Higher Ed Press Clips February 2013

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February 1-26, 2013

Denver Post:
Denver program uses video to bring science to students across America –
David Tabano's seventh-grade anthropology class gathered in small groups and prepared questions for one of the nation's leading anthropologists.  The Denver Center for International Studies class didn't have to take a field trip to see Charles Musiba in his research lab at the University of Colorado Denver. They were one of several classes throughout the nation that participated in a video conference with Musiba on Monday.  Musiba, an anthropology professor at CU Denver, was the latest professional featured on " Scientists in Action." The program hosted by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science connects scientists and classrooms throughout the nation.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder faces $4 million budget gap after more students convert to in-state status –
During the past year, more University of Colorado students than expected successfully gained residency, meaning they'll pay thousands of dollars less in tuition -- ultimately creating a $4 million budget shortfall for the Boulder campus.  Kelly Fox, finance chief for the Boulder campus, said the school saw a surge in students who converted from non-residents to residents in the past year and the anomaly translates to a drop off in tuition revenue. This year, for example, in-state students in the College of Arts and Sciences pay $8,056 for a year of tuition. Non-resident students have a guarantee that their tuition rates will remain flat for four years, and those who entered as freshmen this year pay $29,946 in arts and sciences.

Ed News Colorado:
ASSET bill clears the Senate –
The Senate Monday morning voted 23-12 to pass the bill that makes undocumented students eligible for resident tuition rates at state colleges.  Senators spent just a few moments making some last rhetorical points about Senate Bill 13-033 before taking the final roll call vote. Three Republicans joined all 20 Senate Democrats in voting for the measure.

Inside Higher Ed:
Possible Probation for Phoenix: University of Phoenix faces possible probation by accreditor –
The University of Phoenix’s accreditation woes are more serious than the for-profit giant had been told to expect, with a site team from its regional accreditor recommending last week that the university be placed on probation because of concerns about a lack of autonomy from its holding company, the Apollo Group.  The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools last year wrapped up its accreditation review of Phoenix. In January the accreditor informed Apollo that it had identified unspecified problems that would be disclosed in a forthcoming draft report. Company officials told investors that it would probably be placed “on notice,” a less severe penalty than probation.

New York Times:
Thomas Edison State College Pioneers Alternative Paths –
In September, Jennifer Hunt of Brown County, Ind., was awarded a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey without ever taking a Thomas Edison course. She was one of about 300 of last year’s 3,200 graduates who managed to patch together their degree requirements with a mix of credits — from other institutions, standardized exams, online courses, workplace or military training programs and portfolio assessments. Years ago, fresh out of high school, Ms. Hunt had finished enough advanced work to enter the University of Texas at Austin with sophomore standing. But after a year, homesick, she returned to Virginia. Then she married and eventually moved to Indiana. She had 10 children, whom she home-schools, and worked in her husband’s business.