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January 22, 2001

Nigeria puts squeeze on universities
Nigeria's government has given universities 60 days from today to shut down satellite campuses and outreach centres in line with a directive issued last November to regulate the sector. Vice-chancellors who fail to comply face dismissal while their university risks lost funding and de-recognition of all certificates.

US freshmen getting brighter
A survey of first-year students for the American Council on Education shows they are getting higher grades than past generations but are studying less. In the study of 269,413 students at 434 colleges and universities, only 36 per cent of incoming freshmen spent six or more hours a week doing homework at high school yet nearly 43 per cent said they had A-grade averages, up from 42.7 per cent in 1999 and 18 per cent in 1968.


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