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May 03, 2011

It's Not Just About Jobs

Commentary in the Chronicle reminds us that the reasons for encouraging more Americans to undertake college work go far beyond workforce needs.

April 28, 2011

The AAUW Fires Back

The AAUW is unhappy with my Inside Higher Education commentary lamenting the closure of the investigation into college admissions preferences granted to men. Lisa Maatz from the AAUW offers up their side, denying that discrimination exists. Really? Even though countless admissions directors at priv...

April 22, 2011

The Aborted Investigation into Admissions Preferences

I explore the implications in a commentary for Inside Higher Education.

April 18, 2011

Affirmative Action Not for White Males?

That's the headline for this commentary. But actually, at many private colleges, it is.

April 11, 2011

Q & A with Gail Heriot

University of San Diego law professor Gail Heriot, as a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, persuaded the commission to undertake an investigation of college admissions bias favoring men. And she fought to keep the investigation alive when investigators argued to abandon the probe, saying...

April 10, 2011

College Enrollment Gap: Over 10 points

College enrollment data for 2010 high school graduates: 74 percent of females, 62.8 percent of men.

April 08, 2011

Bid to Revive College Admissions Bias Dies

Commission member Gail Heriot from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights fell short in her bid today to revive the investigation into college admissions bias against women. The official reason: the data received from colleges was apples and oranges. I've asked to interview Heriot for the blog. I'll g...

April 07, 2011

News Flash: Investigation into College Admissions Bias Not Quite Dead

Tomorrow, members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will consider a motion to revive the recently abandoned attempt to investigate college admissions bias against women (to draw in more men, even if they are less qualified). This issue contains some odd politics. On one hand, young men certai...

April 05, 2011

DePauw Examines its Gender Gaps

No "social engineering" needed at this point, advises the university president. But it could happen. That's a great euphemism -- "social engineering." First time I've heard that. Makes it sound like DePauw might execute a really cool science experiment. In fact, that's just a code phrase for disc...

March 18, 2011

The Muddled Politics of Male Gender Preferences

As Richard Kahlenberg points out in the Chronicle, the issue of colleges reaching deeper into their applicant pools to draw in male candidates muddies the political waters. The groups you would expect to complain the loudest about discrimination against women -- national feminist groups and the Amer...

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