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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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New Research on Value of Diversity

Monday is the deadline for briefs backing the University of Texas at Austin in its Supreme Court defense of the consideration of race in admissions. On Thursday, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill filed a brief, and included a new research study arguing for the educational value of diversity. The researchers, who looked at law school students, found that racial differences "contribute to learning because differences foster richer interactions and positive educational outcomes that benefit students, institutions and society," according to a summary by the university. "In addition, when a law school’s racial diversity was significant and group interaction was high, graduating law students perceived their law school as more open and respectful of diverse ideas."

Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a group that opposes the consideration of race in admissions, questioned the study. In an e-mail message, he said: "The issues chosen to show how racial diversity correlates with perspective diversity are deliberately narrow (Anything about property? How about tax? ....), and of course law itself is a discipline in which such correlation is more likely than most others (Is there a Latina perspective in chemistry? Mathematics? Economics? Engineering? Russian? Etc.) Even if there are some educational benefits to having racial diversity in a class on "Race and the Law," that would not justify racial preferences in undergraduate admissions to the University of Texas."

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