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National CrossTalk Fall 1999
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FORMER NORTH CAROLINA Governor Jim Hunt, chairman of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education’s Board of Directors, displays a copy of the Center’s recently published 50-state higher education “report card,” titled “Measuring Up 2000.” (See Special Supplement .)

Virginia B. Smith Award
M. Susana Navarro, executive director of the El Paso Collaborative for Academic Excellence, has received the Virginia B. Smith Innovative Leadership Award for the year 2000.

Muskingum College’s Gutsy Move
Slashing tuition five years ago reversed a chronic enrollment decline

“Co-Location” Experiment
Ten-year-old university branch and a new community college share a campus

DeVry Institutes of Technology
A 70-year-long roller coaster ride continues

Other Voices
The Dark Side of Merit Aid
Funding for merit programs has greatly expanded, often at the expense of need-based financial aid

Measuring Up 2000 and Beyond

  Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, near Scottsdale, Arizona, houses a school, a community and a commercial architectural practice.
By Kathy Witkowsky
Scottsdale, Arizona

On a chill and clear desert morning at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's renowned Arizona landmark, several tour groups meandered through the main building, as they do every day, learning about Wright's "destruction of the box" through cantilevers and open floor plans. Meanwhile, a small group of students at Wright's namesake school of architecture there were getting a literal lesson in destruction. Using shovels and pickaxes, they demolished the roof of a small outbuilding, chipping through the light concrete and foam insulation, then tossing the debris over the rooftop, where it piled up near a large saguaro cactus.
Environmentalists Lydia Miller and Steve Burke threaten litigation if University of California officials do not obey state and federal laws in locating the new campus.  
By William Trombley and Carl Irving

Try not to mention the word "shrimp" when talking to University of California officials about their proposed new campus near this small agricultural city at the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley.

The 2000-acre campus site selected by the UC Board of Regents is filled with "vernal pools"-small pockets of water that form after the winter rains in most years and that contain, for a few weeks, a wide variety of aquatic plants and organisms.

Three of these creatures are forms of tiny fairy shrimp, the largest only about an inch long, that have been listed as endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That means the university must go through a lengthy permitting process, involving Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency and at least two state agencies, before any building can begin.

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