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Are campus police departments diverse?

Boston Globe

May 31, 2016

A spate of high-profile shootings by police nationwide has prompted calls for greater diversity among municipal law enforcement agencies. But less attention has been focused on college police departments, where most officers are armed and have powers that are similar to state and city forces.

College Majors and Voting

Inside Higher Ed

May 31, 2016

On college campuses, voter turnout is low. But voting behavior varies widely across disciplines and regions, a new study finds.

Is It Time for Universities to Get Out of the Hospital Business?

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 31, 2016

It’s a divorce many research universities are watching as they’ve found themselves, in recent years, as much in the business of health care as education. It’s now common for medical centers to make up half a university’s budget. And while higher education may seem financially stressed, it pales in comparison to health care, said David M. Cutler, an applied-economics professor at Harvard University. "Change is basically happening everywhere. There’s no part of health care that’s being left untouched."

Not So Gainfully Employed

Inside Higher Ed

May 31, 2016

Students who enroll in certificate, associate and bachelor's programs at for-profit colleges and universities generally see a decline in earnings (and typically greater debt) five or six years after attendance, compared to their earnings before enrollment, according to a study released Monday.The study combines data from the U.S. Education Department (on enrollment of those receiving federal aid) and the Internal Revenue Service (on income levels). 

What the Slowdown in Ed-Tech Investment Means for Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 31, 2016

Silicon Valley has been enthusiastically throwing money into education companies in recent years, leading to a boom in the so-called ed-tech sector. But those investment dollars have slowed down this year, leading some to wonder whether higher education will now face fewer attempts at "disruption" from the business sector.



1.4 million college kids will drink alcohol today

Washington Post

May 30, 2016

On any given day in America, roughly 1.4 million college students between the ages of 18 and 22 — or more than 1 out of every 8 American undergrads — will drink alcohol, according to new data from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Veterans Deserve a Chance in College, Not a Free Pass

New York Times - Op-Ed

May 30, 2016

Alexander McCoy writes: Thanks to a misguided effort to recognize service members’ military experience through awarding them college credit, many veterans are being allowed to skip basic lessons when they begin higher education. The result is an education that sells short the veterans who worked so hard to earn it.

Colleges Pledge to Send More Students Abroad

The Atlantic

May 27, 2016

The young Americans who spend time abroad during college look little like the students at universities across the United States. But there is a growing effort from schools, nonprofits, businesses, and even the federal government to make sure the students who go abroad are an accurate reflection of the nation’s college campuses.

Inside Student Radicalism

New York Times - Op-Ed

May 27, 2016

David Brooks writes: This situation — a patina of genteel progressivism atop a churning engine of amoral meritocracy — is inherently unstable and was bound to produce a counterreaction. In his essay “The Big Uneasy,” in the current issue of The New Yorker, Nathan Heller describes life at Oberlin College in Ohio. In his penetrating interviews with the activist students you can see how the current passion for identity politics grows, in part, as a reaction against both sides of campus life.

New rules, old fight: Critics say U.S. proposals on implementing education law are heavy handed

Washington Post

May 27, 2016

The U.S. Education Department issued proposed regulations Thursday (see text below) to give states “the clarity they need” to implement the new K-12 education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act. What’s clear is that the proposed regulations instantly sparked a new battle with some critics who charged the Obama administration with continuing to insert itself in issues where it doesn’t belong.
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