Notes in the Margins: Handguns, commercial training and severed ties with the state

U-Va. should break some ties with state, panel says in preliminary report A University of Virginia panel has proposed that the institution break many of its ties with the state government and operate more like a private school.Such an arrangement would allow Virginia’s flagship public school the freedom to more easily increase tuition and accept more top-tier students from across the country and the world. (The Washington Post)

DeVry Lures Medical School Rejects as Taxpayers Fund Debt DeVry, which has two for-profit medical schools in the Caribbean, is accepting hundreds of students who were rejected by U.S. medical colleges. These students amass more debt than their U.S. counterparts — a median of $253,072in June 2012 at AUC versus $170,000 for 2012 graduates of U.S. medical schools. (Bloomberg)

Middle East unrest puts study abroad programs on edge Many of the countries that are currently on the travel warning list are in the Middle East — which, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the destination for only 1.8% of the more than 270,000 U.S. students who study abroad every year. (USA Today)

Vocational Training From a Label Near You Many college graduates (and some dropouts) are adding to their formal educations with vocational training offered by commercial brands. (The New York Times)

Concealed carry handguns should not be on college campuses, students say Concealed handguns should not be allowed on college campuses, according to a study of more than 1,600 students at public colleges in the Midwest. And they would not feel safer if students and faculty carried weapons. (The Plain Dealer via University Business)