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2014

This is the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created.
December 22, 2014
Last year, a pair of researchers from Duke University published a report with a bold title: “The End of the Segregated Century.” U.S. cities, the authors concluded, were less segregated in 2012 than they had been at any point since 1910. But less segregated does not necessarily mean integrated–something this incredible map makes clear in vivid color. The map, created by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is stunningly comprehensive. Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, it shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That’s 308,745,538 dots in all–around 7 GB of visual data. It isn’t the first map to show the country’s ethnic distribution, nor is it the first to show every single citizen, but it is the first to do both, making it the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created.
Expert Urges Use of Classroom Interventions to Eliminate Stereotype Threat
December 5, 2014
Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, says that a targeted classroom intervention closed the achievement gap for African-American students. Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University, says that a targeted classroom intervention closed the achievement gap for African-American students. NEW YORK — The tone was somewhat somber in a packed auditorium Wednesday at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a public lecture titled “Using Brain Science to Help Combat the Effects of Discrimination” by Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, an associate professor of psychology at Columbia University.
Remember the Sand Creek Massacre
December 4, 2014
MANY people think of the Civil War and America’s Indian wars as distinct subjects, one following the other. But those who study the Sand Creek Massacre know different. On Nov. 29, 1864, as Union armies fought through Virginia and Georgia, Col. John Chivington led some 700 cavalry troops in an unprovoked attack on peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho villagers at Sand Creek in Colorado. They murdered nearly 200 women, children and older men.
Open Doors Data Details the Influx of Students From Other Countries
November 19, 2014
International Education Week kicked off with the announcement of the preliminary Open Doors data for 2013-14. The data catalog the number of U.S. and international students leaving their home countries to pursue higher education. In the past academic year, nearly 900,000 international students studied in the U.S., compared to the 300,000 U.S. students who went abroad
Harvard and UNC Sued Over Their Admission Policies
November 19, 2014
Lawsuits filed Monday against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill argue that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the nation. The federal suits allege Harvard and UNC rely on race-based affirmative action policies that impact admissions of high-achieving White and Asian American students.
Federal Judge Trhows Out Bias Suit Against Cincinnati State Tech
November 19, 2014
A federal judge in Ohio has rejected a race, gender and sexual orientation discrimination suit by a lesbian African-American instructor whose tenure-track appointment was not renewed at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. US District Judge Sandra Beckwith rules that Alicia Revely failed to offer sufficient evidence to proceed with any of her employment bias claims.
Cheyney University Coalition to File Federal Lawsuit to Save School
October 29, 2014
A broad-based coalition of Cheyney University supporters plan to file a federal lawsuit today claiming a history of racial discrimination from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania towards the nation's oldest Black institution of higher learning.
When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 3
October 13, 2014
SOME white Americans may be surprised to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu describe Bryan Stevenson, an African-American lawyer fighting for racial justice, as “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” Huh? Why do we need a Mandela over here? We’ve made so much progress on race over 50 years! And who is this guy Stevenson, anyway? Yet Archbishop Tutu is right. Even after remarkable gains in civil rights, including the election of a black president, the United States remains a profoundly unequal society — and nowhere is justice more elusive than in our justice system.
University of California to Add ‘Gender-Neutral’ Restrooms
October 1, 2014
Responding to concerns raised by gay and transgender students and employees, University of California President Janet Napolitano directed the system’s 10 campuses on Monday to create more gender-neutral restrooms and to allow students to update their records with a preferred name that does not necessarily match their legal name. The two actions respond to recommendations from a task force that started meeting before Napolitano assumed the president’s job a year ago Tuesday and which she has expanded into an ongoing advisory group to come up with suggestions for how the university can be more LGBT-inclusive.
New Center Seeks to Boost Knowledge, Interest in Hispanic-Serving Institutions
October 1, 2014
Seeking to address a gap in knowledge about Hispanic-serving colleges nationwide, a leading research group in Tuesday launched a virtual data center to provide key information about these institutions as well as promising practices in serving Latino students. The Hispanic-Serving institutions Center for Policy and Practice, or HSI-CP will provide researchers, university leaders and the general public with accessible information on Latinos in higher education, said leaders at Excelencia in Education, a Washington, D.C., organization that unveiled the project.
Colleges Urged to Take Advising of Underrepresented Students to Deeper Level
September 9, 2014
In order to help underrepresented students thrive in college, faculty and administrators must go beyond advising and instead teach students to master the “hidden curriculum” at their respective institutions. That is the argument that University of St. Thomas faculty mentoring consultant Buffy Smith made during a recent talk about helping low-income, minority and first-generation college students adjust to the cultural shifts that await them in the world of higher education.
Determined D.C. Youth Takes Big Step Toward Fulfilling His Dream
August 25, 2014
When Michael Phelps Jr. told a college adviser once that he wanted to go to Penn State University, he was told his goal “wasn’t realistic” because of his grades. The adviser said Phelps should apply to more “safety schools” to shore up his chances of getting into college. That may have been sound advice. But the other day, 18-year-old Phelps dispelled any notion that he would never set foot on a Penn State campus as a student. Waking up before dawn, Phelps and his mother hopped in a rented Chrysler and made the three-hour road trip from their apartment in Southeast Washington, D.C., to move Phelps into a first-floor dorm room of a residence hall named after the Penn State mascot—the Nittany Lion—here at Penn State Schuylkill.
Deaf student Wins Admittance to Medical Program
August 13, 2014
Pacific Northwest University of Health Science’s osteopathic medical program must admit a deaf applicant this fall and must reasonably accommodate his disability. A federal judge ordered the university in Yakima, Wash., to allow Zachary Featherstone to enroll and attend with sign language interpreters and captioning services.
Experts: More Focus Needed on Guiding Native Americans to Doctoral Programs
July 31, 2014
Fewer Native Americans earn doctorates now than they did 20 years ago. Or do they? Using data collected from the National Science Foundation, the Chronicle of Higher Education recently determined that the number of Native Americans receiving doctorate degrees is lower than it was two decades ago. According to the published data, only 149 Native Americans received doctorates in 2013. The data was disputed in some quarters.
Law Professor Cashin Makes Case for Building Affirmative Action Anew
July 25, 2014
It’s not surprising that, as a former law clerk to the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and daughter of civil rights activist parents, Georgetown University law professor Sheryll Cashin supports the use of affirmative action in American higher education. Rather than defend the practice of race-conscious affirmative action that helps underrepresented minorities gain admission into highly selective colleges and universities, Cashin instead pushes for affirmative action that’s based on structural disadvantage, or place, that a student has to overcome to attain a high-quality education. Cashin’s new book, Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America, argues that place-based affirmative action provides a race-neutral approach for helping disadvantaged students as well as bringing diversity to elite colleges and universities.
University of Connecticut Settles Sex Assault Lawsuit
July 21, 2014
The University of Connecticut will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by five women who alleged the school did not take seriously their claims of sexual assaults on campus. The bulk of the settlement, $900,000, will go to Silvana Moccia, a former UConn ice hockey player who alleged she was kicked off the team after reporting she had been raped by a male hockey player in August 2011. The other four women will receive payments ranging from $25,000 to $125,000.
Appeals Court Rules University of Texas Can Use Race in Admissions
July 16, 2014
A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas can continue using race as a factor in undergraduate admissions as a way of promoting diversity on campus, the latest in an ongoing case that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court last year only to be sent back to lower courts for further review. In a 2-1 ruling, judges from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that barring the university from using race would ultimately lead to a less diverse student body in defiance of previous legal precedent that promoting diversity was an important part of education.
Women Succeed in Science and Engineering: Successful Women Tell Their Stories
July 8, 2014
A panel of women professors in STEM fields shared their challenges, benefits, and advice.
In Landmark Decision, U.S. Patent Office Cancels Trademark for Redskins Football Team
June 20, 2014
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans” and thus cannot be trademarked under federal law that prohibits the protection of offensive or disparaging language.
Diverse Conversations: Mentoring Minority Faculty
June 6, 2014
Minority faculty find themselves at a huge disadvantage at institutions controlled by people of European descent. To discuss some of the ways in which institutions can ensure that minority faculty members are properly mentored and guided, I recently sat down with Olympia Duhart, Co-President of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), which has been hugely instrumental in promoting programs to address this important issue
Unconsious Stereotypes and Black Males
May 19, 2014
A March 6, 2014, article published in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education featured an activity developed by a community college adviser. It was intended to address stereotypes about minority men. Attendees wrote lists of negative stereotypes that they discussed afterward. The other exercise consisted of responding to a series of "true or false" statements concerning stereotypes about Black men. The participants hoped the discussions would change the attitudes of the staffs at their institutions. However, any changes that might be made will not be easy, as the problem goes much deeper than most observers assume. Much of the discriminiation that occurs today results from unconscious stereotypes that are not widely understood.
High court ruling favors prayer at council meeting
May 5, 2014
Prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity, a divided Supreme Court ruled Monday. The court said in 5-4 decision that the content of the prayers is not significant as long as they do not denigrate non-Christians or proselytize.
California Bill Re-ignites Affirmative Action Fight
April 24, 2014
Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state’s powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservatives. The debate is unfolding in the nation’s most populous and most ethnically diverse state as an unrelated U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholds voters’ rights to decide whether racial considerations should factor into university selections. The California proposal would allow voters to rescind their state’s affirmative action ban, but unexpected pushback from families of Asian descent who mobilized through Chinese-language media, staged rallies and organized letter-writing campaigns has all but killed the measure.
Appalachia's Residents Older, More Disabled Than Other U.S. Residents
April 21, 2014
Appalachia's residents remain older and have a higher disability prevalence than Americans as a whole, but overall demographic, health, and socioeconomic patterns vary widely within the region, according to The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview From the 2008-2012 American Community Survey, prepared by PRB for the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The Next America: Two Dramas in Slow Motion
April 14, 2014
Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. America is in the midst of two right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Each of these shifts would by itself be the defining demographic story of its era. The fact that both are unfolding simultaneously has generated big generation gaps that will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion.
The Growing Inequality In How America Saves For College
April 10, 2014
A college education could be slipping beyond the grasp of low-income families, according to a survey revealing a growing inequality in how America saves for college. Figures released today show that while savings set aside for college have risen among American families as a whole, among low-income families they have dropped sharply.
Diverse conversations: School Diversity Program mirrors Workplace
February 18, 2014
Business schools around the country are thinking about ways to implement programs that increase diversity on campus. Steve Reinemund, dean of the Wake Forest University School of Business, instituted the Corporate Fellowship program shortly after he arrived at the school in 2008, which helped the Master of Arts (MA) in Management program achieve the same kind of diversity found in today's workplace.
Colleges Step Up Efforts to Aid Growing Number of Disabled Students
February 14, 2014
The problem is only going to get worse. A study published in 2011 by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that learning disabilities in children rose steadily from 1997 to 2008, while diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — often grouped with learning disabilities — jumped 33 percent. Learning-disabled students are far more likely than others to drop out of four-year colleges. Just 34 percent complete a four-year degree within eight years of finishing high school, according to the National Center for Special Education Research—compared to 56 percent of all students nationally who the National Student Clearinghouse reports graduate within six years.
Earnings Gap for College Grads Widest in 48 Years
February 13, 2014
The earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century. It’s a sign of the growing value of a college education despite rising tuition costs, according to an analysis of census data released Tuesday.
Farm Bill Gives Central State Land-Grant Status; New Grant Programs for HSIs
February 13, 2014
President Obama has signed into law a wide-ranging farm bill with several key changes for minority-serving institutions, including a provision that gives long-awaited land-grant status to Central State University in Ohio. A historically Black college, Central State has sought land-grant status since 1890 when the federal government designated its first set of HBCUs as land-grant colleges. "This designation is nearly 125 years in the making an d long overdue." said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.
Report: Asian American Pacific Islander Students Primarily Turn to Peers for Academic Advice
January 22, 2014
Low-income Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) college students tend to seek academic advice from peers rather than from designated support centers on campus because of perceived barriers. Furthermore, parents of these students typically support their academic endeavors but don’t necessarily comprehend them. These are among the findings in a new, national report by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).
For Returning Veterans, Back-to-School Brings New Battles
January 17, 2014
When veterans come home from war and try to put their lives back together, there’s often a giant missing link in their transition: Clear advice on getting back to school and managing the next phase of their education. “Where you are going next is a huge hole in the system, and there is no entity in the community to help them figure out where to start,’’ Pamela Tate, president and CEO of CAEL (Council for Adult and Experiential Learning), said at a hearing on educating veterans in Washington D.C. last week. “They don’t know where they should go to school, what they should study and what careers are there for them.’’
New Reports Help Answer Expanding College Opportunity Challenge
January 17, 2014
On the day the Obama Administration convened a White House summit on expanding college opportunity for low-income Americans, The Education Trust advocacy organization released a pair of reports highlighting measures institutions can take to boost enrollment and graduation rates of underrepresented minorities and low-income students.
University of Minnesota to Offer Gender-neutral Housing
January 3, 2014
Starting in the fall of 2015, up to several dozen students will be able to live in campus apartments with any roommate, regardless of their sex or what gender they identify with. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that transgender students have been pushing for the change.