UniLeaks, a website similar to WikiLeaks, is making its way to college campuses across the globe. UniLeaks accepts anonymous submissions of "restricted or censored material … which is in some way connected to higher education" to publish on its website, according to the UniLeaks submission guide.
"We welcome the challenge of exposing to public scrutiny the corruption and mismanagement which our sources are in the process of uncovering among U.S. colleges," according to a Feb. 28 open letter from UniLeaks to American college presidents.
"In an appeal to both academics and students, UniLeaks has invoked America's historical commitment to a free and open education system in addition to the nation's commitment to openness and transparency in government," according to a Feb. 28 UniLeaks media release.
UniLeaks will also be posting content related to institutions in other countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom. Establishment of the site was partially inspired by student actions in response to the U.K. government's recent cuts to university funding, according to a Feb. 20 open letter from UniLeaks to U.K. university vice chancellors.
Yale to change financial aid policies
Yale will increase financial aid for some low-income families while reducing aid for higher-income families starting this fall. Parent contributions will not be required for families earning less than $65,000 per year — compared to a previous limit of $60,000 — according to a Feb. 18 Yale Daily News article. But families earning over $130,000 will contribute more than in the past.
"The drop in endowment, our desire to help more folks on the lower end and our belief that making moderate adjustments on the higher end will still enable complete economic diversity" were the major driving factors behind the decision, Yale's Director of Financial Aid Caesar Storlazzi said in the article.
Just over half of undergraduates received financial aid in the 2009-10 school year, with an average package size of $34,433, according to Yale's financial aid website.
Brown does not require a parent contribution of those making less than $60,000 with assets valued at less than $100,000, according to the Office of Financial Aid website.