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Today in academia: a SAT cheating scandal gets worse, a decent deal for students of an easy-A professor, medical schools struggling to train doctors in LGBT issues, and Cal State tuition might get hiked.

  • An SAT cheating scandal that just seems to get bigger. A cheating scandal that started (in the news, at least) with an Emory college student being arrested for allegedly taking SAT's for a number of high-school students at $1,500 to $2,500 a pop in Long Island grew today: "It has widened to more than 35 people from five schools, two public and three private, said a person briefed on the inquiry," The New York Times reported, adding that ACT tests may be included in the cheating also. The Times article didn't say exactly how many other test-takers were involved in the cheating scandal. The paper does, however, quote a spokesperson from the Nassau County district attorney’s office saying that "Additional arrests will include both those who paid others to take the test for them and those who created fake IDs and were paid to take the test for others." [The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal]
  • Students of an easy-A professor seem to have gotten a decent deal. When we noted the story of a professor at George Washington University Medical school who didn't go to class but still gave out 'A' grades to her students anyway (a few of which who complained, leading to her resignation), there wasn't much more information given. Now we know something else important: the GWU officials have said that, yes, the professor didn't actually go to some assigned classes--and students "who received A's for two courses that were never taught will get their money back, but they'll still get to keep the academic credit," reported the Chronicle of Higher Education. Which seems like an OK trade-off for the students--if you don't count the fact that they didn't learn much in class. [Chronicle of Higher Education]
  • Prospective students looking at Cal State schools: your tuition may be $498 higher next year. Which is no small amount for schools that yearly cost $5,472, The Los Angeles Times reports. Cal State schools "could see tuition rise 9% next fall unless the state boosts funding to cover enrollment growth, urgent maintenance." Because, you know, there's a bit of a budget problem in California right now, so the costs may get passed along to students (or parents) again: "The likelihood of the university receiving its full request appears slim." [Los Angeles Times]
  • Medical schools may not be doing much to educate doctors on LGBT issues.  The New York Times Well blog, reporting anecdotally and from a new study, finds that many medical schools aren't training prospective doctors very well on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered issues. The Times reports from a recent study that surveyed medical schools: "While nearly all the students were learning to ask patients about the gender of their sexual partners, a majority of medical schools devoted only five hours to teaching anything more than that simple question. Fully one-third of schools allotted no time at all." [The New York Times Well blog]
  • Man who faked his way to Harvard, and was caught, chooses to fake his resume, and was caught. As the Associated Press reported, Adam Wheeler--who once "got into Harvard by falsely claiming that he had attended the exclusive Phillips Academy prep school in Andover" and was prosecuted--was caught again faking his resume to say that he went to Harvard, which violated his probation. [Associated Press]

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