Notes in the Margins: IDs, British tuition and graduating too quickly

NCAA president Mark Emmert paid at nearly $1.6M per year The NCAA president earned nearly $400,000 in final 3 months of 2010, according to group’s tax return, almost 40% more than his predecessor did in 2008. (USA Today)

The hardest jobs to fill (think plumbers) Reformers who think that students should be studying subjects that will help them fill empty jobs should be pushing for more vocational education in the skilled trades. There has been a big push in recent years to improve education in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — so much so that you might think those are the only sectors in the economy trying to find skilled workers. (The Washington Post)

University Sues Student for Graduating Too Quickly A German-based school presses charges over “income loss.” (U.S. News & World Report)

Fear and Frustration Reign in British Tuition Overhaul The possibility that Britain could follow the example of the United States, where the entry of for-profit schools into the market saw many students take on massive amounts of debt, is causing concern. (The New York Times)

Colleges expand use of student ID cards Universal ID cards do everything from unlocking doors to doubling as debit cards, and schools think they are worth the extra cost. (Associated Press via NAICU)