Study Says Students Rate Male Instructors More Highly Than Women

March 22, 2018

“Our analysis of comments in both formal student evaluations and informal online ratings indicates that students do evaluate their professors differently based on whether they are women or men,” the study says.

There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It's a Made-Up Label

March 14, 2018

The four letters of the genetic code —A, C, G, and T—are projected onto Ryan Lingarmillar, a Ugandan. DNA reveals what skin color obscures: We all have African ancestors. This story is part of The Race Issue, a special issue of National Geographic that explores how race defines, separates, and unites us. Tell us your story with #IDefineMe.

STEM Students Want Universities to Address Racial Issues

January 24, 2018

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was not Tiana Young's first choice for college, even though Young wants to dual major in aeronautical and mechanical engineering, and the private university is one the top schools in the country for science, technology, math and engineering.

Black Legal Scholar Sues Campbell, Catholic Universities

December 15, 2017

Amos Jones, the Black law professor who in July accused Campbell University of refusing to tenure Blacks in its law school, has filed an 86-page lawsuit against the Baptist-affiliated school.

Environmental Classism/Racism and the Sides of Human Rights

December 7, 2017

On November 29th, Boston City Council unanimously passed a plastic bag ordinance that aims to reduce our reliance on disposable plastic bags. Stores will charge a 5-cent fee for each paper or sturdy plastic bag that they sell customers who come without a reusable bag.

Policymakers Can't Ignore the Overrepresentation of Black Students in Special Education

December 4, 2017

In their recent study featured in Education Week, Morgan, Farkas, Hillemeier, and Maczuga got it wrong in arguing that more black children should be identified with educational disabilities and challenging federal policies meant to address overrepresentation by race in special education

Studies Show Minimal Socialization Boost for Interracial Dorm Roommates

November 2, 2017

When Dr. Russell H. Fazio, a psychology professor at The Ohio State University, examined interracial relationships between Black and White dormitory roommates a while back, he found that the relationships were more likely to dissolve if the White student had a “negative racial attitude.”

White Perceptions of Affirmative Action

October 31, 2017

New results -- showing majority of white people believe they face discrimination -- surprise many. But attitudes, especially about college admission, don't always reflect the bias and disadvantages experienced by nonwhites or actual enrollment trends.

Asian American Students Still Struggling With Burden of Expectations

October 27, 2017

When Amy Chua published “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother ” in 2011, a book about how she raised two high-achieving daughters, people took notice. Chua is Chinese American and both daughters were on their way to Harvard, with an impressive roster of activities that included excelling at piano and violin.

Experts Tell Congress Free Speech on Campus "Essential"

October 27, 2017

In order to prepare students for the complex situations they will face in the world and the workplace, higher education leaders and government officials must resist efforts to restrict free speech on campus and keep colleges as places of “ongoing intellectual challenge,” a university president testified at a Congressional hearing Thursday.

Campus ‘Free Speech’ Bill Struck Down by Louisiana Governor

September 20, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. — A proposal aimed at protecting controversial speakers’ appearances at Louisiana colleges and calling on campuses to penalize students who disrupt them has been vetoed by Gov. John Bel Edwards, who described the bill as a “solution in search of a problem.”

Rural Areas Show Overall Population Decline and Shifting Regional Patterns of Population Change

September 12, 2017

The number of people living in rural (nonmetro) counties stood at 46.1 million in July 2016—14 percent of all U.S. residents spread across 72 percent of the nation’s land area.

Insensitive or Racist?

September 5, 2017

Study finds that students who deliver microaggressions are also likely to harbor racist attitudes.

How Women Select Majors

August 22, 2017

Study finds adherence to gender norms around femininity is linked to gender disparities in selection of programs of study.

The Missing Black Professors

August 22, 2017

Study of top public universities finds limited faculty diversity, yet signs of progress -- except for African-Americans in STEM.

U. of Florida Denies White Supremacist Richard Spencer’s Request for Event Space

August 17, 2017

The University of Florida has denied the National Policy Institute’s request to rent event space for Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who leads the organization, to speak on campus, the university’s president said in a statement on Wednesday.

Justice Department Will Target Affirmative Action

August 14, 2017

A bombshell report in The New York Times Tuesday night revealed that the U.S. Justice Department plans to investigate and sue colleges over their affirmative action policies in admissions.

Talk About Diverse Hiring Often Means Faculty. What About Staff?

June 30, 2017

When colleges talk about diverse hiring, much of the focus — and the funding — goes to recruiting and retaining faculty members from underrepresented minority groups. But a program in the works at the University of California at Berkeley is looking at new ways to elevate an overlooked cohort: minority staff in nonacademic areas, like student-affairs administrators and office managers.

Research Shows Increase in School Segregation in the South

June 27, 2017

Report by Civil Rights Project at UCLA, Center for Education and Civil Rights at Penn State finds intense segregation of Black and Latino students. Charter Schools are more segregated for Black and Latino Students.

Immigrant Farmworkers Less Likely to Use SNAP

June 26, 2017

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps low-income individuals and families purchase food is less likely to be used by eligible farmworkers who are immigrants, Hispanic, male, childless or residing in California, new research shows.

LGBTQ College Presidents: Work Not Over for Those Who are ‘Out’

June 5, 2017

The shift in public attitude is part of the larger context in which LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education continues its efforts to empower LGBTQ individuals in academe to navigate their way toward leadership positions and, ultimately, to presidencies at institutions of higher education.

Record Numbers of American Students Accepting Offers From Canadian Universities

May 22, 2017

Immediately after last year's presidential election, Canadian universities started to report record traffic on their websites, coming from American high school students. Then the universities started to report more trips to campus from south of the border. And more applications.

Professor Giving up a Tenure-track Job and Taking Family Back to Canada Over Racism

May 9, 2017

A professor of music theory at Elon University is walking away from the job she loves and moving back to Canada with no immediate other employment prospects. Why? Racism in the U.S. is taking a toll on her family.

Divinity, Diversity and Division

May 9, 2017

Professor calls diversity training workshop to which colleagues were invited a “waste,” setting off debate about inclusiveness and civility.

Two Community College Presidents Shattering Stereotypes

May 5, 2017

In 1972, Rowena Tomaneng’s parents moved their family from the Philippines to the Los Angeles area. Six years later, Thuy Thi Nguyen and her family were among “boat people” who left Vietnam. Each is a ­first-year college president.

Racial Incidents at 3 Campuses

May 2, 2017

Three campuses are experiencing heightened racial tensions following recent incidents: 1. Sit-In at St. Olaf; 2. Bananas have again become a source of racial tension at American University; 3. Mexican Stereotypes at Baylor Party.

Penn State Chapter Hosted National MANRRS Conference

April 13, 2017

On March 29-April 2nd, 2017, Penn State MANRRS Chapter traveled to Pittsburgh for the National MANRRS Conference.

Diverse Conversations: What Minority High School Students Need to Know About College

April 5, 2017

Companies are listing bachelor’s degrees as requirements on vacancy announcements. In addition, as technology replaces the work of employees in certain traditionally unskilled labor positions, the number of opportunities for those with just a high school diploma only seems to shrink.

New Budget Proposal May Hit Hispanic-Serving Institutions Hardest

March 20, 2017

After meeting with President Trump and members of Congress in late February, presidents of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) hoped that there might be more support for their institutions. Those hopes were not realized when the administration rolled out its budget proposal on Thursday.

Scholars: Student Hunger, Homelessness Underrecognized

March 16, 2017

Of all the students who visited the food pantry at Montgomery College in recent times, one that stood out for pantry worker and honors student Elizabeth Zabala is the young man who came to get something to eat for a specific assignment.