Notes in the Margins: Disabilities, social-media recruiting and free online books

Watch That Tweet! N.C.A.A., Colleges Wrestle With Social Media Recruiting Rules If a college sports fan makes a plea for a player via Facebook or Twitter, does that constitute a violation of N.C.A.A. rules? (The New York Times)

California Bill Pushes for Free Online College Books At a time when rising tuition costs are compelling students to reconsider buying college texts or even rethink the value of a college degree, the California State Legislature is pushing for colleges to use open education resources in the form of free online textbooks instead of print books as a means of saving students money. (MindShift)

College applicants look past scandal at Penn State So far, the harrowing news of the child molestation scandal hasn’t dented student interest in applying there. But the university was worried enough to send applicants a letter from the new president emphasizing its strengths and expressing hope they remained interested in attending. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Where the World’s Best Universities Are There is one critical area where the United States holds sway: America is home to nearly one-third of the 400 best research universities in the world, according to the 2011 World University Rankings by Times Higher Education. The U.K. is a distant second with 52 (12.9 percent), less than half the American total, followed by Germany with 22 (5.5 percent), Australia with 21 (5.2 percent), and Canada with 18 (4.5 percent). (The Atlantic)

More Students With Disabilities Heading to College College programs for the disabled have grown in number from about 15 in 2002 to almost 170 now, The growth is due in part to changes in federal law that have increased the expectations of such students in elementary and secondary school. (Education Week)