Notes in the Margins: Tenure, electric cars and a killer's suspension

College releases AZ suspect’s suspension records The community college that the Tucson shooting rampage suspect had attended released records Tuesday detailing a meeting over his suspension from the school just three months before the attack. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

Vocationalism, Academic Freedom and Tenure The author of a recently published book takes the standard rationale for academic freedom seriously and then argue that the ascendancy of vocationalism, in combination with other factors she names, undermines that rationale and leaves very few college teachers in need of, or deserving of, academic freedom. (The New York Times)

LSU, Entergy promoting electric car use Louisiana State University and Entergy Corp. officials are encouraging energy-efficient electric cars, installing two new vehicle chargers on the university’s Baton Rouge campus. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

UW System plan could raise tuition 5.5% If the Board of Regents approves the plan Thursday, it would mark the fifth straight year that base tuition has increased by that percentage at the system’s 13 four-year schools. UW System President Kevin Reilly also proposed a 5.5 percent tuition hike for the system’s 13 two-year colleges, the first tuition increase there in five years. (Associated Press via Wisconsin State Journal)

Spread of e-learning could get costly A new federal rule that will force universities to get approval from each state where they enroll students online might affect who can sign up for University of Missouri e-courses in the future. That’s because some states are charging out-of-state institutions as much as $25,000 per academic program or $2,500 per student to offer distance education to residents. (Columbia Daily Tribune via University Business)