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THE STUDENT BODY

Throwing Out a State Vote -- A federal appeals court ruled that Michigan voters did not have the right in 2006 to ban public colleges and universities from considering race and ethnicity in admissions. (see story)

Women's Colleges and Ex-Women -- A degree issued by Mount Holyoke College prompts an examination of women's colleges' transgender policies. (see story)

Separate But Equal? -- Peace College announces that that once it admits men, some courses will remain single sex. (see story)

In College, Without a Home -- In a session at the annual meeting of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, financial aid officers discuss the increase in homeless students -- and ways to help them. (see story)

Paths to the Bachelor's Degree -- A new federal report shows variances in the time it takes different groups of students to achieve bachelor's degrees. (see story)

Generational Knowledge -- A panel at the Institute for Computer Policy and Law (ICPL) tries to bridge the generational gap between students and college officials in the age of social media. (see story)

In Where the Boys Are (and the Men Aren't), our Confessions of a Community College Dean blogger wrestles with possible explanations for the dearth of older male students at his institution. (see post)

FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION

'Class Dismissed' -- Serena Golden interviews John Marsh, author of Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality. (see story)

A New Majority -- At University of Richmond, women now hold the majority of academic dean jobs. (see story)

Don’t Call Them Fuddy Duddies -- In the wake of a new report on faculty retirement from the American Council on Education, advice on how colleges can avoid legal pitfalls when designing retirement incentives. (see story)

Making Ethnic Studies Compute -- At California State University at San Marcos, one professor is teaching her students to use advanced mapping technology to learn about themselves and their communities on an even deeper level. (see story)

FROM THE PUBLISHER

From our July 22 Quick Takes, an item of interest to those who recruit international faculty talent:

"Ruling: Online Ads Sufficient in Hiring Non-U.S. Residents as Academics

An appeals board of the U.S. Department of Labor this week issued a ruling backing the right of the University of Texas at Brownsville to use online advertising to show that it had attempted to recruit an American for a position for which it wanted authority to hire a non-citizen. An FAQ from the agency's Office of Foreign Labor Certification has long said that an employer must use a print advertisement for such purposes.

But the Labor Department's Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals ruled that the regulations on this subject do not require a print ad, so the FAQ cannot be relied on. Further, the board found that the official who rejected Brownsville's request to be certified based on an online ad offered "no rationale or explanation as to why an electronic national professional journal is somehow inadequate." Full disclosure: The ad that Brownsville fought to get certified ran in Inside Higher Ed, which as an online publication stands to benefit from the ruling because some institutions may now decide to advertise online some positions that they had been advertising in print."

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