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This week in higher ed

•Georgia legislators pulled off a last-minute deal that added a new cost to operating the states HOPE scholarship fund. A provision written at the end of the legislative session will cost HOPE an extra $4.5 million annually to give scholarships to part-time private college students. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/12/04)
•Georgia legislators pulled off a last-minute deal that added a new cost to operating the state's HOPE scholarship fund. A provision written at the end of the legislative session will cost HOPE an extra $4.5 million annually to give scholarships to part-time private college students. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 5/12/04)

•University of Texas President Larry Faulkner announced the recommendations of the university's task force on “racial respect and fairness,” formed in response to incidents of racial insensitivity at the school. The proposal includes appointing a senior diversity officer, requiring a cross-cultural course and rearranging the statues of Confederate leaders. (Houston Chronicle, 5/12/04)

•Students are becoming an increasingly vulnerable target for identity fraud as thieves target colleges and universities that use Social Security numbers to identify students. (Columbia News Service, 5/11/04)

•For the fourth consecutive year, University of Minnesota students are facing a double-digit increase in tuition and fees. Next year's recommended hike is 14 percent. (Pioneer Press, 5/11/04)

•New York University has agreed to provide health benefits, pension contributions and some job security, as well as wage increases, to its unionized part-time faculty members. (The New York Times, 5/11/04)