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Feds: $100M Scheme Sought to License Untrained Nurses

More than 7.6K fake diplomas allegedly issued over 5 years in South Florida

(Newser) - "There are over 7,600 people around the country with fraudulent nursing credentials who are potentially in critical health care roles treating patients," FBI Miami Special Agent in Charge Chad Yarbrough said this week. His warning came as the Justice Department announced charges related to three accredited nursing...

This University Has the Most Stressed-Out Students

Berkeley fares the worst in new assessment

(Newser) - UC Berkeley is known as a "workaholic" school, according to the online learning platform Preply , and that may explain why the university's students appear to be the most stressed-out in the nation. Preply analyzed student tweets from college towns during the fall semester and assessed them for stress...

University Apologizes for Experiments on Prisoners

UCSF conducted the dermatology experiments in the 1960s and '70s

(Newser) - A prominent California medical school has apologized for conducting dozens of unethical medical experiments on at least 2,600 incarcerated men in the 1960s and 1970s, including putting pesticides and herbicides on the men's skin and injecting it into their veins, per the AP . Two dermatologists at the University...

Hackers to College Students: 'For You, It's a Sad Day'

Knox College's ransomware attack represents 'escalation in the extortion market'

(Newser) - Ransomware attacks against educational institutions are on the rise, with Illinois' Knox College becoming the latest victim. But as NBC News reports, this attack is unique as it "marks the first known case in which hackers used their access to contact students directly in order to intimidate them."...

Dramatic Tuition Cuts Expose a Pricing 'Feint'

Almost nobody pays the full price, reports 'New York Times'

(Newser) - Those applying to college over the next few months may notice many private institutions have slashed tuition fees amid the rising cost of living and growing skepticism about whether a degree is worth the cost. But as the New York Times reports, there's more to the price cut than...

US News College Rankings Take Another Hit

Deans of Harvard, Yale law schools cite issues with magazine's methodology, will no longer participate

(Newser) - Harvard and Yale consistently show up in college ranking top 10 lists, but there's one notable list their law schools won't be cooperating with in the future. The heads of those schools at the two elite universities announced Wednesday they'll no longer be willing participants in the...

These Are the Top 10 US Colleges and Universities

MIT tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - Where to go to college is among the biggest decisions we make, affecting not only our future in general, but also our wallets (or our parents' wallets). WalletHub wanted to see which colleges and universities proved the best-performing options at the lowest cost for undergrads, analyzing the data on 900-plus...

College Puts 'Stake in the Ground' on Abortion Access

Private women's college Barnard will offer abortion pills to students beginning Sept. 2023

(Newser) - Barnard College says it will begin offering abortion pills to its students beginning in September 2023. The private women's college in Manhattan, which operates in partnership with Columbia University, made the announcement Thursday, saying it was preparing in case roadblocks were erected to abortion access in New York. "...

Columbia Falls Hard Amid 'Shoddy' Rankings Controversy

Ivy League school drops from No. 2 to No. 18 on 'US News' list that critics say is easily manipulated

(Newser) - US News & World Report's annual college rankings dropped on Monday, and one university in particular dropped significantly: New York City's Columbia, which fell from the No. 2 spot it held last year to No. 18—back to a spot it hadn't seen in more than 30...

Here Are the Best, Worst Colleges for Free Speech

Per Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, 3 Ivy League schools are in bottom 10

(Newser) - Students usually head off to college excited to open their minds, on campuses where academic freedom is said to be valued and the exchange of ideas paramount. However, per Greg Lukianoff, CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, free speech "has gotten far worse in the last...

Biden to Grads at Alma Mater: 'No Time to Be on the Sidelines'

President gave commencement speech to Class of '22 at University of Delaware on Saturday

(Newser) - President Joe Biden told graduates Saturday at his alma mater, the University of Delaware, that "now it's your hour," as he encouraged young people in the United States to help the country live up to its ideals. Speaking to more than 6,000 graduates, and with the...

UCLA Advertises Teaching Job With $0 Salary

It sought candidates with PhDs and extensive experience

(Newser) - In what academics say is just one example of a much bigger problem, UCLA recently advertised an assistant adjunct professor position that required extensive qualifications in return for a salary of nothing. "Applicants must understand there will be no compensation for this position," said the ad on an...

Before Her Plunge, a Text: 'Something Just Happened'
'Something Just Happened'
Was Final Text. Then She Fell
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'Something Just Happened' Was Final Text. Then She Fell

Death of Penn State sophomore Justine Gross ruled accidental

(Newser) - Update: Police have ruled out foul play in the death of a Penn State sophomore who fell to her death down an 11-story garbage chute in her off-campus apartment building. Justine Gross' death has been ruled accidental and the case has been closed, the Centre Daily Times reports. Autopsy results...

FBI Says HBCU Threat Investigation Is of the 'Highest Priority'

Source says agency has identified six 'tech savvy' juveniles as persons of interest

(Newser) - The FBI says its Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating bomb threats to historically Black colleges and universities as hate crimes—and the matter is of the highest priority. Almost 20 institutions across the country received threats Monday and Tuesday, causing some to lock down their campus. A law enforcement...

College Enrollment Drop Into 2020 Wasn't a Blip

Numbers kept falling in 2021 and researchers are very concerned

(Newser) - When enrollment at college and universities dropped sharply in 2020, officials hoped it was a one-year blip caused by the pandemic. Instead, numbers are still dropping and analysts fear a wider shift away from higher education could be underway. According to data released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse, undergraduate...

Harvard Extends Big Pandemic Change for 4 More Years

Candidates won't be required to send in their SAT, ACT scores until at least 2026

(Newser) - It was a change brought about by the pandemic, and one that Harvard University now plans on continuing for at least four more years—and maybe even for good. The New York Times reports the Ivy League school has decided to go the test-optional route, not requiring SAT and ACT...

Dixie State University Gets a Controversial Name Change

Utah Legislature votes for change to Utah Tech University

(Newser) - Update: Dixie State University will likely soon be called Utah Tech University. The Republican-controlled state legislature in Utah voted to change the name Wednesday, despite local outcry from those who insisted the regional importance of the word "Dixie" is separate from the word's association with slavery, the AP...

Future College Professes to Be a Haven for Free Speech

University of Austin will help students develop their views, organizers say

(Newser) - The University of Austin, its founders say, will soon rise up from a Texas campus in opposition to the censorship they believe to be pervasive at American colleges. Students and faculty will be free to present unpopular perspectives, the New York Times reports, starting next summer with Forbidden Courses—an...

Billionaire Plays Architect, and a Real Architect Quits
His Dorm Design Is Likened
to 'Psychological Experiment'
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His Dorm Design Is Likened to 'Psychological Experiment'

Billionaire Charlie Munger is paying for a largely windowless dorm on California coast at UCSB

(Newser) - It's good to be the king. Or if you have enough money, it might even be good to be the architect. However, one billionaire's foray into the field is generating all kinds of controversy in California. The unusual tale:
  • The billionaire: Charlie Munger, the 97-year-old right-hand man to
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Here Are America's 10 Best Colleges
This Is the Best
College in America

This Is the Best College in America

MIT is No. 1, at least according to WalletHub

(Newser) - Deciding where to go to college can be a stressful time for high schoolers. For those who are determined to attend the best of the best, WalletHub tries to ease the burden by sifting through all the pros and cons of more than 1,000 higher-ed institutions. The site looked...

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