Notes in the Margins: Sandusky, Obamacare and college startups

2013 looks promising for college startups Many factors that weigh on a college startup’s chances and a recent nationwide business survey reveals that confidence might actually be the key. (USA Today)

Online college courses to grant credentials, for a fee Providers of free online college courses are experimenting with academic security measures that will enable students who successfully complete the courses to obtain credentials, for a small fee, that convey some of the cachet of a premier university. (The Washington Post)

Online Course Enrollment Climbs for 10th Straight Year A new study finds that online education continues to grow despite declining faculty support. (U.S. News & World Report)

Nearly $26 million spent so far by Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal The total would not include the first of five $12 million annual installments paid last month to cover the $60 million fine as part of the NCAA’s landmark sanctions on the school for the scandal. Gov. Tom Corbett last week filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to have the NCAA penalties thrown out. (Associated Press via Education Dive)

Judge Dismisses Colorado Christian University’s Challenge Of Obamacare The health care law requires coverage of certain preventive services, including birth control. The university in Lakewood filed a lawsuit in 2011 that said its religious beliefs kept it from providing coverage for emergency contraceptives. (Associated Press via NAICU)