Notes in the Margins: Cuba, Boomers and the pepper-spray chancellor

Katehi confronted by pepper-spray victim at Capitol After nearly four hours of a staid legislative hearing over recent confrontations between campus police and university students, UC-Davis Chancellor Linda P. B. Katehi today found herself face to face with a 24-year-old victim of last month’s pepper spray incident who demanded to know why Katehi had been ducking her requests to meet for the past month. (Sacramento Bee via University Business)

The Graduation Gap Bowl It is the academic version of pro football’s “two-minute warning.’’ The National Collegiate Athletic Association has a coming ban on postseason play for teams with low graduation rates. It will start in the 2012-13 season for teams that do not graduate at least around 46 percent of their players. The cut-off will rise to 50 percent two years later. (The Boston Globe)

Tulane, Cuban officials reinstating program for study in Havana Tulane University students who are curious about Cuba will get the chance to earn six credits during a four-week program that will resume next summer at the University of Havana. The program had been offered from 1999 until 2004, when President George W. Bush restricted academic access to the island, which has been the object of a U.S. embargo for more than a half-century. (The Times-Picayune via University Business)

Boomers heading back to community colleges A growing number of community colleges nationwide are taking special steps to attract and accommodate students who are 50 and older. (USA Today)

In digital era, lectures and textbooks are secondary In a world dominated by social networks such as Twitter and Facebook, mobile phones that never stop ringing or texting, a significant challenge faced by higher education is to prepare students to cope with information overload. In order to provide a more useful and relevant education, we need to recast the role of an educator as an information curator. (The Washington Post)