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The average salary of a full professor at a state university or land grant college in l98l-82 was $35,230, according to the faculty salary survey conducted by the Office of Institutional Research, Oklahoma State University. Law professors received the highest salaries, averaging $46,3l0, while fine-arts professors averaged the lowest salaries, $30,980. New assistant professors averaged $21,070; at the top: those teaching law at $28,790; at the bottom, those teaching foreign languages: $17,290.

The National Association of Independent Schools reports enrollments in independent schools continue to rise. ''Although some independent schools have more qualified applicants than they have places available and could expand their student bodies if they chose to, most prefer to remain small,'' said Marjo Talbott, NAIS director of admission services. ''They value small classes, a human scale, low student-teacher ratios - 10 to 1 is the average - and adequate attention to the individual.'' Single-sex girls' schools and boys' schools show the greatest growth; coeducational schools remain high and stable. Independent schools are spending more on financial aid than ever before. The 828 NAIS member schools collectively granted over $100 million in scholarship aid last year. Independent schools are nonpublic, nonprofit schools governed by boards of trustees or advisers.

Over 200,000 students (and many others) have already visited the World's Fair in Knoxville, Tenn. Despite the fair's theme of energy, the most popular exhibits so far are not energy oriented. In the US pavilion, movies shown on a huge Imax screen make observers feel like participants. The Chinese and Mexican exhibits emphasizing art, painting, sewing, and cuisine have also been extremely popular. Outside the fairgrounds but nearby in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the American Museum of Science and Energy is attracting record numbers of visitors.

High school seniors can compete this fall for more than $200,000 in scholarships being awarded by the Century III Leaders program. Applications, which must be completed by Oct. 15, may be obtained through local high school prinicpals' offices. All high schools are mailed entry kits early in September by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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