov. Bill Owens has proposed a Colorado Achievement Scholarship, designed to provide financial help for deserving low-income students if they stay away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. (The Denver Post, 12/8/04)