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This Week in Higher Ed

•Increased outreach efforts by the University of Michigan, including appearances by the president at black churches, helped boost minority applications by more than 10 percent. (Detroit Free Press, 1/21/05)

•After repeated scandals involving bodies donated to science, the University of California medical schools will be required to implant barcodes or radio-frequency identifiers in cadavers. (Los Angeles Times, 1/21/05)
•Increased outreach efforts by the University of Michigan, including appearances by the president at black churches, helped boost minority applications by more than 10 percent. (Detroit Free Press, 1/21/05)

•After repeated scandals involving bodies donated to science, the University of California medical schools will be required to implant barcodes or radio-frequency identifiers in cadavers. (Los Angeles Times, 1/21/05)

•The Education Trust has posted “College Results Online” (http://collegeresults.org), a site that lists overall graduation rates and minority student completion rates. (Des Moines Register, 1/20/05)

•Admissions counselors are trying more outlandish stunts. Doane College sent postcards of a male student surrounded by women, encouraging students to “play the field.” Other schools are lining up ski weekends to pair with admissions events, and Centre College is having its admissions staff—and sometimes even the college president—phone prospective students with birthday wishes. (The Boston Globe and Associated Press, 1/20/05)

•Thanks to a booming market, real-estate education is hot. Colleges are adding new programs and building on existing ones to keep up with industry and student demand. (The Christian Science Monitor, 1/18/05)

•According to Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, here are the nation's Top 10 Odd College Courses: 1) “Philosophy and ‘Star Trek'” (Georgetown), 2) “Daytime Serials: Family and Social Roles” (University of Wisconsin), 3) “The American Vacation” (University of Iowa), 4) “The Horror Film in Context” (Bowdoin), 5) “Comparative History of Organized Crime” (Williams College), 6) “The Road Movie” (Barnard), 7) “American Degenerates” (Brown), 8) “The Art of Sin and the Sin of Art” (Rhode Island School of Design), 9) “Death and the Nineteenth Century” (Purdue), and 10) “Art of Walking,” during which Centre College students not only read literature by writers known for thinking as they walked but also stroll along with their prof and his dog. (MSN.com, 1/19/05)