* OBAMA’S HIGHER-EDUCATION GOAL IS AMBITIOUS BUT ACHIEVABLE,
LEADERS SAY: Foundations involved in education praise the
president’s push to increase America’s college-participation
rates but say that it’s a daunting task and that improvement
will be hard to measure.
* DO FRILLS HAVE A FUTURE? IN AN AGE OF AUSTERITY, BASIC MAKES A
COMEBACK: The recession may well hasten the rise of “no
frills” colleges, like one under consideration in
Pennsylvania, where low cost prevails and the core mission is
the sole focus.
* GERMANY PROVIDES HIGHER EDUCATION WITHOUT THE EXTRAS: German
universities have kept tuition low with government support and
bare-bones services, but new competition among institutions
may bring changes.
* HOUSE PASSES DELAYED APPROPRIATIONS BILL THAT WOULD INCREASE
SOME STUDENT AID: The maximum would go up by $119
for the 2009 fiscal year under the measure, and funds for
scientific research, and especially research on “green”
energy, would rise.
* AN AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HELPS CHINA PROMOTE MILK FOR THE
MASSES: at San Luis
Obispo is bringing dairy-science students from China to its
campus in hopes of aiding that country’s effort to provide
milk for all of its children.