Notes in the Margins: Community colleges, unprepared graduates and student-loan profit

Chinese Dissident Says He’s Being Forced From N.Y.U. Chen Guangcheng, the dissident legal advocate whose escape from house arrest to the American Embassy in Beijing last year provoked a diplomatic crisis, said he was being forced to leaveNew York University over concerns that his activism was harming the university’s relationship with China. (The New York Times)

UK, US launch global university partnership initiative In a new global initiative, America and Britain have joined forces to forge university partnerships with emerging economies. (University World News)

Montana’s investment in 2-year education programs leads nation Montana’s investment in community colleges has created a 6% increase in adult college graduation rates, outpacing the rest of the nation’s less-than-1% increase. (Associated Press via Education Dive)

Government expects to make $50B in student loan profit  According to the Congressional Budget Office’s latest projections, the federal government projects a record $50-billion profit on student loans this year. ExxonMobil made $44.9 billion in 2012, according to published reports, making it the most profitable company in the country. (Detroit Free Press / USA Today via NAICU)

Poll says new college grads aren’t ready for work Almost half of human resource officials polled by a professional organization said this year’s college graduates lack basic English skills in grammar and spelling. Eighteen percent said the grads come up short in math and computation. Thirteen percent faulted the grads’ spoken English, and 10 percent cited a lack of reading comprehension. (The Kansas City Star via University Business)