- Alabama: The state board of education, superintendent, and community colleges are working out a plan to improve college preparedness and reduce remediation rates. About 32% of high school graduates took remedial classes upon entering the state's public colleges last year. One goal of the partnership is to create a uniform standard for determining which students will be directed into remedial courses (Sell, Decatur Daily, 8/2).
- Texas: Jay Conover, a professor at Texas Tech University, claims that several grades he gave to students in his course were changed unfairly to allow unqualified students to graduate. The school allows students to appeal their grades in some cases, but Conover says those procedures were not followed. University leaders are forming an advisory committee to review the grades (Cunningham, Daily Toreador, 7/30; AP/CBS News, 7/30).
- Virginia: The University of Virginia's Cavalier Daily raised $55,000 in just 14 hours, saving the student newspaper from potentially shutting down. School officials had demanded the newspaper pay for outstanding back rent by August 5 or move into an office that would have accommodated only 10% of staff. Leaders of the paper asked alumni and supporters for help—they responded with a flood of pledges, including one anonymous donor who matched pledges up to $20,000 (Svrluga, "Grade Point," Washington Post, 8/3).
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