Around the industry: The top-ranked colleges for yield rate may surprise you

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  • Florida: The state legislature moved one step closer to permitting guns on college campuses when a key subcommittee in the state’s House approved a bill Tuesday. The measure still faces strong opposition in the state’s Senate, driven by former Sen. John Thrasher (R), who is now the president of Florida State University (FSU). Though Thrasher has left, his opinion still “carries a lot of weight” with legislators, says the head of the Senate’s education subcommittee. Supporters emphasize that the bill strictly regulates who may carry guns on campuses—to obtain a permit, they must be 21 years old, pass a background check, and be free of any criminal record. Critics point out that campus police are already very effective, notably in an active shooter emergency at FSU last November (McGrory, Tampa Bay Times, 1/21).
  • Massachusetts: According to a ranking by U.S. News & World Report, Harvard University had the best fall 2013 yield rate in the country of accepted students who choose to enroll, at 81%. Similarly prestigious institutions also had high yield rates, with Stanford University (76%) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (72%) also in the top five for the nation. However, religious institutions and state universities also performed well in the rankings. Two religious institutions were in the top ten: Brigham Young University (78.4%) and Yeshiva University (65.8%). Two public institutions also made the top ten: University of Alaska-Fairbanks (73.1%) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (63.2%), with Georgia Southern University (62.2%) right on their heels at number 11 (Snider, U.S. News & World Report, 1/21).
  • Oregon: The University of Oregon (UO) has placed two employees on leave while it investigates why 22,000 pages of confidential data were released. The records did not contain Social Security numbers, financial information, or medical records, but did include correspondence of the last four UO presidents. So far, UO officials know that the information was requested by a faculty member, then sent to him or her without being checked against federal or state privacy laws. UO officials have not articulated exactly what in the released records might violate privacy laws. A university spokesperson says the leak is serious, but not of the sort that could lead to identity theft (Read, The Oregonian/Oregon Live, 1/21).

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