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"There's No Valid Surrogate for Race"
Diligent efforts to mitigate ban on "affirmative action" admissions fail at UC Berkeley and UCLA

Tennessee's Bid for National Academic Prominence
"Blue ribbon" study group faces a formidable task

Higher Education Blooms in Nevada
Improved fotrunes for state's public colleges and universities

An Interview: James B. Hunt,Jr.
Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., of North Carolina and long time supporter of educational reform will serve as Founding Chair of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

Other Voices
Straight Talk About College Costs and Prices?
National CrossTalk asked eight experts to comment on the work of the National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education, which completed its work and published a report earlier this year.

Cost Commission Report Avoids Many Issues
By David W. Breneman

Reflections on the Cost Commission
By Jonathan Brown

"Neither Bold nor Illuminating"
By Ron Cowell

A Crisis in College Costs
By Bill Goodling

Students Were Largely Ignored
By Sarita Gupta

Student Loans Lead to Rising College COsts
By Arthur M. Hauptman

A Fair and Balanced Report
By Stanley O. Ikenberry

Defining Cost and Price
By Lucie Lapovsky
Jennifer Franchot, who teaches American Literature at UC Berkeley, served as liaison between the Berkeley faculty and people reading admissions applications.
FROM THE START, admissions officials at UC Berkeley and UCLA knew the task would be difficult–selecting a freshman class that reflected California’s great diversity while abiding by the UC Board of Regents mandate that there should be no “affirmative action” for African Americans and Latinos.

For months, dozens of application readers on both campuses scoured freshman applications–30,000 at Berkeley, 33,000 at UCLA–searching for students who had overcome personal or social adversity or seemed to possess an extra spark of intellectual talent. They hoped to find enough such students to compensate for the gap between the high school grades and test scores of white and Asian American applicants and those from other racial and ethnic backgrounds. (continue)
Tennesee's Bid for Academic Prominence  
Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist appointed a “Council for Excellence” to solve a political problem and to improve the state’s public higher education systems.
WHEN TENNESSEE Governor Don Sundquist was faced with a political problem involving higher education last year, he reached for a time-honored device–a “blue ribbon” study group.

This one is called the Council for Excellence in Higher Education. It includes prominent business executives, civic leaders, legislators and educators, and it is charged with nothing less than moving Tennessee onto the “short list” of states with high-quality public higher education systems. (continue)

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