Around the industry: College cuts tuition by $10,000

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  • Nebraska: Leaders of the College of St. Mary announced earlier in October that they will reduce the sticker price of tuition by $10,000 for incoming and current undergraduate students. Officials estimate the change will reduce real prices for students by about $1,000 on average per year, after factoring in financial aid and other assistance. "It's not about enrollment growth for us," President Maryanne Stevens says. "What we really want to do is make College of St. Mary affordable," she added (Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald, 10/19). 
  • Oxford, United Kingdom: The man who invented the World Wide Web has been appointed a professor of computer science at the University of Oxford. Tim Berners-Lee wrote a memo describing the web in 1989 while working at CERN in Switzerland. Berners-Lee is currently also a full-time faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and has not announced any plans to leave that post (Shead, Business Insider, 10/27). 
  • Washington, D.C.: Officials at the Council of Graduate Schools announced Thursday the organization will begin a research project to develop better practices for tracking the career outcomes of people who receive doctorates in humanities fields. According to Colleen Flaherty at Inside Higher Ed, the project represents the first major effort of its kind in 20 years. The council plans to collaborate with 15 universities to collect data (Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed, 10/28). 

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