Notes in the Margins: Beer, food and the decline of California higher-ed

College budget cutbacks go outside the box When students and professors return to budget-slashing colleges this fall, they might notice things missing, such as limitless piles of food on their plates, land-line phones and trash pickup. (USA Today)

Standing Sentry at the Next Gate Listening for the ways in which undergraduate and graduate school admissions officers are speaking the same language. (The New York Times)

California’s college system in decline, study finds The state no longer is a leader in such areas as affordability, preparation of high school graduates and college-going rates, according to researchers at Cal State Sacramento. (Los Angeles Times)

Training of Teachers Is Flawed, Study Says The National Council on Teacher Quality, an advocacy group, is to issue a study on Thursday reporting that most student-teaching programs are seriously flawed. The group has already angered the nation’s schools for teachers with its plans to give them letter grades that would appear in U.S. News and World Report. (The New York Times)

LSU-branded beer to be sold by Baton Rouge brewery Louisiana’s flagship university is collaborating with a microbrewery to launch its own beer, with sales planned to start during the fall football season. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)