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Faculty, Staff Strike At British Colleges

By Shang-Lin Chuang and Jennifer Lane
Staff Reporters

About 100,000 faculty and staff members at British universities refused to work on Tuesday, effectively shutting down many higher-education institutions.

Several universities in England were affected, including Glasgow University in Scotland, Queen's University in Northern Ireland, and the University of Wales.

About 600 people rallied in support of the strikers at the University of Oxford.

Eight different unions representing the university employees organized the walkout to protest this year's meager employee pay raise of 1.5 percent, which is less that Britain's current 2.1 percent inflation rate.

[The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 20]

Cornell offers non need-based aid

Cornell will offer its new non need-based financial aid Research Scholars Program to 75 students in the class of 2001, breaking with other Ivy League admissions policies.

Cornell has always considered scholastic potentials as one of the criteria for the granting of financial aid packages, said Dean of Admissions and financial Aid Don A. Saleh.

The program does not constitute merit-based aid but only an incentive package, Saleh said.

Harvard University, another Ivy League school, has offered very limited merit incentives for students on financial aid, but has discontinued the practice four years ago, said Harvard's Dean of Admissions William R. Fitzsimmons. All of Harvard's student aid is now based on financial need.

The students chosen for this program will be offered the opportunity to conduct paid research with professors.

A special committee will choose 75 of the most talented students once they passed admissions without consideration to their financial status, Saleh said.

[The Harvard Crimson, Nov. 8]

Rice promotes diverse experiences

Rice University is currently reviewing a report recommending steps to promote international experiences for students.

Currently Rice students only have access to international perspectives through work/study programs abroad, or personal contact with international students and faculty members.

In order to make international experiences more attractive and conducive to a student's schedule, Rice will look to enhance its language program and advertise overseas experiences more thoroughly and attractively.

One long-term goal is to bring more international students and faculty to the campus. A program to recruit at Latin American high schools whose students apply to U.S. universities is also under review by Rice administrators.

It is hoped that these measures will bring diversity to Rice campus that students may not experience abroad.

[The Thresher, Nov. 15]