Racial groups

Identifying the Racial 'Unknowns'

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Over the past decade and a half, the number and proportion of college students opting not to reveal their race when asked have shot up, to 5.9 percent of all students in 2001 from 3.2 percent a decade earlier. The increases have raised two major questions: Who are these students, and why are they declining to identify themselves? The answers have implications for college officials and policy makers on a wide range of issues, including affirmative action and student life.

Integration Later

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2 years after supposed breakthrough, concerns mount at U. of Alabama over racial segregation at sororities and fraternities.

What Top Applicants Want

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Students draw on a host of factors to make a college decision, and they might not be in the order you think.

If There's a Will

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If departments want black science, math and engineering students to become faculty members, they should have mentors who want close relationships with them, according to a recent study from the University of California at Berkeley.

New Arguments on Affirmative Action

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Are Asian college applicants systematically discriminated against? Are law schools to blame for unhappy black lawyers?

Fun With Google and Diversity

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After scholars' group uses search engine to portray colleges as politically correct, others produce interesting results of their own.

Dueling Over Diversity

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Tensions boil at New Mexico Highlands U. over president's actions on tenure decisions for Latino and white professors.

An End to Picking One Box

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After years of study, Education Department issues plan for colleges to report racial and ethnic data without forcing students to choose one category.

Chicago Bolsters Minority Numbers

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After years of ebbing black enrollment, university's freshman class hits record high -- and 2nd-highest total ever for Hispanic students.

Next Generation Diversity

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Williams College rethinks how students should learn about different groups and cultures -- seeking a different kind of requirement.

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