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July 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
J.K. Rowling received an honorary doctorate Thursday from Aberdeen University for her support of research into multiple sclerosis. Rowling, whose mother, Anne, died of multiple sclerosis in 1990 at age 45, was awarded a doctorate of laws in a ceremony at Aberdeen's Marischal College. Dressed in a dark suit, the creator of the bestselling Harry Potter books smiled to acknowledge the audience's applause as she received the honor. "I am thrilled....
March 21, 2006 | From Reuters
U.S. college graduates are facing the best job market since 2001, with business, computer, engineering, education and healthcare grads in highest demand, a report by an employment consulting firm said Monday. In its annual outlook of entry-level jobs, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said strong job growth and falling unemployment made this spring the hottest job market for America's 1.4 million college graduates since the dot-com collapse in 2001. The firm pointed to a survey by the National Assn.
September 23, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Thursday authorizing California State University campuses to offer doctor of education, or Ed.D., degrees. The law, which gives Cal State campuses their first opportunity to grant doctorates since the university system was formed nearly 50 years ago, is intended to provide training for administrators of the state's public elementary and secondary schools and community colleges.
July 17, 2005 | Andrew Wang, Times Staff Writer
One "e" and 2,500 miles from UC Berkeley, Dennis J. Globosky churned out bogus university degrees from the phony University of Berkley at an office park in Erie, Pa., selling them on the Internet for as much as $5,000, according to Pennsylvania authorities. Now the former New Mexico state trooper, who often referred to himself as "Dr. Dennis Globosky" despite having only a high school education, could face stiff civil penalties from a lawsuit filed recently by Pennsylvania Atty. Gen.
June 26, 2005 | James Flanigan
Suddenly, it seems, the teaching of business needs to learn a lesson. Business schools are in a crisis as applications for masters of business administration degrees are down 20% to 30% at most major universities. Faculties and administrators at 300 business schools nationwide are trying to change their curricula, alter their approaches and lift their enrollments.
May 10, 2005 | From Associated Press
Christopher Reeve will be posthumously awarded an honorary degree at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University's commencement on May 20. Reeve, who starred in four "Superman" films from 1978 to 1987, died Oct. 10 at age 52 of complications from an infection caused by a bedsore. He became a spokesman for spinal-cord injury victims after a 1995 horse riding accident left him a quadriplegic.
March 28, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Black and Asian women with bachelor's degrees earn slightly more than similarly educated white women, and white men with comparable degrees make more than anyone else. A white woman with a bachelor's degree typically earned about $37,800 in 2003, compared with about $43,700 for a college-educated Asian woman and $41,100 for a college-educated black woman, according to data being released today by the Census Bureau. Hispanic women took home $37,600 a year.
March 19, 2005 | Jason Felch, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer announced a $500,000 settlement Friday of a civil suit against a Huntington Park-based adult school accused of giving immigrants bogus high school diplomas after a 10-week course that cost hundreds of dollars.
February 23, 2005 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
Young adult whites, Asian Americans and Latinos born in California have earned bachelor's degrees at moderately lower rates than their counterparts from other states, according to a study being released today. The findings indicate weakness in college achievement among native Californians that is often overlooked because so many people who move to the state hold bachelor's degrees.
December 6, 2004 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
Personal trainers are as ubiquitous as treadmills on the gym landscape, but not all are created equal. With vastly different backgrounds and levels of experience, trainers can be highly skilled fitness professionals or highly paid baby-sitters. But one university hopes to send its graduates into the field with the skills and knowledge to get people into shape safely and sanely -- while successfully managing their careers.
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