Notes in the Margins: Dorm drug labs, athletic fees and the new student loan system

A Father's Acceptance: His Son Won't Be Following His Ivy Footsteps An author who has long urged parents to see their children as having their own unique gifts, and not as mirror images of themselves, finally learns to practice at home what he preaches on the road. (

Police say drug lab was operating in Georgetown dorm room When students at Harbin Hall were rousted from their beds by Georgetown University officials at 6 a.m. Saturday, some thought it might be a cruelly timed fire drill. (

European University Leaders Discuss Responses to a Host of New Pressures Not only are European institutions being asked to diversify in many ways, they must respond to the rapid rise in mass demand for higher education. (

For-Profit Colleges Oppose Tighter Regulation in U.S. Part of a government plan to more closely regulate the for-profit education sector in the United States has been delayed, following an outcry from school supporters. (

Community college, high school explore partnership A Massachusetts community college hopes to use a nearby high school's facilities to offer college classes after the high school day is completed. Many of the classes to be offered would be open to qualified students from other local high schools, allowing juniors and seniors to get a head start in earning college credits. (Boston Globe)

UNI's Grammar Expert Can Save You From Language Gaffes The interactive online writing service targets students, government workers, business people and other writers, anywhere in the world, who need a nudge. The tool exemplifies a growing effort nationally to refine writing, researchers say. (

Athletic fees are a large, and sometimes hidden, cost at colleges Nine public universities in Virginia charged athletic fees greater than $1,000 this year, to support athletic programs that could not support themselves. Three other Virginia schools and seven Maryland institutions charged students more than $500 apiece to shore up their athletics. (The Washington Post)

Student loans -- So Far, So Good Three and a half months after legislation took effect that ended the origination of student loans by banks, and several weeks into the first fall semester of the New World Order in student lending, even many who opposed what they saw as the Obama administration's heavy-handed push to kill the lender-based guaranteed student loan program acknowledge that the transition has gone smoothly. (Inside Higher Ed)

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