Notes in the Margins: Teachers, foreign students and LGBT health

UW System should give more power to campuses to compensate for budget cuts Among the proposed changes in a UW system committee report: UW System administration would no longer review academic programs for quality assurance — relying instead on campus-level reviews and accrediting bodies. UW System would still ensure programs aren’t duplicative. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Are stocks the best option when saving for college? Students enrolling in college in 2010 are looking at a price tag of $33,300 for four years at a public university. (USA Today)

Do ‘top’ college graduates really make better teachers? In order to answer that question, we need to have some idea of whom we’re pursuing. Who are these “top” candidates, and what do they want? I sometimes worry that our conception of this group — in terms of the “top third” and similar constructions — doesn’t quite square with the evidence, and that this misconception might actually be misguiding rather than focusing our policy discussions. (The Washington Post)

Are Med Schools Ignoring LGBT Health? According to a new survey of medical school deans in the U.S. and Canada, schools spent a median of just five hours teaching LGBT-related health content. Some 33 percent provided no LGBT-related instruction during students’ clinical years, which is when students receive the most hands-on training, and nearly 4 percent of schools reported not covering LGBT health at all. (The Huffington Post)

U.S. colleges seek foreign students for intellectual stimulus, bottom line University of Virginia’s Chinese students have “off-the-charts” test scores. Foreign students pay out-of-state tuition, which is $36,788 for U-Va. undergraduates this year, bringing more cash to the university at a time when state funds cover less and less of its overall budget. They don’t qualify for government aid and usually do not need financial help from universities. (The Washington Post)