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ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
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Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
for Tuesday, February 8.
BUSH'S BUDGET FOR 2006
President Bush on Monday proposed a federal budget of just under
$2.6-trillion for the 2006 fiscal year. In it, he called for
eliminating 150 nonmilitary government programs, including 48 in
the Department of Education alone. Here is how the plan would
affect higher education:
* STUDENT AID: The plan calls on Congress to raise the maximum
Pell Grant by $500 over the next five years and to increase
the amount that students in their first two years of college
can borrow from federal loan programs. Mr. Bush would pay for
those changes, in part, by eliminating the Perkins loan
program and several popular programs that help prepare
low-income students for college.
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* SCIENCE PROGRAMS: The president's budget would provide
minimal increases for the National Institutes of Health and
the National Science Foundation and cuts for several other
agencies that provide most of the federal funds for research
in the physical sciences and engineering. Spending for basic
research overall would fall by 1 percent.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005020802n.htm
* NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: The agency would see an
increase of just 0.7 percent, to $28.85-billion. As a result,
the number of competitively awarded research grants would
level off, and the agency would provide no inflationary
increases for continuing research grants.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005020803n.htm
* NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: The agency would receive
$5.61-billion, a 2.4-percent increase over the current fiscal
year, and the largest dollar increase -- $113-million --
would go to research. But the agency's education programs
face a sharp cut, of $104-million.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005020804n.htm
* CULTURAL ENDOWMENTS: The proposal seeks $122-million for the
National Endowment for the Arts and $138-million for the
National Endowment for the Humanities, the same amounts as
in the current fiscal year.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005020805n.htm
* A TABLE shows details of the portions of President Bush's
proposal that affect higher education.
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* NASA: The space agency would receive an increase of nearly
2.5 percent, but the plan's lack of money for repairing the
Hubble Space Telescope could spell trouble in Congress. Some
academics also worry that the agency's focus on the moon and
Mars comes at too great a cost.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005020806n.htm
* DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY: Spending on science research would
decrease by $137-million, or 3.8-percent, to $3.46-billion.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005020807n.htm
* DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: Federal funds for universities'
traditional agricultural research and extension programs
would be cut by 12 percent, but spending by the National
Research Initiative, the government's main competitive-
grants program for agriculture research, would increase.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005020808n.htm
* AMERICORPS: The national-service program would receive
slightly less money next year -- $421-million, a decrease of
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005020809n.htm
* DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Spending on basic research would drop
to $1.32-billion, a decline of $195-million, or 12.9 percent.
--> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2005/02/2005020810n.htm
TEACHING THE TEACHERS: Five new books offer advice on subjects
great and small, including what to wear in the classroom and how
not to behave like an idiot in front of the students. Join us on
Thursday in Colloquy for a live discussion of the issues raised
in this article.
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