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Subject: 11/20/2003 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Thursday, November 20.
* COMMUNITY-COLLEGE STUDENTS ask questions often in class, but
most of them study for fewer than 21 hours a week and they
are most dissatisfied with student services like career
counseling and job placement, according to results from the
latest Community College Survey of Student Engagement. A
report on the survey was released on Wednesday.
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK'S CHRONICLE
EURO-PINCHING: American students at colleges in Europe are
discovering that prices for rent, food, and most everything else
are much higher than back home.
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CHOOSING CHINA: More and more American students are crossing the
Pacific, rather than the Atlantic, for study-abroad experiences.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v50/i13/13a03402.htm
MAGAZINES & JOURNALS
A glance at the fall issue of "Dissent":
The trouble with welfare reform
On paper, welfare reform has been a tremendous success. Since
1996, the number of people on welfare in the United States has
dropped to 5 million from 12 million, and most of those who have
left now have jobs, writes Sharon Hays, a professor of sociology
and women's studies at the University of Virginia.
But statistics are one thing and reality is another. While
welfare reform has encouraged many people to provide for
themselves, some of its restrictions are unfair and put
recipients in extremely difficult positions, according to Ms.
Hays. "The problem," she writes, "is that there is a wide gap
between the more worthy goals behind reform and the ground-level
realities I found in the welfare office."
Ms. Hays interviewed nearly 200 people, including welfare
mothers and case workers, and came to the conclusion that the
poorest "are in worse shape now than they would have been" had
welfare reform never been enacted.
In her article, Ms. Hays tells the stories of several women who
have been hurt by reform -- the type of stories, she says, that
have been mostly ignored by the mainstream news media. Ms. Hays
wonders what that says "about our collective willingness to
support the nation's most disadvantaged."
The article is not online. More information about the magazine
can be found on its Web site, at http://www.dissentmagazine.org
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