Amy Jordan of the Annenberg Public Policy Center writes about the impact of social media on social action.
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Brandon Maughan of the Perelman School of Medicine wrote an op-ed about helping to inform health-care patients to make the best decisions for themselves.
Marybeth Gasman and doctoral student Ginger Stull, of the Graduate School of Education blog about evaluating the success of tribal colleges and universities.
Mathias Basner of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “The evidence that time spent working was the most prominent sleep thief was overwhelming.”
Christina Simeone of the Kleinman Energy Policy Center and Johnny Irizarry of La Casa Latina are mentioned for being named to Tom Wolf’s transition teams.
Noteworthy in Higher Education
Pushing public colleges and universities to increase graduation rates has become a key objective for President Obama and California Gov. Jerry Brown, among others, as they seek to hold higher education institutions more accountable. Encouraging students to get their degrees in four years rather than five or six — and, for community college students, in two years rather than three or four — will not only reduce tuition bills but free space for more students to enroll, many of these advocates say.
A national organization representing 26 sororities says that the ongoing ban on all Greek system activities at the University of Virginia is a violation of students’ rights. “We believe it does not serve the goal of changing campus culture and eliminating sexual assault to shut down the business activity of our fraternity and sorority chapters,” the National Panhellenic Conference said in a statement provided to The Washington Post.
Sam Stephenson was steeling himself for another round of college applications after his first choice, Johns Hopkins University, turned him down. Then the 17-year-old from Culpeper County in Virginia received an e-mail from Hopkins on Sunday afternoon that suggested he might still have reason to hope. “Embrace the YES!” it said in the subject line.
As growing numbers of students report sexual violence, those who seek justice through internal channels at colleges are learning that even when allegations are upheld, school officials are often reluctant to impose their harshest punishment on the attackers: expulsion. Federal data on college discipline obtained by The Washington Post suggest that students found responsible for sexual assault are as likely to be ordered to have counseling or given a reprimand as they are to be kicked out. They are much more likely to be suspended and then allowed to finish their studies.
At a women's college, gender should be the easiest qualification for entry. That's no longer the case. Women's colleges across the country are reconsidering their admission policies to adapt to a changing world in which gender norms are being challenged and more transgender students are seeking to enroll. It's a complicated calculus for many colleges, prompting concerns that these new considerations could affect the nature of single-gender schools.
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