Notes in the Margins: Ayn Rand, enrollment and a whistleblower

Donors Make ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Required Reading And Other Gifts With Strings Attached Some 60 schools, including at least four campuses of the University of North Carolina, began teaching Rand’s book after getting the foundation money. Faculty at several schools that have accepted Allison’s terms are protesting, saying donors shouldn’t have the power to set the curriculum to pursue their political agendas. (Bloomberg via The Huffington Post)

Private colleges try to round out fall’s enrollment into summer Many private colleges without billion-dollar endowments or 40,000 applicants see the start of May as a shift to a new stage of filling out the fall class. They’re not only trying to persuade those they have admitted to enroll, but are actively seeking new applicants now — for this coming fall. (USA Today)

NDSU president asks for 8.8 percent tuition increase NDSU is the only campus asking for a tuition increase greater than the 2.5 percent cap recommended by Chancellor Bill Goetz. (The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead)

Imagining a Harvard-Yale Merger Peering into her crystal ball, a writer imagines the two Ivies’ continuing to reject almost all who apply, but with tuition too high for anyone to come. (The New York Times)

Ave Maria College Violated Law When Firing Whistleblower, Jury Finds A Washtenaw County jury on Wednesday awarded almost $418,000 to a former Ave Maria College administrator who sued the school for firing her in retaliation for cooperating with a federal investigation that found financial aid violations. (The Detroit News via University Business)