Notes in the Margins: Elections, higher-ed books and faculty inventions

For-Profit Colleges Hope for Republican Gains in Midterm Elections This week’s election could have an effect on proprietary colleges more immediate than any federal higher-education policy debate. (

Hot Type: Publishers Fight ‘Link Rot’ in Electronic Texts With Special Durable Citations Citations have a way of disappearing on the Internet, but publishers are trying new ways to make them stick. (

Selected New Books on Higher Education A roundup of titles of interest. (

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Universities’ Rights to Own Faculty Inventions Stanford University and a host of other research institutions said a lower-court ruling had created a cloud of doubt over the ownership of thousands of university inventions. (

Opinion: Making the grade is not enough Even with all the University of Minnesota has done to build a sustainable university, we shouldn’t be complacent. There is still more work to do. The University’s Southeast Steam Plant still burns tens of thousands of tons of coal each year heating almost every building on the Minneapolis campus. If our University’s leadership is serious about its commitment to being a sustainability leader, it must wean off of coal power like other Big Ten schools have done. (

Education Dept. Changes Accounting Requirements for Overseas Colleges That Receive Federal Funds The U.S. Education Department has moderated a new reporting requirement for overseas nonprofit colleges that receive federal student aid, raising the threshold at which institutions must submit annual compliance audits in accordance with American accounting principles. Several high-profile foreign institutions, including McGill University and the University of Oxford, opposed the audit requirement as expensive and unnecessary. (

Amid budget cuts and overcrowding at community colleges, for-profit institutions seek a niche Community colleges – typically the country’s cheapest option for higher education – face a new and unlikely rival: the fast-growing industry of for-profit colleges. (

2 Private College Associations Merge The Council of Independent Colleges and the Foundation for Independent Higher Education on Friday announced their merger. The two organizations have historically worked closely together, and had been talking for some time about a possible merger. The council has 600 private liberal arts colleges and universities as members and runs a variety of programs to help them with all parts of their missions. The foundation is a network of state fund-raising associations on behalf of private higher education. (

Dartmouth Changing Fund-raising Tactics After Student Chided For Not Giving New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College is changing its fund-raising tactics after a student was harassed for being the lone holdout in a campaign to raise money for future scholarships. (Huffington Post)