Notes in the Margins: Kline, soldiers' education and public service jobs

U-Va. Rotunda waits in line for repairs You’d think that the University of Virginia, a “public Ivy,” would easily repair its iconic Rotunda by Thomas Jefferson. But its endowment is largely off-limits for capital projects. And Virginia lawmakers closed their annual session Sunday without budgeting a single dollar toward the $51 million Rotunda renovation. (Washington Post)

More College Graduates Take Public Service Jobs A cohort of young graduates has done good because the economy did them wrong, data show. (The New York Times)

Is The Military Ensuring Quality Education For Soldiers? The Department of Defense has doled out increasing amounts of federal money in recent years to allow active-duty military personnel to pursue college degrees in their spare time. But the Department does not have the proper controls in place to ensure the money is flowing to quality higher education programs, according to a report released Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office. In particular, government investigators noted that the Defense Department has very little oversight of online college programs, even though such courses represented 71 percent of classes taken by service members. (The Huffington Post)

Cutting Tuition: A First Step? This series of essays asks: Is The University of the South’s recent tuition cut an example that other colleges might follow, or it is simply a good strategy for a school in its particular niche: “selective” but needing to stay competitive in a heated market? When is a tuition cut really a cut? What will it take for colleges to control their costs? (The New York Times)

Speakers at House Hearing Assail Regulatory Burden on Colleges Is overregulation undermining the nation’s education system? Colleges certainly think so, and Congressional Republicans say they want to find out. On Tuesday the House education committee held the first in what it says will be a series of hearings on the regulatory burden on colleges and schools. In an opening statement, Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, the panel’s chairman, promised to root out rules that “hinder job creation and economic growth.” (Chronicle of Higher Education)