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The Bias for White Men

Inside Higher Ed
April 24, 2014

A survey of more than 6,000 faculty members, across a range of disciplines, has found that when prospective graduate students reach out for guidance, white males are the most likely to get attention. The survey also found that public university faculty members are much more likely than their private counterparts to respond equally to students of varying backgrounds. And the greatest victims of discrimination may be those with names that suggest they are Chinese women.

Free college plan laudable but ideological

Madison, Wis., State Journal - Column
April 24, 2014

Rolf Wegenke, president of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, said the federal dollars coming into his group’s 23 nonprofit members help them educate and graduate low-income and minority students. He said recent federal data show WAICU members enrolled higher percentages of minority students than the UW System did and higher percentages of low-income students than did four-year UW System schools.

Public Sees College as More Than Just Job Preparation, Report Says

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 24, 2014

Rhetoric from policy makers may focus on the need to ensure that college graduates are competitive in the workplace, but students, faculty members, and others engaged in higher education take a more expansive view of the value of a degree, a new report from the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute suggests. College, they said, shouldn’t be just about picking up job skills but should expose students to new ideas and diverse fields and should encourage critical thinking.

At Northwestern, a Blitz to Defeat an Effort to Unionize

New York Times
April 24, 2014

A National Labor Relations Board official took a historic step last month in ruling that Northwestern’s scholarship football players should be considered employees of the university and therefore had the right to unionize like other workers. And then, almost immediately, Northwestern began a wide-ranging campaign to defeat a unionization vote, which is scheduled for Friday.

When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions

NPR
April 24, 2014

At some schools, the admissions process itself can work against low-income students, according to Georgia Nugent, former president of Kenyon College and a senior fellow at the Council of Independent Colleges. Nugent says during her tenure at Kenyon, there were low-income students at the bottom of the admissions list who sometimes weren't accepted so the school could make room for more affluent students.

Panel Is Split on Distance-Education Rule

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 24, 2014

Debate over the Education Department’s proposed "state authorization" rule officially ended on Wednesday, with negotiators divided over how far the federal government should go in its effort to compel state scrutiny of online programs.

Student Debt Nearly Tripled Over The Past Decade

Think Progress
April 23, 2014

Total student debt has nearly tripled in recent years, according to new research. Using a new dataset on various types of household debt, including student loans, research from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that total outstanding educational debt nearly tripled from 2004 to 2012, growing from $364 billion to $966 billion. The total rose by 14 percent each year on average.

What’s Better for Your Résumé—Captain of the Debate Team or Playing College Sports?

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 23, 2014

Playing college sports could have a big payoff after graduation, as employers in one recent study appeared to value the leadership skills of athletes above many other students. The study, whose results are to be presented at a conference this week at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, asked employers to rate the value of experiences of more than a dozen types of students, including debate-team captain, resident assistant, and editor of the campus newspaper.

Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling

New York Times
April 23, 2014

Leaders in higher education, upset by Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision upholding Michigan’s ban on race-based preferences in college admissions, said the ruling would nudge them further along the path of finding alternative means to promote diversity in their student bodies.

Colleges Ask Court for Deference on Unpaid Internships

Chronicle of Higher Education
April 23, 2014

Six major higher-education groups are urging a federal appellate court to defer to colleges to determine the value of unpaid internships, which some critics say exploit students while providing employers with free labor. Colleges are uniquely qualified to decide whether students benefit from real-world experiences where they can apply their knowledge and get a foothold in a tough job market, the groups argue in a brief filed this month.

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