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U.S., Cuba Consult on Persian Gulf in Rare High-Level Meeting

November 27, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. concern over the Persian Gulf crisis has produced the highest-level meeting between the United States and Cuba since the two countries opened diplomatic offices in each other’s capitals 13 years ago.

Under Secretary of State Robert Kimmitt, the third-ranking official at the State Department, met Sunday with the chief of Cuba’s diplomatic mission here, Jose Arbesu.

Previously, the most senior U.S. official to meet with Cuba’s chief diplomat here has been the assistant secretary for Latin American affairs.

A spokesman at the Cuban mission said Monday that the Sunday meeting was limited to a discussion of the consultations on the gulf at the U.N. Security Council, of which Cuba occupies one of the 10 non-permanent seats.

--- Cavazos: College Is Still Affordable

WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Lauro Cavazos is calling on colleges and universities to make ″tough choices″ to cut costs.

Cavazos insisted Monday that colleges still are affordable, although tuition increases during the 1980s averaged about 8 percent a year. Average tuition and fees for fall 1990 ranged from $884 at two-year public colleges to $9,391 at four-year private colleges.

Escalating costs of higher education have some analysts predicting that ″four years of college early in the next century may cost several hundred thousand dollars,″ said Cavazos.

Cavazos stressed that the predictions are based on ″misperceptions about both the true cost of college and the availability of student financial aid.″ Yet he released a handbook, entitled ″Tough Choices,″ to help colleges examine institutional goals and priorities and make decisions to control spending.

″If we are to keep higher education affordable, colleges and universities are going to have to make serious efforts to control costs,″ he told reporters. ″Each institution must identify its central mission and focus, and then allocate resources accordingly, with the understanding that no single institution can do everything well.″

For example, Cavazos said colleges should consider merging duplicative services or programs and possibly eliminating programs, including certain athletic or sports programs. Institutions also might consider coordinating services with nearby schools, he said.

--- American University President Wants to Remain on Faculty

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former American University president Richard Berendzen, who resigned after being charged with making obscene telephone calls, says he wants to remain on the faculty.

Berendzen said Monday the controversy over a reported $1 million buyout of his contract as president and as a tenured professor of physics has caused him ″great anguish.″

″I am seeing the fabric of this family torn by rumor and innuendo,″ Berendzen said in a statement issued through his attorney. ″I have initiated steps that I hope will bring harmony to the university I love so dearly.″

He pleaded guilty in May to two charges of making obscene phone calls in Fairfax County, Va., and received two 30-day jail sentences, which were suspended on the condition that he remain in psychiatric treatment.

Berendzen said he was hopeful the board of trustees will approve his return to teaching ″after an appropriate period of leave.″

Last week, acting president Milton Greenberg asked the trustees to rescind the buyout offer. He cited ″serious rifts″ which the arrangement had caused between the trustees and the rest of the university.

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