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America’s schools of education must improve

For all the time, money and brainpower spent on improving the academic performance of America’s public school children, some things never seem to change. African-American students consistently lag behind their peers in reading.

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In U.S., most reject considering race in college admissions

Two-thirds of Americans believe college applicants should be admitted solely based on merit, even if that results in few minorities being admitted, poll finds.

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Nomination of first Muslim student to university board draws anger from some Jewish groups

UC Berkeley senior Sadia Saifuddin would be the first observant Muslim student to serve on the UC Board of Regents if her appointment as student regent-designate is confirmed.

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College sports earns 'B' for race and gender hiring

Twelve and a half percent of Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches in 2012 were African-American, according to the annual Race and Gender Report Card released Wednesday by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics and Sport, but that number may slip in next year's study.

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Fisher v. UT Austin case provides little insight for college admissions officers

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin provides little guidance for admissions officers looking to reassess their own affirmative action policies.

The Supreme Court issued a 7-1 decision on Monday, June 24 directing the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reexamine the case, saying it applied the incorrect standard of review and therefore the case shouldn’t have even reached a higher court. It did not, however, comment on the merits of UT Austin’s admissions policy.

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Higher education summit highlights research on Asian-American, Pacific Islander-serving schools

Among the 153 U.S. colleges and universities eligible to become federally designated as Asian-American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), only 78 of those schools have sought and been granted the distinction since federal program was launched.

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The next affirmative action?

The Supreme Court just made it harder for universities to defend race-based affirmative action. Will they try using class instead?

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Wealthier college students share, connect more on Facebook, study says

Social media may have to reconsider its reputation as the great equalizer: according to a new study, college students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less likely than their wealthier peers to communicate and share on Facebook, behavior the study's author argues could in turn be detrimental to academic performance and social life.

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Babson to offer formal apology to Brandeis for anti-Semitic incidents, 35 years later

Babson College was to offer a formal apology on Wednesday for an incident 35 years ago in which its students shouted anti-Semitic remarks and displayed symbols that are offensive to Jews during a soccer game against Brandeis University.

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Affirmative action ruling seen spurring suits against colleges

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action may force universities to re-examine their admissions policies and face waves of litigation about race-based admission.

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