Notes in the Margins: Health insurance, stealing and the GAO

Scientists Fault Universities as Favoring Research Over Teaching Universities are aggressively seeking federal dollars to build bigger and fancier laboratory facilities, and are not paying an equal amount of attention to teaching and nurturing the students who would fill them, scientists say in the articles. (

At Many Colleges, No Health Insurance Means No Playing Time Faced with rapidly escalating insurance premiums, many Division I programs now require athletes to show proof of coverage under a primary health-insurance plan before they are allowed to compete. By coordinating the athletic department’s secondary insurance with those primary plans, officials said during a panel discussion on health-care costs at the NCAA’s annual meeting here, programs can keep insurance costs in check. (

Va. high court uphold college gun ban George Mason University’s prohibition against guns in campus buildings and at sports and entertainment events does not violate the state or U.S. constitutions, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday. (

California college fire program director suspected of stealing $500,000 from students Deputies suspect Jerry Dewayne Austin used a fake bank account to steal $500,000 from students — by overcharging students for classes and taking the extra money. (Daily Bulletin)

Gunning for the GAO A for-profit advocacy group is continuing its attack on the U.S. Government Accountability Office, releasing a report today that accuses Congress’s investigative arm of manipulating data and misstating facts in its highly critical review of for-profit colleges last summer. (Inside Higher Ed)

Universities Are Pressed to Monitor Their Own Financial Conflicts American universities, while increasingly guarding against financial conflicts of interest among their faculty and staff members, usually don’t have policies to prevent their own institutional conflicts of interest in scientific research. (