Around the industry: Michigan State University drops algebra requirement

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  • Arizona: Northern Arizona University has banned most tobacco products from campus, including chewing tobacco, cigars, hookah, and e-cigarettes. Tobacco is now only allowed in the use of ceremonial tobacco, permissible by the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, and in classroom settings, such as in labs, classroom instruction, and experiments. Students and staff who violate the policy could face disciplinary action and visitors who use tobacco products will be asked to leave (12 News KPNX, 7/5).
  • Massachusetts: Harvard University and the Berklee College of Music have partnered to offer a five-year dual degree program that allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard and a Master of Music or a Master of Arts at Berklee. To be eligible for the program, students must be accepted to both Harvard and Berklee independently, as well as complete an interview and audition with Berklee. Students can take part in the program beginning in fall 2017 (Balkin, Berklee College of Music press release, 7/5).
  • Michigan: Michigan State University has revised its general-education math requirement so that algebra is no longer mandatory for all students. Previously, students had to choose and complete four math courses, including algebra, from a designated list—or waive the requirement with transfer credits or by scoring high enough on a proctored exam. Now students can fulfill the requirement by taking two quantitative literacy courses or taking algebra in addition to another math course of their choice (Joselow, Inside Higher Ed, 7/6).  

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