Notes in the Margins: Granny, veterans and research vs. teaching

Vets go from combat to campus As returning veterans struggle to make the transition from military to civilian life on campuses with younger students without their kind of life experience, colleges and universities are increasingly developing programs to address their needs. (USA Today)

Universities step up pitches to admitted students as acceptance date nears Fueled in part by recession-linked money worries, colleges are trying harder than ever to close enrollment deals with students who applied to many more schools than did previous generations. The commitment deadline is May 1. (Lost Angeles Times)

It’s not just helicopter parents — grandparents want to check out campus life, too When Marymount University hosts open houses for prospective students, the director of admissions sometimes finds himself entertaining grandparents who aren’t up for a walking tour of campus. (The Washington Post)

The tuition savings gamble By pushing “529” college savings plans, states have not only shifted the cost of college to parents, they’ve also burdened them with significant risks. (The Boston Globe)

Columbia Prof: Separate Research and Teaching in Graduate Education Imagine a “primitive” culture that prepares its shamans to explore its ancient mysteries and understand its current problems, but then puts them to work minding its young — and there you have a reasonably fair description of the current state of graduate education in America. (The Huffington Post)