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January 6, 2016

What goes on behind closed doors when professors decide who should get chance to earn a Ph.D.? Author of new book was allowed to watch. She saw elitism, a heavy focus on the GRE and some troubling conversations

December 18, 2015

America is more diverse than ever -- and only getting more so. According to the Census Bureau, more than half of children in the U.S. are expected to be part of a minority race or ethnic group by 2020. But even though we have more cultures in the mix, age-old racial stereotypes still hold some people back both personally and professionally.

November 23, 2015

Just how well do the professors at America's top colleges reflect the country's race and gender breakdowns? Each year, universities are required to report diversity data to the National Center for Education Statistics, a branch of the Department of Education. Unsurprisingly, the numbers show that the teaching staff at America's universities are much whiter and much more male than the general population, with Hispanics and African Americans especially underrepresented. At some schools, like Harvard, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and Princeton, there are more foreign teachers than Hispanic and black teachers combined. The Ivy League's gender stats are particularly damning; men make up 68 percent and 70 percent of the teaching staff at Harvard and Princeton, respectively.

November 12, 2015

It’s an uncomfortable and unacceptable shame ― nearly two decades into a new millennium ― that the work to integrate college and university faculty and administration remains undone.

November 10, 2015

University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday, amid protests and calls for his resignation from the student body, faculty, state legislators and even the football team. Similar situations at institutions such as Yale University and Ithaca College take place as students continue to protest administrative indifference to racial intolerance on campus. Now, eyes across the country are turning to Mizzou to watch as the story continues to unfold.

October 30, 2015

Recently, Black students at UCLA have reignited the hashtag #BlackBruinsMatter after a predominantly White fraternity and predominantly White sorority threw a racially themed costume party. It seems yearly, particularly during Halloween and back-to-campus celebrations, White students on predominantly White campuses are in the news for overtly racist actions.

October 23, 2015

A TEXAS high school student and his mother recently called attention to a curious line in a geography textbook: a description of the Atlantic slave trade as bringing “millions of workers” to plantations in the American South. McGraw-Hill Education, the publisher of the textbook, has since acknowledged that the term “workers” was a misnomer.

October 21, 2015

The federal law known as Title IX is meant to protect students from discrimination based on their gender identity. But many gay, lesbian, and transgender students say they face an array of challenges and safety issues on their campuses. The Chronicle interviewed more than a dozen of them to hear more about what keeps them from thriving in college. Here’s a glance at some of the many issues they talked about:

October 15, 2015

Women received smaller raises than men even when evaluations show comparable levels of performance, according to a paper recently co-authored by Aparna Joshi of the Penn State Smeal College of Business. “It was not that women systematically under-performed relative to men. In fact, we found no significant difference in the performance of women and men holding similar jobs,” said Joshi, professor of management and organization at Smeal. “What happened instead was that employers systematically underrewarded women who performed relatively similarly to and sometimes even higher than men.”

October 15, 2015

When it comes to educating U.S. teens in math, schools play a significant factor in reinforcing, and even worsening, the inequalities between students from upper-income families and their low-income peers

October 14, 2015

In the last 10 years, Hispanic students have improved in terms of high school completion and college enrollment, but still struggle to earn a degree and fill higher-paying jobs. Malfaro, who spoke at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ 29th Annual Conference at the Fontainebleau Hotel, said the United States is in a “crucial period of public education reform” and struggles to address the needs Hispanic learners ― who are poorer than their White counterparts and often fall victim to a system based heavily on standardized testing.

October 12, 2015

For most Americans, Columbus Day is little more than a day off and a chance to get some final sunshine before winter. For the descendants of the indigenous populations of the Americas, it must feel rather different. Native Americans and other campaigners have been calling for a “reimagining” of Columbus Day. Rather than lionizing — or simply commemorating — the Italian-born explorer, they say, the day should focus on those who lived on this side of the Atlantic for thousands of years beforehand. What happened to them, they believe, has been sidelined, and almost wiped from the history books.

September 24, 2015

My self-esteem demons of elementary school, middle school, high school, and even college were dealt a serious blow as Viola Davis made her acceptance speech at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards.

September 24, 2015

The 2015 Celebración de Excelencia kicked off Tuesday night with recognition of the 2015 Examples of Excelencia, or programs that are advancing Latino academic success.

September 11, 2015

In a move largely aimed at stepping up the recruitment and support of Black students, the University of California-Berkeley has announced that it is seeking to launch a privately-run African-American student scholarship fund and is taking steps toward making the flagship campus a more welcoming environment for African-American students, faculty, and staff.

August 27, 2015

For years there has been mounting evidence that U.S. schools suspend and expel African-American students at higher rates than white students. A new study by the University of Pennsylvania singles out 13 Southern states where the problem is most dire. Schools in these states were responsible for more than half of all suspensions and exclusions of black students nationwide.

August 27, 2015

It is a common adage: those who do not know their history are destined to repeat it. But what happens when people are taught the incorrect accounts of their history? For students of color across the country, the account of history they learn in school doesn’t easily reconcile with what they’re taught at home.

August 11, 2015

Over the past 50 years, affirmative action has helped transform college student populations from monotone to vibrant and diverse. The positive impact of affirmative action on the diversity of college campuses is hard to deny. The National Conference of State Legislatures reports that affirmative action programs have doubled, and in some cases tripled, the number of minority applicants to colleges and universities. When California banned affirmative action in 1998, minority admittance at UC Berkeley dropped 61 percent, and, at UCLA, it fell 36 percent. Recently, Michigan banned affirmative action for admittance to public universities, and the U.S. Supreme Court may rule on it on a federal level soon. The process that was created during the height of the Civil Rights movement in America may soon be officially considered outdated, and even unfair, by the higher judicial powers.

August 11, 2015

Former U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton unveiled her higher education plan at a campaign stop on Monday. Clinton’s New College Compact is a far-ranging proposal that extends beyond solving the problem of excessive student debt and rising college tuition costs.

July 16, 2015

After all, 30% of farmers in the U.S. are women. In 2012, there were nearly 970,000 female farm operators in the U.S. — 30% of the total number. And anyone who's ever worked in agriculture could tell you that's nothing new. Women have played a huge role in farm life since ... well, forever. And yet, the primary image we see of farmers remains rather, well, dudely.