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2012

U. of Iowa Will Ask
December 12, 2012
The University of Iowa is today announcing the addition of an optional question on sexual orientation, and a transgender choice under gender, as part of an effort to make its undergraduate application one that sends a welcoming signal to all students -- and to gather information about the institution's success at attracting and retaining students who aren't straight.
Maryland Dream Act
December 11, 2012
Marylanders supported Question 4 in the 2012 election by a margin of 58%-42% and became the first state in the nation to decide by popular vote that undocumented immigrants can be eligible for in-state college tuition if students have attended a high school in the state for three years and if they or their parents have paid state income taxes during that time.
U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Michigan's Ban on Affirmative Action
December 5, 2012
On November 15th, the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the University of Michigan's voter-approved 2006 ban on affirmative action was unconstitutional, and issued an order to stay that ruling on November 30th.
Experts Say More Minority STEM Programs are Vital to National Growth
December 5, 2012
The need to enhance minority targeted STEM programs is not just on the radar for education administrators, but also has been a priority for several government officials, especially members of President Barack Obama’s cabinet.
$3.4 B Class-Action Lawsuit Ends: 350,000 American Indians to Receive Payout
December 3, 2012
One of the United States’ largest class-action lawsuits came to a close yesterday as American Indians and the federal government finalized a $3.4-billion settlement that would end a 17-year battle over squandered land trust royalties.
Encounters with Diversity, on Campuses and in Course Work, Bolster Critical-Thinking Skills, Studies Find
November 19, 2012
Worries about the quality of undergraduate education tend to be magnified by concerns about the increasing diversity of students entering college. How well will those institutions be able to meet the needs of tomorrow's students, who will hail from more-varied racial, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds, than today's?
U.S. Court Strikes Down Michigan Affirmative Action Ban
November 16, 2012
A federal appeals court has thrown out Michigan’s voter-approved ban on affirmative action in college admissions and public hiring.
Surge of International Students on U.S. Campuses Pays Off in Diversity, Revenue
November 13, 2012
Want to see how quickly the look and business model of American public universities are changing? Visit a place like Indiana University. Five years ago, there were 87 undergraduates from China on its idyllic, all-American campus in Bloomington. This year: 2,224.
Leaving Religion Behind: a Portrait of Nonreligious America
November 12, 2012
Nonreligious Americans represent the fastest-growing part of the nation's religious landscape
Changing the Way U.S. Hispanics are Counted
November 12, 2012
by Carl Haub, The U.S. Census Bureau has been studying a very different method for collecting data on race and ethnicity. This potential method may provide a more accurate picture of the nation's ethnic makeup, particularly improving the classification of Hispanics.
Dementia Cases Expected to Triple by 2050 as World Population Ages
November 10, 2012
by Paola Scommegna, Across the globe, more than 35 million people are living with dementia, according to recent World Health Organization (WHO) estimates.1 This number is expected to more than triple to reach 115 million by 2050 in the wake of world population aging.
More Mothers of Young Children in U.S. Workforce
November 9, 2012
by Diana Lavery. In recent years, more mothers of young children have entered the paid labor force. While the share of mothers with children under age 6 in the labor force has risen sharply, the rate for all working-age adults has remained relatively flat.
Is affirmative action racist?
November 5, 2012
Since affirmative action programs consider race as a factor in decisions such as hiring and college admissions, I often hear from whites who consider it to be a racist practice. Especially given the state of the economy and the distress this has caused millions of people who are trying not only to get ahead but often just to hold on to what they have, it’s not surprising that many whites might feel this way. And so it’s worth taking a look at.
Factors that Influence Science and Engineering Graduate Student Diversity: Results of a Rice Faculty Survey
October 31, 2012
A survey from Rice University that looks at science and engineering faculty perceptions ofand experiences with advising underrepresented minority graduate students. Measured against research productivity, the nation’s attempts to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in science and engineering have been largely unsuccessful. 2003.
Affirmative action: UC faculty diversity grows slowly amid state’s race neutral policies
October 18, 2012
This is the fourth installment in a four-part series on affirmative action at the University of California. The series was prompted by Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case challenging UT Austin’s race-conscious admissions policies, which was heard by the court last week.