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University centers, where several colleges and universities form partnerships to offer courses and degree programs at a single location, are becoming popular as Sun Belt states try to cope with rapidly growing enrollments. Nellie Carr Thorogood, a vice chancellor of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District, was instrumental in starting one of these centers in the Houston suburbs. (See University Center)

Scientists Under Suspicion
Government charges hurt morale at a national nuclear weapons laboratory

The City Colleges of Chicago
"Last Chance U" is also the college of first choice for many citizens of Chicago

News From the Center

Racial Divide
A new national survey explores attitudes toward higher education

University Center
Six universities share a common campus in the Houston suburbs

Other Voices
The Opportunity Gap
Campus diversity and the new economy

A New Admissions Game
Class rankings replace affirmative action

A Mandate for Change
Business and university leaders seek to work together

Acronyms Are Rapidly Gaining Ground
  Brain imaging researcher Michelle Espy finds it
  Brain imaging researcher Michelle Espy finds it "disheartening" that tightened security has slowed hiring at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

THE RESEARCH HERE, in a jumble of laboratories on a high, lonely mesa, has been both famed and feared for 57 years. Today, nearly 12,000 people work on many important unclassified projects, while maintaining the worldâs most formidable stockpile of nuclear weapons.

Work on the weapons and other secret military and intelligence projects takes place in widely scattered, heavily guarded buildings, some of them surrounded by imposing rolls of barbed wire. But in mostly unguarded buildings, from World War II "tempos" to modern multi-story structures, others labor on such matters as new ways to detect brain tumors or combat cholera....(continue)
Mariam Akbarshani takes notes in a Humanities class at Chicago's Harry S. Truman College, where students from 110 different countries are enrolled.  
Mariam Akbarshani takes notes in a Humanities class at Chicago's Harry S. Truman College, where students from 110 different countries are enrolled.  

IMAGINE WALKING into a classroom filled with two dozen students from 15 different countries, several different races and religions, ranging in age from early twenties to senior citizens.

Imagine further that most of them canât write very well -- at least not in English. Whatâs more, most of them work at least part-time. Many of them are parents. Most of them are poor. A couple probably have dropped out of a four-year school or transferred from another community college or technical school, while a couple others may already have earned an advanced degree -- though not necessarily from an English-speaking institution.....(continue)

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