Around the industry: Dropout Bill Gates says US needs 11 million more college grads

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  • Alabama: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will reinstate its popular football program, president Ray Watts announced Monday. The program was cut in December because of financial challenges. Watts says he has been able to reverse that decision after receiving $17.2 million in donations from fans. However, there are still hurdles the program will need to clear in order to operate again (Solomon, CBS Sports, 6/1).
  • Illinois: The flight attendant who refused to give a closed can of soda to a Northwestern University Muslim chaplain "will no longer serve United customers," an airline spokesperson announced Wednesday. The spokesperson also formally apologized to Tahera Ahmad and said that United will "continue to work with all of our partners" on cultural awareness (Johnson, AP/U.S. News & World Report, 6/3).
  • Washington: Bill Gates, poster child for college skeptics, encouraged Americans to enroll in college—and stick with it until graduation—in a blog post Wednesday. More than 36 million American people started higher education but did not finish, Gates writes. The nation faces an impending shortage of skilled workers, needing 11 million more within the next decade, according to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University (Gates,, 6/3).

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