Notes in the Margins: Hamburger U, naval spice and out-of-state tuition

Getting Into Harvard Easier Than McDonald’s University in China It has a selection rate of less than 1 percent, lower than Harvard University’s record low acceptance rate last year of about 7 percent. (Bloomberg)

Kaler eyes U from behind the scenes The University’s next president is making quiet monthly visits to the school this spring. (Minnesota Daily)

Endowments Regain Ground With 12% Returns A surging stock market helped produce an average return of almost 12 percent among college endowments in the 2010 fiscal year, partly reversing historic losses the year before, according to an annual survey released today. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Consumer and Minority Groups Urge Tough Rule on For-Profit Colleges A broad coalition of student, consumer and minority groups on Wednesday exhorted President Obama to issue a “strong and enforceable” rule aimed at ensuring that vocational programs prepare their students for “gainful employment.” (Inside Higher Ed)

Naval Academy expels 7 in ‘spice’ case Seven midshipmen have been expelled from the U.S. Naval Academy for possessing or using “spice,” a relatively new recreational drug that has yet to take hold on most other college campuses. (Washington Post)

Stressed, Yet Hopeful As incoming college freshmen are reporting record highs in academic ability and drive to achieve, they are simultaneously reporting record-low states of emotional health. (Inside Higher Ed)

Bills target out-of-state students: Bismarck lawmaker says ND is wrongly subsidizing tuition for nonresidents House Bill 1445 would require colleges and universities to return to the general fund state dollars spent on nonresident students. House Bill 1444 would require nonresident students to pay a minimum tuition amount covering the average cost of education. (The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead)