Notes in the Margins: Wisconsin, the Pell Grant and corporate values

Schools tout efforts to keep tuition in check As colleges and universities begin setting tuition for the upcoming academic year, a few schools are touting their efforts to keep costs down. (USA Today)

Lindsay McCluskey: The Continuing Resolution Devastates College Opportunities for Young People The cuts worsen the closer one examines them. HR 1 slashes the Pell Grant, which over nine million low-income students use to attend college, by 15 percent. This cut means a reduction in the maximum award amount, which is administered to the students most in need of financial assistance, by $845, bringing their financial aid down from $5,550 to $4,705. (The Huffington Post)

Leadership divided over possible University of Wisconsin System split Some top Wisconsin university officials fear that if UW-Madison splits from the rest of the University of Wisconsin System it will result in unnecessary duplications, competition for limited resources and skyrocketing tuition. (Wisconsin State Journal)

Kean University requires faculty members to document the hours they work In addition to teaching classes, advising students and doing research, Kean University professors have a new task this semester: Filling out time cards. (The Star-Ledger)

“Lowering Higher Education” With colleges under intense pressure to find new sources of revenue, many are applying business ideas or creating closer ties to corporations. In their new book, Lowering Higher Education: The Rise of Corporate Universities and the Fall of Liberal Education (University of Toronto Press), James E. Côté and Anton L. Allahar call on colleges to step back and consider whether these trends result in the sacrifice of important academic values. (Inside Higher Ed)