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October 24, 2001

US fees outstrip inflation
For the first time since 1996, tuition fees at public universities in the United States have increased by more than those in the private sector and by nearly three times the inflation rate, according to the annual College Board Survey. It shows that average private-college tuition rose by 5.5 per cent over the past year, the rise in the public sector was an average 7.7 per cent.

ILAs to be axed
Individual learning accounts are to be abolished, the education secretary Estelle Morris will announce today. While the scheme was successful in promoting learning, it was deemed too vulnerable to fraud to continue in its present form, Ms Morris told today’s meeting of the Commons’ education and skills select committee.

Art goes live in Edinburgh
Edinburgh College of Art is to broadcast its open days live on the web tomorrow and Friday. It hopes to attract prospective students by showcasing sculpture and jewellery workshops. The college is working with Camvista, who have provided webcasts for Sky News, British Airways and most recently Madonna.
See: www.eca.ac.uk

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