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Small steps women in academe should take to support each other (opinion)

Entire systems must be fixed, but for now, we can all take some small, immediate steps to improve the work environment for our female colleagues, writes Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt.

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Women and Underrepresented Minorities Less Likely to Be Last Authors

Women and underrepresented racial and ethnic minority scholars are less likely than other groups to be last authors, an indicator of career independence, says a new paper in American Economic Association Papers and Proceedings. Lead author Gerald Marschke, an associate professor of economics at the State University of New York at Albany, and colleagues applied big data methods to millions of biomedical sciences papers with U.S. authors, finding that gender gaps are smaller among blacks and Hispanics than among non-Hispanic whites. “Our analysis is timely given serious concerns with underrepresentation of women and minorities in biomedicine” and other science, technology, engineering and math fields, the authors wrote.

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U of Akron Professor Wanted to Boost Women's Grades

The University of Akron told a professor of information sciences not to award higher grades to women on the basis of gender, according to Fox-8. In an email to students in his systems analysis and design class that has since been made public, Liping Liu reportedly wrote that women “may see their grades raised one level or two” as part of a “national movement to encourage female students to go [into] information sciences.”

Rex Ramsier, university provost, said in a statement that the institution “verified that there were no adjustments to grades based upon the gender of individuals in the class.” While Liu’s intentions may “be laudable, his approach as described in his email was clearly unacceptable,” he added. “The University of Akron follows both the law and its policies and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. The professor in question has been advised accordingly, and he has reaffirmed his commitment to adhering to these strict standards.” 

Nine of 68 students majoring in information systems at Akron this spring are women. Of 484 students majoring in computer information systems, 68 are women, Fox-8 reported.

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Report finds Parent PLUS loans worsen outcomes for poorest families, urges policy reforms

Report finds loan program -- critical to many historically black institutions -- exacerbates economic inequality for low-income black families by adding student debt they can't repay.

Law Schools Ask Firms for Harassment Policies

Yale Law School and other top legal education programs on Monday asked law firms recruiting on their campuses to disclose their workplace harassment policies for summer associates.

Those positions can be a key step toward a professional career for law students. But recent reports showed that some big firms have required summer associates to sign mandatory arbitration or nondisclosure agreements.

Organizers have pushed for the disclosure of those policies, arguing they allow law firms to limit reports of workplace misconduct, including sexual harassment, to secretive forums that favor employers.

Fifty law schools signed on to the letter asking firms to complete a survey on workplace policies. Survey results are expected to be available by June 8.

“Contractually surrendering rights contributes to workplace cultures in which discrimination and harassment are facts of life for too many women who work for law firms," said Molly Coleman, a Harvard law student who helped organize the campaign for the disclosures. "We are pleased that we will soon have a better sense of the scope of the problem, but we know this is just a first step toward our ultimate goal of firms dropping these contract provisions for employees at all levels.”

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How campus police can deal with racism

After campus incidents many have considered racial profiling, how can police de-escalate situations?

AAUP: Nebraska-Lincoln violated lecturer's academic freedom when it ended her teaching appointment

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AAUP says University of Nebraska-Lincoln violated Courtney Lawton's academic freedom when it ended her teaching appointment over a high-profile political dispute on campus.

Policy Brief Makes Case for Expanded Child Care for Student Parents

Single mothers who attend college full time spend an average of nine hours a day on care and housework. And on a weekly basis, single mothers spend an average of 15 hours in direct childcare activities. 

That time commitment leaves less time for coursework and threatens their academic success, the Institute for Women's Policy Research finds in a policy brief it released today. 

In the brief, the group analyzed data from the American Time Use Survey to illustrate the difference in time spent each day by single mother students versus female students without children on activities like active care work, sleep, homework, exercise, and attending class. 

The group makes several policy recommendations, among them: increasing funding at the federal, state, and local government levels for child care on college campuses; targeting of financial aid to students with parents; and expanding Early Head Start and Head Start programs to more college campuses. 

 

 

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Syracuse contests former adjunct's suggestion he was fired for defending students' speech rights

Syracuse challenges a former adjunct instructor's assertion that he was dismissed for defending students' right to offensive speech. He hasn't taught there since 2015, the university says.

When one scholar’s 'lame' joke is another’s offensive comment

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When one scholar's “lame” joke in a crowded elevator was another’s offensive comment, a disciplinary society was asked to adjudicate. Now, a political scientist won't apologize.

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