Around the industry: Bats in the president's home cause a flap on campus

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  • Illinois: Officials at Harper College announced Monday their own version of America's College Promise. The Promise Scholarship program will allow some students to earn a two-year degree without paying tuition. To be eligible, students will have to maintain minimum grades, attend school full-time, and participate in community service. Harper becomes the latest of several colleges in Illinois offering similar programs (McCoppin, Chicago Tribune, 3/29).
  • Minnesota: State legislators are considering a bill that would eliminate remedial courses from the state's community colleges. Critics of the bill say that developmental classes are necessary to help student get ready for college-level coursework. Supporters of the bill allege that placement tests are flawed and say that students in remedial courses are significantly less likely to graduate (Lerner, Star Tribune, 3/29).
  • Ohio: Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University, and his wife Deborah are determined to live in a new house after years of dealing with a bat infestation. Deborah McDavis broke her foot during a recent encounter with one of the bats and the couple has since moved to a new home in the area. The university's foundation pays $4,318 per month for the couple to live in the new house, which it is now considering buying as a permanent home for the president for $1.2 million. The issue has stirred up backlash on campus, including protests from students and a letter signed by several faculty members asking officials to reconsider (Farkas, Northeast Ohio Media Group, 3/31).

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