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This Week in Higher Ed

• A coalition of 13 states confirmed plans to require tougher high school courses and diploma requirements. The participating states also pledged to hold colleges more accountable for ensuring students graduate. The states are Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas. (ABC News/Associated Press, 2/28/05)
• A coalition of 13 states confirmed plans to require tougher high school courses and diploma requirements. The participating states also pledged to hold colleges more accountable for ensuring students graduate. The states are Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas. (ABC News/Associated Press, 2/28/05)

•A new report, “Correcting Course: How We Can Restore the Ideals of Public Higher Education in a Market-Driven Era,” alleges that public colleges, which are receiving fewer federal dollars for education, still are making infrastructure investments but passing the costs to the students. (The Christian Science Monitor, 2/28/05)

•Fifteen Yale students gathered at the university's admissions office Thursday morning, vowing to stay until the school changes its financial aid policy. The group is calling on President Richard Levin to reduce the amount of money students on financial aid are required to pay by half. The students say families earning less than $40,000 should not have to contribute any money. A Yale undergraduate education, including tuition, room, board and other fees, costs about $41,000 a year, but Yale's average financial aid package is around $20,000. (The Boston Globe/Associated Press, 2/25/05)

•Nationwide, colleges are evaluating whether to eliminate landlines in dorms due to student cell phone usage. Morrisville State College of New York is providing cell phones to students, and Marshall University in West Virginia will switch to cell phones in dorms next fall. (The Washington Post, 2/23/05)