Notes in the Margins: Obama, freshman politics and benefits of big-time sports

College presidents wary of Obama cost-control plan President Barack Obama’s new plan to force colleges and universities to contain tuition or face losing federal dollars is raising alarm among education leaders who worry about the threat of government overreach. Particularly sharp words came from the presidents of public universities; they’re already frustrated by increasing state budget cuts. (Associated Press via Log Cabin Democrat)

More college freshmen see getting good job as key goal The UCLA survey asks first-year students to select reasons they are pursuing higher education. The 85.9% who cite job concerns is the most in the 40 years the question has been asked. (Los Angeles Times)

Do Big-Time Sports Mean Big-Time Support for Universities? Even if most major athletic programs make little if any net revenue, their benefit to universities’ bottom lines can be quantified in many ways, an economist writes. (The New York Times)

College freshmen move left on key issues The percentage of entering college freshmen who say they are liberal or conservative has not changed much over the past few years, but a growing number of this year’s first-year students describe themselves as middle-of-the-road, an annual survey shows. Yet their answers to several questions on political and social issues showed a leftward shift in their views. (USA Today)

Business Schools Send Students Out of Classrooms M.B.A. programs say their students are ready to handle the responsibility of being in the field. (U.S. News & World Report)