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Race and Inequity -- Segregation in higher education remains largely ignored, but two new studies show increasing concentrations of disadvantaged students at community colleges can affect completion rates. (In a related story, a report finds that community colleges struggle to serve a growing share of disadvantaged students, while public funding skews toward four-year institutions.)
Could Class Trump Race? -- New research says that by examining both socioeconomic status and "overachievement," colleges could increase racial diversity without considering race.
Class Matters -- Even high school valedictorians from lower-income backgrounds generally fail to enroll in top colleges, a study finds.
Gag Orders on Sexuality -- Female college athlete comes out as gay and no one bats an eye -- until it's learned her coach told her not to. The case of Brittney Griner at Baylor is indicative of the culture of women's sports.
Concerns on Loan Denials -- Historically black colleges urge Education Department to reconsider changes to some student loan criteria, and for-profit colleges and student advocates gear up for rewrite of "gainful employment" regulation.
Graduates Less Diverse Than Peers -- Racial demographics of those earning bachelor's degrees in 2007-8 not reflective of overall student body, report finds.
Win for Disabled Students -- Berkeley agrees to make it easier for students with disabilities to do homework and research in a settlement that may be eyed across the country by advocates and university officials alike.
Quest for 'Genius Babies'? -- Jason Richwine quit Heritage Foundation amid controversy over his Harvard dissertation on race and IQ. Critics are now raising questions about work by a Michigan State physicist and vice president.
Should His Ph.D. Have Been Granted? -- Controversy over Heritage Foundation report on immigration ignites debate over whether Harvard should have approved a dissertation that claimed an IQ deficit for Hispanics.
Debt, Race and Ph.D.s -- Study finds that black and Latino students borrow more than others do to earn doctorates in STEM and social science fields.
Skewing Dude-ward? -- Despite two generations of work by feminist literary critics, a study indicates that new books by men get disproportionate attention from reviewers. Scott McLemee reports from the literary battlefront.