Notes in the Margins: Employee loans, luxury digs and academic doping

Sen. Schumer seeks crackdown on “academic doping” Sen. Charles Schumer of New York said up to 35 percent of all college kids report using stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin as a study tool. He wants colleges to come back from summer break with a plan on how to deal with abuse of the prescription ADHD pills. (CBS News via University Business)

The A-Z Dictionary of Educational Twitter Hashtags Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense. (Edudemic)

N.Y.U. Gives Its Stars Loans for Summer Homes Assistance for vacation properties is all but unheard-of in higher education, but New York University has given it to a number of executives and faculty members. (The New York Times)

University programs that train U.S. teachers get mediocre marks in first-ever ratings The vast majority of the 1,430 education programs that prepare the nation’s K-12 teachers are mediocre, according to a first-ever ranking that immediately touched off a firestorm. (The Washington Post)

In Student Housing, Luxuries Overshadow Studying As private housing developers try harder than ever to outdo the amenities that their competitors offer in college towns, concern is growing about the academic and social consequences of upscale off-campus student housing. (The New York Times via NAICU)