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Affirmative Action Has Got Nothing on White Privilege

Conversations about affirmative action underscore an ugly truth about America — that a country founded as a racial apartheid continues to dance around issues of race. On Wednesday December 9th, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, in what may turn out to be a landmark case regarding affirmative action … Continue reading

State Gives Up On Public Schools, Turns To Community Colleges

Apparently teaching kids to read and do math is not being done very well by the North Carolina public schools system. And the state legislature is considering giving up on the public schools to educate children and turning over the responsibility to the community colleges, which, according to statistics, are doing a lot of it … Continue reading

Undocumented Students Still Stressed Out

An Obama administration program that gives a temporary reprieve from deportation for certain undocumented students has helped the students access higher education and crucial work experiences, but the students still suffer disproportionately high levels of anxiety under the tenuous arrangement. Those were some of the key findings of a groundbreaking survey of undocumented students released … Continue reading

National Initiative Aims to Lift Minority Men

In an effort to improve the outcomes for underrepresented men of color at community colleges, a new national consortium is being launched with the intended purpose of strategizing over how best to serve this growing demographic. The initiative is being spearheaded by Drs. J. Luke Wood and Frank Harris III, co-directors of the Minority Male … Continue reading

Who Controls Your Dissertation?

In February 2012, I discovered that ProQuest was marketing my dissertation online through Amazon. At the time, I made little note of it, aside from a few passing grumbles. I didn’t suspect my dissertation was going to see wild sales, nor did I have particular qualms about it being made available. In fact, in 2010, … Continue reading

A Familiar Anger Begins to Boil Again in Mexico

The fate of 43 college students missing and presumed killed and burned to ashes in a mass abduction in September has bred ire and indignation in many corners of Mexico. Spectators held up posters with the faces of the students at a soccer match last week between Mexico and the Netherlands. Thousands of demonstrators, mostly teachers … Continue reading

New Rules for Human-Subject Research Are Delayed and Debated

When I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and director of a bioethics center there, helped to organize a conference in 2012 about the future of research on human subjects, he says he worried about being “late to the party.” In 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services hadfloated some ideas for … Continue reading