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Short-Takes - Med Schools May Cut Salaries; Harvard Student Tied to Theft

By Eva Moy
Contributing Editor

Faced with too many tenured faculty, many medical schools are considering cutting salaries and managing the tenure process differently.

Medical schools, unlike graduate schools, depend on revenue from patient care instead of grant and tuition revenue. Competition from managed-care companies has made their work less profitable.

Medical schools failed to consider the consequences of hiring more and more clinical professors. Now their revenues are stagnating as a result of competition with managed-care companies, but the schools must still pay the high salaries of those tenured clinicians. [Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 16]

Law schools cut enrollment

Law schools across the country are feeling pressure to cut the size of their classes. The pressure stems from declining numbers of applicants (a 16 percent increase over the past four years) and a tough job market: 15.3 percent of graduates were unemployed six months after graduating.

"We are an expensive institution," said Daan Braveman, dean of the Syracuse University law school. "And if we are taking money from students, we want to have some assurance that they will be able to find the jobs they want."

Schools claim they will be able to offer a better faculty-to-student ratio, and they encourage students to look into specialized fields or work with non-profit groups.

Top schools are not yet cutting their class sizes, although they also see declining applications in the future. [Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 16]

Currier house official to be tried

Harvard University junior Natalie J. Szekeres will be arraigned in Middlesex district court this month for allegedly embezzling funds from Harvard's Currier House.

Szekeres, who served on the house's governing committee, is charged with writing $7,550 worth of checks to herself and cashing them at area banks. Harvard police say she is the only suspect. Szekeres is on leave from school and could not be reached for comment. [The Harvard Crimson, Feb. 23]