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More equal than the others – that’s how the middle class stays ahead

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Jul 18, 2017

Privilege retreats. Thats the first thing to understand about it: it doesnt just stand still, waiting for everyone else to catch up, but keeps moving. Sneak past the velvet rope keeping the great unwashed out of the party, and another rope will materialise behind it, guarding an even more exclusive gathering. Level a playing field,… Continue reading

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CCNY, UTEP Team Up to Increase Hispanic Faculty in STEM

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Jul 18, 2017

City College of New York and the University of Texas at El Paso have joined forces in an effort to increase the number of Hispanic faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs at higher education institutions. Read the entire post here.

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Who Does DeVos’s Department Really Represent?

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Jul 18, 2017

Six tumultuous months into the Trump administration, at least one constant remains: On higher education, Betsy DeVos is still seen as a black box. When Ms. DeVos was narrowly confirmed as education secretary in February,she was known chieflyfor her greatest passion: elementary- and secondary-school choice, an issue she framed as an act of advocacy for… Continue reading

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Documenting Harassment in Astronomy

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Jul 18, 2017

Harassment of women in astronomy has been an open secret for some time, but reformers faced a data problem. That is, others in the field wondered if harassmentwent beyond mere anecdotes —as alarming as some of the stories were. Read the entire post here.

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5 Suspended for Blocking Speech

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Jul 18, 2017

Claremont McKenna College announced Monday that it is punishing seven students — five with suspensions — for their role inblocking an audience from hearing a speech by Heather MacDonald in April. The Claremont McKenna protest is among those highlighted by many observers who say that some students in American higher education have become intolerant of… Continue reading

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Louisville Tries Different Course to Close Black Male Achievement Gap

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Jul 13, 2017

In an effort to improve academic achievement among African Americans, a Kentucky school board hasapprovedthe creation of an academy tailored to Black male students in Louisville. The Jefferson County board voted 6-1 to create the Academy that will be housed in the county. Jefferson County is the largest district within the state and has around… Continue reading

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Its not fair to make profits out of loans to poorer students

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Jul 6, 2017

Jo Johnson (Dont scrap tuition fees, they have been a great success, 5 July) paints a distorted view. Whatever the merits of tuition fees, it is the way they have been managed that is a disgrace. George Osborne sold the tuition fee debt to the private sector, which obviously wishes to make a profit; originally… Continue reading

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Building Latino Male Achievement

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Jul 6, 2017

  Middle school-age boys arent known for their emotional candor. Boys of color, even less so. So when Enrique Aguayo asks a group of eighth graders if they are nervous about entering high school, he gets only a couple of nods, and one acknowledgment. “Im worried about not passing,” admits Hipolito, a student at Consuelo… Continue reading

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My Humanities Degree Is Anything But Useless

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Jul 6, 2017

Growing up I always loved to read and write, just as other people loved to build or play sports. In fact, I loved those things too. However, when it came to applying to school, I didnt think twice about applying for an English degree. I knew that I wanted to be one of those people… Continue reading

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Low-Income Students Are Vulnerable In A Shifting College Access Landscape

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Jul 6, 2017

College affordability and access has been a story of success and setbacks in recent years. There have been some strides made in giving more students access to higher education through initiatives like the expansion of financial aid coverage through free community college initiatives in Tennessee and Chicago. On the other hand, the landscape of higher… Continue reading

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