College aid grows with fees
Reports from the College Board say four-year public universities, faced with declining state financing, boosted their published tuition and fees nearly 8 percent this year, to an average of $7,605, with the average in-state student at a public university now paying $16,140 when room and board are included, while tuition at private nonprofit colleges and universities grew 4.5 percent to an average of $27,293, or $36,993 with room and board, The New York Times reported Oct. 28 (see college aid story).
Students pressured to donate to class gift
Seniors at Dartmouth College and Cornell University in the last school year put unusual pressure on classmates to contribute to their class gift, The New York Times reported Oct. 27 (see student fundraising story).
Conservation not stemming erosion of biodiversity, studies say
New research finds conservation work has helped a handful of species survive but has not been broad enough to slow the long-term decline in biodiversity, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 27 (see conservation story).