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This week in higher ed

•Alumni donations to U.S. colleges and universities are up 11.9 percent. Overall voluntary support, including gifts from corporations, foundations and other individuals and organizations, is holding steady at $23.9 billion. (USA Today)

•The chief of UCLAs medical school has apologized for the apparent sale of parts of bodies donated to the schools Willed Body Program. Director Henry Reid has been arrested in the case. A second UCLA employee has been placed on leave. (CNN)
•Alumni donations to U.S. colleges and universities are up 11.9 percent. Overall voluntary support, including gifts from corporations, foundations and other individuals and organizations, is holding steady at $23.9 billion. (USA Today)

•The chief of UCLA's medical school has apologized for the apparent sale of parts of bodies donated to the school's Willed Body Program. Director Henry Reid has been arrested in the case. A second UCLA employee has been placed on leave. (CNN)

•Hispanics do not receive a fair share of financial aid, according to research gathered by Thomas Mortenson, policy analyst with the Council for Opportunity in Education. Experts say a communication breakdown on the part of the federal government, schools and parents is partly to blame. They add that first-generation students often are unaware of financial aid opportunities. (CNN)

•Almost one in five college and professional school graduates says he has changed his career plans because of student debt, according to the 2002 National Student Loan Survey from lender Nellie Mae. Experts say these students may feel forced to shy away from low-paying jobs in nonprofits, the arts or government because of enormous debt. For the full story, go to http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2004/0309/p11s01-legn.html.
(Christian Science Monitor)

•A University of Toledo task force is asking for 30 degree programs to be discontinued. Current students and those who enter in Fall 2004 will not be affected. Faced with increasingly tight budgets, University of Toledo officials are facing pressure to cut programs deemed unnecessary or unproductive. (Toledo Blade)

•The federal government plans to invest nearly $1 billion into nanotech research during fiscal year 2004, and it will add $3.7 billion more between 2005 and 2008. Experts say now could be the time to review universities' roles in research and increase applied-research funding. (CNET News.com)