Author discusses new book on how Latino students shape identity

Author discusses new book on what it means to be Latino at three distinctly different institutions: a liberal arts college, a research university and a regional public university.

New analysis suggests women's success in STEM Ph.D. programs has much to do with having female peers, especially in their first year in graduate school


New analysis suggests that women's success in STEM Ph.D. programs has much to do with having female peers, especially in their first year in graduate school.

Survey finds Americans oppose consideration of race in admissions

New national survey suggests that the public does not agree with the position of most colleges.

AAAS Issues Fellow Revocation Policy on Misconduct

With professional associations under pressure to do more to fight misconduct by their members, the American Association for the Advancement of Science announced Saturday that its governing council had approved a fellow revocation policy. The policy, which takes effect Oct. 15, outlines a process by which the association may consider and act on revoking the status of an elected fellow "in cases of proven scientific misconduct, serious breaches of professional ethics, or when the fellow in the view of AAAS no longer merits the status of fellow." That includes sexual harassment.

Margaret Hamburg, association president and chair of its council, said in a statement that harassment "has no place in science" and "we must do more as a scientific community to create a respectful and supportive environment for our colleagues and students." Hamburg added, "We need effective and responsive policies in academic departments and institutions, scientific societies, and government agencies that define expectations of behavior and provide clear reporting processes, as well as consequences for violations."

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University of Maryland criticized for white support group flier


University of Maryland's counseling center is criticized for a flier advertising a support group for white students who want to learn about race.

University of Florida will end tradition of calling graduates' names at university-wide commencement


University of Florida is eliminating graduation ceremonies featuring every graduate walking across the stage. Many students are angry and see a link to dispute that set off racial debate at spring ceremony.

Clarks Summit University refuses to let gay student return

A Christian university in Pennsylvania has refused to let a gay student who is just six credits short of his degree re-enroll after officials unearthed his sexuality.

Alumni of Hispanic Institutions Report Job Satisfaction

A new survey of alumni at 12 Hispanic-serving institutions finds that they are slightly more likely than other college graduates to believe they have “the ideal job” and are doing interesting work.

The survey, published by the advocacy group Excelencia in Education along with the Strada Education Network and Gallup, found that 26 percent of the institutions' alumni believe they have an ideal job, compared to 22 percent of college graduates nationally.

Forty-one percent of HSI graduates surveyed believe that their job gives them the opportunity to do work that interests them, compared to 37 percent of other alumni.

Just over one in four graduates of the 12 HSIs, 27 percent, strongly agreed that their education prepared them well for life outside college.

Excelencia estimates that HSIs represent 14 percent of colleges and universities, but they enroll 65 percent of Latinx undergraduates.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 16 percent of Latinx adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, lower than rates for white adults at 36 percent, African American adults at 23 percent and Asian adults at 54 percent.

Those gaps may change in coming years, Excelencia predicted: between 2000 and 2015, enrollment of Latinx students in two- and four-year institutions grew from 22 percent to 37 percent, outpacing other groups.

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Backlash at Yale over New Endowed Chair for Harasser

Facing mounting criticism over news of a new endowed chair for Michael Simons, a professor of medicine found to have sexually harassed a postdoctoral researcher, Yale University said in a statement that “we agree that in cases where someone has been found, through a formal process, to have violated university standards of conduct, there should be a presumption against awarding new honorifics.” Recent “announcements about a specific circumstance may appear to be at odds with these statements,” however, Yale said, noting that Simons was awarded the Robert W. Berliner Professorship of Medicine in 2008. He continued to hold that chair despite the 2013 harassment finding, and family members of Berliner, the late dean of the Yale School of Medicine, “expressed concerns” about that in recent months, according to Yale.

In response, Yale instead awarded the Berliner Professorship to Eric Velazquez, the medical school’s new chief of cardiovascular medicine. Simons, meanwhile, “accepted a transfer to the Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professorship.” In making the transfer, the university “had no intention to confer a new honor,” it said. “We share the community’s strong and unflagging commitment to uphold standards of conduct essential to the maintenance of a safe, respectful, and inclusive campus. And we rely on the community’s ongoing engagement, including its questions and criticism as well as its creativity and contributions, in our efforts to realize that commitment.”

Simons did not respond to a request for comment. Five years ago, a universitywide panel recommended that Simons be removed as chief of cardiology for harassing a co-worker. But he was only suspended for 18 months. He later stepped down as chief anyway and publicly said he took responsibility for “pursuing” a junior colleague.

Hundreds of Yale faculty members, students and alumni have signed an open letter to the university, protesting what they see as a new honor for someone found to have committed misconduct. Those complaints came just as the Yale Women Faculty Forum published issued a report saying that the university has failed to substantially punish many faculty members found to have committed misconduct, the New Haven Register reported. Out of 128 complaints against faculty members since 2011 for which details were available, 22 cases resulted in sanctions. But just six penalties had a “negative material consequence,” such as loss of pay, according to the report. The document also says that graduate and professional students were frequent targets of abuse and that they need better protection. A Yale spokesperson reportedly said the university is working with the Women Faculty Forum “to further explore all of their recommendations, which pertain to departmental culture as well as institutional programs.”

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Study suggests admissions officers are more responsive to black applicants who aren't engaged in black activism

Study suggests that those who are "racially apolitical" are more likely than others to receive attention from admissions officers.


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