Notes in the Margins: China, tours and coaches' salaries

Summer College Tours Withstand High Gas and Airline Prices Families continue to dig a little deeper to get a first-hand glimpse of college campuses. (The New York Times via University Business)

NCAA reform should begin with coaches’ salaries University records released this week show the former Buckeyes coach pocketed a whopping $21.7 million during his decade-long tenure at Ohio State, where the checkbook was always open as long as Tressel kept beating Michigan. The perks were almost as good as his salary, with private jets just a phone call away, luxury cars for the asking, and, of course, the obligatory country club memberships. (Associated Press via The Boston Globe)

China Banning U.S. Professors Elicits Silence From Colleges Employing Them Restrictions on academic freedom may become an increasing pitfall as U.S. colleges expand their ties with China, according to administrators involved in joint programs. (Bloomberg via NAICU)

Clemson University to start merit-pay system Clemson University professors could get raises of up to 6 percent this fall under the college’s new compensation system based solely on performance. Tenure and length of service will play no role in the decisions. The average raise will be 2.5 percent, while one-time bonuses of several thousand dollars are also possible. (Associated Press via Canadian Business)

6 UND Indian students file federal lawsuit over Fighting Sioux nickname The complaint alleges that a new law requiring the school to keep the nickname violates the state constitution and reverses a court-ordered settlement between UND and the NCAA that retired the logo. The students want a court order directing the state Board of Higher education and UND to drop it for good.The suit came one day before state officials are scheduled to meet with NCAA officials about the moniker. (Associated Press via Grand Forks Herald)