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Van der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
The Davidson Academy of Nevada may have one of the most-intelligent student bodies in America, with each student required to be in the 99th percentile on IQ or achievement tests. But these kids need room to run and jump and have someone to talk to as much as any middle schooler. The 44 students now at the academy are at the precarious stage of…
Descriptors: Gifted, Early Adolescents, Achievement Tests, Intelligence Quotient
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
As the number of American students studying overseas increases, it will be difficult for colleges to establish or find enough adequate programs with challenging curricula. Students desire ever more remote locations, and colleges are being pushed to support the extremely adventurous. With more students studying abroad, and amid heightened fears…
Descriptors: Study Abroad, College Programs, Risk, Insurance
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
This article presents the "U.S. News" ranking profiles of four colleges, namely: (1) Smith College; (2) Washington University in St. Louis; (3) Colorado State University at Fort Collins; and (4) Whitman College. Smith College was in the top 10 of the nation's liberal-arts colleges, or just outside it, almost since the "U.S. News" rankings began.…
Descriptors: Profiles, Private Colleges, State Universities, Educational Quality
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
In the 1980s, when the "U.S. News & World Report" rankings of colleges were based solely on reputation, the nation's public universities were well represented at the top. However, as soon as the magazine began including its "measures of excellence," statistics intended to define quality, public universities nearly disappeared from the top. As the…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Public Colleges, Educational Quality, Measurement Techniques
Van der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
The return of college endowments from the depths of the market earlier this decade continued to gain momentum. Endowments returned an average of 10.7 percent in the 2006 fiscal year, up from the previous year's return of 9.3 percent. The largest endowments earned the best returns, allowing the wealthiest of colleges to put even more distance…
Descriptors: Endowment Funds, Investment, Money Management, College Administration
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
This article describes the findings of a Florida commission on campus safety that was issued in May 2007. The commission contradicted assertions by officials at Virginia Tech that they could not share information about the gunman in April's fatal shooting rampage because of privacy laws. The commission was assembled by Governor Charlie Crist in…
Descriptors: School Safety, Public Agencies, Privacy, Health Insurance
Farrell, Elizabeth F.; Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
While some colleges claim not to care what "U.S. News & World Report" says, and experts cite problems in the way its annual rankings are done, many institutions scramble to improve their positions. There are well-documented examples of institutions that have solicited nominal donations from alumni to boost their percentage of giving, encouraged…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Academic Achievement, Institutional Characteristics, Publicity
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2003
Describes how Santa Clara University is trying to make budget committees more influential by making them less democratic. (EV)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Budgeting, College Administration, Committees
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2003
Describes how a long-predicted decline in the fortunes of small private colleges is beginning to show up in the bond market, as the number of colleges now rated in the junk category has nearly doubled. (EV)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Higher Education, Money Management, Private Colleges
Fain, Paul; Ashburn, Elyse; Strout, Erin; Van Der, Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Skepticism among lawmakers in Congress that colleges are adequately trying to control costs may hinder legislation that would extend tax breaks for higher education, according to the chairman of the influential Senate Finance Committee. Senator Max S. Baucus said skepticism on Capitol Hill has been fueled by anger over multimillion-dollar coaches'…
Descriptors: Legislators, Tax Credits, Taxes, Tuition
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2002
Discusses how private colleges are feeling the impact of the economic downturn; even wealthy institutions are cutting back, but the smallest institutions appear to be most vulnerable. (EV)
Descriptors: Business Cycles, Economic Climate, Educational Finance, Higher Education
Van der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2002
Discusses how president Lawrence H. Summers has no problem taking on Harvard's beloved programs and bringing a "back to basics" approach to the university. (EV)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Presidents, Higher Education
Van der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2001
Discusses how as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga expands into a decaying black neighborhood--including donating the land for a public school--not all of the residents support the changes. (EV)
Descriptors: Blacks, Campus Planning, College Buildings, Educational Facilities Improvement
Van Der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2001
Discusses how as colleges deal with students protesting custodians' salaries, officials have had to weigh practicality against social justice. Includes a table of janitors' salaries in 1999-2000. (EV)
Descriptors: Activism, Cleaning, College Students, Colleges
Van der Werf, Martin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2001
Describes some of the efforts colleges have undertaken to ensure that clothing with college logos is not produced in sweatshops. Outlines work by the Fair Labor Association and the Workers Rights Consortium, organizations to which many colleges belong, to set up programs to monitor factories in the United States and other countries. (SLD)
Descriptors: Clothing, Developing Nations, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
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