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Earl Gregg Swem Library

For-Profit Colleges: Undercover Testing Finds Colleges Encouraged Fraud and Engaged in Deceptive and Questionable Marketing Practices

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education-Higher

Reveals that for-profit college representatives engaged in fraudulent practices to encourage students to enroll in their programs and apply for federal assistance.  From the Government Accountability Office.

Vital Signs: State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults: United States, 2009

Categories: Elderly,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Statistics

Self-reported obesity overall in the U.S. was 26.7% but the level varied greatly by factors such as geography, age, race, and education attainment.  Highest levels of obesity were reported in the South and Midwest.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Numbers and Types of Public Elementary and Secondary Local Education Agencies … School Year 2008-09

Categories: Education,Statistics

Covers 17,735 school districts, including 180 new school districts.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

2010 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Fund

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Headlines,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Annual financial report on the solvency of Social Security.  Predicts that old age fund assets will be exhausted by 2037 and disability assets in 2018 under current program formulas.  From the Social Security Administration

2010 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Elderly,Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Annual financial report on the financial health of the Medicare program.  Reports that the recently passed health reform act improves the financial outlook for Medicare and postpones the expected exhaustion of fund assets from 2017 under previous law to 2028 or 2029.

Public Elementary and Secondary School Student Enrollment and Staff Counts … School Year 2008-09

Categories: Education,Statistics

Presents findings on the numbers of public school students and staff in the U.S. in school year 2008-09.   Presents data by grade and by race/ethnicity within grade, the numbers of teachers and other staff, and the teacher-student ratios.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

U.S. Counternarcotics Strategy in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Drug Trafficking

Drugs and bribes are the two largest income generators in Afghanistan.  This report describes how drug trafficking supports the Taliban insurgency and how the U.S. counternarcotics strategy is crucial to accomplishing the mission.  From the U.S. State Department