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Why We Need a ‘Scholarship of Belonging’

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
Universities are in a defining moment, where they must themselves embrace the values they hope to see reflected in society.
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How the Teacher’s Race Affects the Teaching of Race

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
Two professors, one white and one Indian, consider a dilemma: If you’re white, students assume you have no experience with race. But if you’re not white, you have no authority to teach about it.
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Want Students With Drive and Grit? Look in Community Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
If universities are truly invested in creating new types of knowledge, they must look beyond their peer institutions when recruiting graduate students.
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Glitches at a Conference Illustrate the Challenges Immigrant Families Face

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
How would English speakers feel if a quarter of their audience walked out because of a comprehension problem?
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For the Nation’s Health, Medical Schools Must Become More Diverse

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
Despite decades of effort, diversity in medicine has not kept up with the growing diversity of the population.
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Forum: What Does a Genuine Commitment to Diversity Look Like?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
We asked a group of commentators 
to answer the question. Here’s what they told us.
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Auditing Diversity

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
Assessments can force officials to be introspective about their commitment to diversity and pinpoint which efforts to tackle first.
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How Do You Create a Diversity Agenda?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
Many plans fail to connect different parts of a campus, but some colleges have found ways to broaden the conversation.
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Diversity in Academe: Who Sets a College's Diversity Agenda?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 15, 2016 - 4:30pm
True diversity remains a struggle for many colleges. This special report looks at who actually sets a college’s diversity agenda, and what makes that agenda flourish or flop. These questions have taken on a special urgency as race-related protests have erupted on many campuses and as the nation’s population grows more diverse. 
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For Her Last 18 Months at Harvard, Endowment Chief Got $13.8 Million

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 13, 2016 - 12:47pm
The chief officer of Harvard's $37-billion endowment had spent more than six years in the job.
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Helping Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students

U.S. Department of Education Blog - May 13, 2016 - 7:00am

By the time Landon – a high school student in Massachusetts – entered his freshman year, he had already been in and out of the hospital for multiple suicide attempts. He had been pulled out of school because he wasn’t able to get through the day, and he needed medication to sleep.

Today, Landon is back in school – a vocational school he transferred to as a sophomore, after coming out to friends and family as a transgender boy – and things have gotten a little easier for him. Landon’s new school is committed to treating every student with dignity and respect, and together they have found ways to allow Landon to survive and thrive in his new surroundings. But getting there has taken time, and the path hasn’t always been clear.

In recent months, we’ve heard from a growing chorus of educators, parents, and students around the country about the need for guidance on how schools can successfully support transgender students and non-transgender students in compliance with federal civil rights laws. In fact, just this week, the National Association of Secondary School Principals called for the Department to release guidance and best practices on creating an inclusive and respectful environment. Schools want to do right by all of their students and have looked to us to provide guidance on steps they can take to ensure that every student is comfortable at their school, is in an environment free of discrimination, and has an opportunity to thrive.

Today, in response to those requests, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance to schools explaining how federal law prohibiting sex discrimination affects schools’ obligations toward transgender students. The Department of Education also released a compilation of examples of ways that schools across the country are already successfully supporting transgender students.

The resources we released today give schools like Landon’s the guidance they’ve been asking for to navigate issues they may be confronting for the first time. The Departments’ guidance identifies the key requirements that schools need to keep in mind to comply with Title IX and other federal laws. The companion document offers real-life examples of how schools are making sure transgender and all students have a safe and respectful learning environment. Both documents show that protecting transgender students’ right to be who they are does not harm other students; instead, they show that equality for transgender students is not only required by law but achievable through common-sense approaches that foster safety and a positive learning environment for all students.

The documents address common questions – like how to handle educational records of transgender students and how to address harassment of transgender students. They also highlight sensible ways that schools around the country have been able to address concerns from other students and parents without infringing upon transgender students’ civil rights. The guidance does not require any student to use shared bathrooms or changing spaces, when, for example, there are other appropriate options available; and schools can also take steps to increase privacy within shared facilities.  And it reiterates that Title IX does not prohibit medically- and scientifically-sound requirements to ensure physical safety and competitive fairness in school sports.

Taken together, we hope these new resources assist everyone – from state and local leaders to educators to students and families – about how to create a safe, welcoming, and supportive learning environment for every student.

Catherine E. Lhamon is Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, and Vanita Gupta is Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

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How George Mason Became Koch’s Academic Darling

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 13, 2016 - 2:56am
Through his foundation, the billionaire libertarian Charles G. Koch has given millions to the university. For some faculty members, that raises concerns about his influence.
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Video: Pentagon's Research Arm Seeks Wider Relationship With University Scientists

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 13, 2016 - 2:55am
Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, discusses the importance of university research and new projects involving academic scientists.
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What Do the Authors of Sci-Hub’s Most-Downloaded Articles Think About Sci-Hub?

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 13, 2016 - 2:55am
We spoke with a few of them, and for the most part, they had no problem with being popular on the piracy network.
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Early Evidence: The College Scorecard Made a Difference, but Only for Some Groups of Students

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 13, 2016 - 2:55am
New research finds that the government’s college-comparison tool had an impact, but that it was concentrated among advantaged students.
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Obama Administration to Issue Directive on Transgender Access to Bathrooms

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 12, 2016 - 11:35pm
The order carries an implicit threat that institutions that do not comply could lose access to federal funds.
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CUNY's Faculty Union Votes to Authorize Strike

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 12, 2016 - 4:03pm
The move followed New York lawmakers' passage last month of a state budget that included no money for faculty-pay increases.
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Nevada Higher-Education Chancellor Resigns After Email Scandal

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 12, 2016 - 12:28pm
But Daniel J. Klaich maintains that messages saying he created a false document about higher-education funding were taken out of context.
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Graduate Students Sue Mizzou Over Right to Form a Union

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 12, 2016 - 12:23pm
The lawsuit represents the latest agitation between the university and its grad students, a feud that has been brewing since last year.
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Student Reporter Interviews Obama. First Question? The Fafsa.

Chronicle of Higher Education - May 12, 2016 - 11:27am
The president was interviewed by the editor of The Daily Targum in advance of next Sunday's commencement at Rutgers University.
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