Higher ed in the headlines.
by John Lilly, Register Correspondent
Tuesday, Jan 02, 2007 5:15 PM
GLOBE, Dec. 13 — The task force designing a revised curriculum for Harvard
undergrads has dropped its plan to require all students to take a religion
class. In response to criticism from some Harvard professors after the initial
proposal was made in October, the task force replaced the religion component in
the proposed undergrad curriculum with classes on “what it means to be a human
OF NOTRE DAME, Dec. 18 — DirectTV has
inaugurated weekly satellite broadcasts of Mass from the Basilica of the Sacred
Heart at the University of Notre Dame.
The broadcasts will be aired on DirectTV’s Channel 103 at 10 a.m. Sundays (Eastern, Central
and Pacific time zones).
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY, Dec. 20 — Marquette’s College
of Engineering has become
the beneficiary of the most generous gift in the university’s history.
An anonymous engineering alumnus and
his wife have made a gift commitment of more than $25 million.
PRESS, Dec. 20 — A school board in suburban Atlanta has abandoned its
fight to keep stickers in high-school science books saying evolution is “a
theory, not a fact.” The Cobb
County board placed the
stickers inside the front cover of biology books in 2002, but a federal judge
ordered their removal in 2005 saying they amount to an unconstitutional
government endorsement of religion. In the court settlement concluded Dec. 19,
the board also agreed never to use a similar sticker or to undermine the
teaching of evolution in science classes.