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An Hour Makes a Difference
-- A simple intervention can dramatically decrease the academic achievement gap for first-generation college students, study finds.
Standards of Evidence
-- An Education Department proposal on how colleges need to conduct campus disciplinary hearings involving sexual assault is sparking renewed debate over the standards of evidence in those proceedings.
Integrating International Students -- So you have X number of international students on your campus. So what?
AP Growth and Inequities -- College Board shows growth in Advanced Placement program, along with growth in those who don't do well on the exams and continued racial gaps.
Is 'Undermatching' Overrated? -- New analysis questions the assumptions behind a theory about low-income students that has attracted considerable scholarly and White House interest. (And in a Views essay, Elaine Tuttle Hansen writes that "undermatching" and poor matching are much broader problems in education than emphasis on competitive college admissions suggests, and says it's time to look at the entire educational system.)
Following Student Veterans -- Federal agency releases new college comparison site for student veterans and data about where they are enrolled, earning praise from both for-profit colleges and their critics.
Why Nobody Intervened -- Report on two months of harassment of black student at San Jose State says that he didn't want to report the ugly incidents, and that university officials generally followed proper procedures. But president wasn't in the loop for weeks.
Chemistry Without Women -- Fed up with lack of gender diversity at science conferences, three high-profile chemists call boycott of upcoming gathering. Organizers say they erred in putting up all-male, preliminary list of speakers.
Philosophy of Sexism? -- U. of Colorado releases extraordinary report about sex bias and incivility in department, and brings in outside chair to change the culture. Move comes in a discipline regularly criticized for lack of support for women.
Who Should Teach Ethnic Studies? -- Cal State Los Angeles professors vote to require all students to take a course in race or ethnicity, but fail to adopt proposal that course be taught in ethnic studies department.
Write With 'People Like Me' -- When scientists collaborate on papers, they disproportionately work with those of the same ethnicity, study finds.
Professor Who Defends Segregation -- Loyola New Orleans debates the views of a libertarian faculty member who argues that most civil rights laws are wrong.
'Triple Package,' Ethnicity and Success -- Husband-and-wife professors at Yale law school (she gave us the "Tiger Mother" debate) publish book about why some racial and ethnic groups are more successful than others. And no, it's not because they value education.
Hate Isn't a University Value -- How should a queer junior professor react when a prominent trustee and donor makes jokes about gay people? Eric Anthony Grollman reflects.