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Volume 34 Issue 16

Starting salaries in 4 Pitt pay grades are lower than recommended minimum living wage >

April 18th, 2002

Minimum salaries in at least four of the University's 12 staff pay grades fall below the recommended living wage for Allegheny County workers, as set by Pitt's own University Center for Social and Urban Research. A 1997 study led by UCSUR research associate Ralph Bangs set recommended minimum living wages for county workers, based on […]

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Region's 1st Huntington's clinic established >

April 18th, 2002

Pitt has established the region's first Huntington's disease (HD) Clinic. The clinic will offer genetic testing and counseling and conduct research on the disease that affects 30,000 Americans, with as many as 1,500 western Pennsylvanians considered at risk for developing the disease. A fatal, degenerative brain disorder that primarily strikes men and women between the […]

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University schools, programs listed in recent U.S. News rankings >

April 18th, 2002

Pitt was included among the nation's top graduate schools in several disciplines and subspecialties in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of America's best graduate schools. Each year, the magazine measures grad programs in five major disciplines (business, education, engineering, law and medicine), using measures such as entering students' test scores and faculty/student ratios […]

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ELI accredited for 5 years >

April 18th, 2002

Pitt's English Language Institute (ELI) was recently accredited for five years by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. National accreditation of intensive English as a second language programs is new in the United States, and Pitt's English Language Institute is among the first 30 such programs to be accredited. ELI is part of the […]

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Grade INFLATION: Does Pitt have the problem other schools do? >

April 18th, 2002

"There has been a steady increase in high grades (A's and B's) over the past eight years at the University of Pittsburgh and at most universities in the United States….High grades should be used only to symbolize outstanding academic achievement and not to reward students for satisfactory work or to compensate for a variety of […]

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Voter registration deadline nears >

April 18th, 2002

April 22 at 5 p.m. is the deadline for voter registration for the Pennsylvania primary. The election will be held May 21. Candidates for the following offices will be on the ballot: governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania state senators in even-numbered districts and state representatives. Eligible voters not registered, whose legal name […]

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Grade INFLATION: AAAS study finds evidence of inflated grades nationwide >

April 18th, 2002

Are college students smarter than they used to be, or are A's and B's just easier to get these days? It's the latter, according to national study. A report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) offers clear evidence of grade inflation — defined as an upward shift in grade-point averages without a […]

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CLC offers 2 new programs >

April 18th, 2002

The College of General Studies' Computer Learning Center (CLC) is offering two new certificate programs in database development and business software usage. In addition, the center has become an approved education provider under Pennsylvania Act 48, which requires an educator to set aside 180 hours for professional development activities every five years in order to […]

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Grade INFLATION: Harvard study details its own rising grade problem >

April 18th, 2002

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences study said that grade inflation appeared most noticeably at Ivy League institutions, particularly Harvard. A study of undergraduate grades at Harvard, released last November by that university's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, showed that almost half of all grades were A or A-minus. The report details 16 years […]

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OBITUARY: John K. Hall II >

April 18th, 2002

A campus memorial service was held this week for John K. Hall II, a lecturer in the Department of Psychology, who died April 2, 2002, at his parents' home in Elizabeth, Pa. He was 37. Hall was teaching three courses this semester — Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology — to […]

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