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Augsburg, Capella Oppose Proposed Gay Marriage Ban

A Christian college in Minnesota has joined a coalition opposing an amendment to that state's constitution to ban gay marriage. Augsburg College, associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, announced Tuesday that it had joined Minnesotans United for All Families, a coalition of organizations working to defeat the proposed amendment. (Minnesota state law does not allow gay marriage.) Minnesota state law allows organizations with nonprofit status, including colleges, to weigh in on ballot measures.

Augsburg is the second college to publicly oppose the amendment, although faculty members at other colleges have also spoken out against it. Capella University, a for-profit college, announced Aug. 3 that it opposed the amendment. "Capella is a stronger place because of our diversity, and we have made an intentional effort to create a workplace that is supportive of families of all backgrounds," the company's chairman and chief executive officer, Kevin Gilligan, said in a statement at the time. "Just as importantly, I am very concerned that this amendment will have a negative impact on the ability of Minnesota companies to attract and retain talented employees."

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Sociologists consider how male scientists balance work and family

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New study finds some male researchers seek egalitarian role at home, but most (including some starting their careers) do not.

New gay studies book grew out of an especially controversial college class

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U. of Michigan professor caused major controversy with course called 'How to Be Gay.' A dozen years later, he has written a book on the same topic.

New Highs in Latino Enrollments

Latino enrollments in higher education passed several milestones in 2011, according to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center:

  • Latino students are now the largest minority group among four-year college and university students.
  • Latino students now make up one quarter of community college enrollments.
  • Total Latino enrollment has passed 2 million students, or 16.5 percent of all college enrollments.

 

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Colleges work to inform undocumented students about deferred action

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The Obama administration's policy to allow work permits for some students whose parents came to the U.S. illegally may have little direct impact on higher education, but colleges are helping students pursue the new status.

Study find erosion of double standard on students and sex

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Study finds college students increasingly apply the same judgments (or no judgment at all) to males and females who enjoy sexual hook-ups.

CSU-San Marcos operates, per capita, one of largest former foster youth programs

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CSU-San Marcos starts reaching out to foster youth in high school and continues giving personalized support at the institutional level.

Davidson Students Suspend Serving Chick-fil-A

A student activities committee at Davidson College has banned serving Chick-fil-A at student events, pending a review of student opinion on the controversial restaurant chain, The Charlotte Observer reported. Students and others nationwide have been encouraging boycotts of Chick-fil-A because of statements by its president criticizing gay marriage. While many campuses have seen demands that Chick-fil-A campuses be kicked off campuses, that hasn't happened. In the case of Davidson, what is being suspended is bringing the food on campus for official student events organized by the committee, not removing a campus vendor.

 

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St. Paul's College Suspends Most Operations

St. Paul's College, a historically black college in Virginia, is suspending most operations for the fall semester, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. In the last month, the college has helped many of its students transfer to other institutions. The moves follow the decision in June of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to revoke St. Paul's accreditation. The college is appealing, and is also exploring possible mergers, but decided that suspending operations for the fall was the best course of action for now, officials said.

 

Essay on how a college administrator can manage a maternity leave

Wendy Robinson offers advice for college administrators who feel they can't stay away from their positions for long.

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