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Study Demonstrates the Popularity of Sexting; For-Profit Colleges Strike Back Against Regulations

Misleading Standardized Tests? An independent analysis of results in Ohio has concluded that two of the ACT’s four subject tests, Reading and Science, do not effectively predict college success and should therefore be ingored by admissions officers. According to the report, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the other two subjects, Math and English, predict success much more accurately. ACT Inc. challenged the study's conclusions, claiming that the composite score is still an effective indicator of college success and that each subject area plays a role in revealing the strengths and weakness of each student. [Washington Post]

Naughty Text Messages. Students who have sexted are more common than those who haven't, researchers from the University of Rhode Island found. Two assistant professors surveyed a group of 204 college students and found that 56 percent had received naughty images and 78 percent had received suggestive messages. With the new sexting laws in place in Rhode Island, it could mean that more than half of those students could be "status offenders" if they were caught. "While it is important to protect minors and help them recognize the short- and long-term implications of sending sexually explicit images, opening them up to something as serious as potential child pornography charges may not be the most effective course of action," one of the professors said. [International Business Times]

Evangelical Political Correctness. Campus Crusade for Christ, a ministry founded by the evangelist Bill Bright, is changing its name because the word “crusade” has negative associations with the bloody Christian conquests of the 11th to 13th centuries. The new name, “Cru,” is already used by many of the group’s members and will go into full circulation in early 2012. When the group was founded in 1951, it was common for American evangelists to refer to their ministries as crusades. But missionaries working internationally say they now find that the term often causes offense, especially to Muslims. [New York Times]

For-Profit Colleges Strike Back. More than a month after the Obama administration issued weaker-than-expected regulations aimed at reining in abuses at some for-profit colleges, a trade association for the industry filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to strike down the new rules governing excessive student debt. The lawsuit from the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities calls out the Obama administration’s Department of Education for writing “fatally flawed” regulations that will result in “massive disincentives on private sector schools that currently seek to educate low-income, minority, and other traditionally underserved student populations.” A spokesman for the association said he was unable to comment on why the lawsuit was filed despite how weak the regulations were (so weak, in fact, that for-profit college stocks soared as soon as they were passed). [Huffington Post]

Henry Taksier [@HenryTaksier] is a former editorial intern at Campus Progress and an editorial board member of The Fine Print, a progressive publication at the University of Florida. 

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