Friday, February 24, 2017

Colleges Try to Ease Immigrant Students' Stress as Government Steps Up Deportations

Kelly Field
February 24, 2017

The Trump administration’s recent moves to increase deportations of undocumented immigrants have colleges searching for ways to help immigrant students who fear authorities will target them or their families.

“There is deep anxiety and stress among our students. The fear and fear-mongering brought on by this administration cannot be overstated.” On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland issued new guidelines meant to increase arrests and speed deportations of undocumented immigrants. Those documents don’t affect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy of the Obama administration that allows young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children to remain in the United States to study or work. But President Trump’s new policies and threats to revoke DACA have caused widespread anxiety among "DACA­mented" students — those who successfully applied for DACA benefits — as well as other undocumented students on campuses.

In response, counseling centers, already stretched thin by rising demand for mental-health services, are adding new programs for these students; campus legal clinics are offering advice to them and their families; and many departments are creating spaces and forums where students can share their feelings of frustration and fear, or simply vent.

Read full story via the Chronicle of Higher Education here.

Asian Last Names Lead To Fewer Job Interviews, Still

Jenny J. Chen
February 23, 2017

What's in a name? A lot, according to a new study from researchers at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, both in Canada.

The study found that job applicants in Canada with Asian names — names of Indian, Pakistani or Chinese origin — were 28 percent less likely to get called for an interview compared to applicants with Anglo names, even when all the qualifications were the same. Researchers used data from a previous study conducted in 2011 where they sent out 12,910 fictitious resumes in response to 3,225 job postings. The previous study, also in Canada, similarly found that applicants with Anglo first names and Asian last names didn't fare much better than applicants with Asian first and last names.

Read full story via NPR here.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Vocal Critic of Office for Civil Rights Is Likely to Lead It

By Peter Schmidt
February 17, 2017 

Leading conservative activists are predicting that the Trump administration will put a prominent critic of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights in charge of it, to scale back its efforts.

Although the White House has yet to tip its hand on its pick as the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, speculation among plugged-in Republicans whose views have influenced other cabinet picks centers on two well-known conservative figures: Gail Heriot and Peter N. Kirsanow.
Both Ms. Heriot and Mr. Kirsanow are members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights who recently have accused the department of overreach in dealing with sexual assault and the rights of transgender students on college campuses. Both also have been vocal critics of colleges’ consideration of race in admissions and student housing.

Both Ms. Heriot and Mr. Kirsanow are members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights who recently have accused the department of overreach in dealing with sexual assault and the rights of transgender students on college campuses. Both also have been vocal critics of colleges’ consideration of race in admissions and student housing.

Read full story here

Friday, February 17, 2017

80 Cents on the Dollar

By Rick Seltzer
February 15, 2017

Higher education administration is still a man’s world if you’re measuring pay and position title.
A gender pay gap at the top levels of higher education leadership has persisted over the last 15 years, according to new research released Tuesday by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, known as CUPA-HR. A gulf between the number of men and women in the most prestigious, highest-paying jobs has not closed significantly, either.

Women working in administrative positions mostly filled by men did earn relatively more than many of their peers who work in positions largely filled by women -- and in a handful of cases, those outnumbered women earned more than their male counterparts. While that may offer little or no comfort to women administrators who believe in equal pay for equal work across the board, it could show that colleges and universities are attempting to recruit and keep women for positions in which they are underrepresented.

Read full article here.

Ball State University sees growth in minority workforce

The Herald Associated Press
February 16, 2017

The number of female employees at Ball State University is holding steady and the school's minority workforce is growing.

The university's director of affirmative action, Melissa Rubrecht, told The Star Press ( ) that its female population has been relatively stable over the past decade, at around 54 percent of the workforce.

The number of minorities working at the school increased from 8.9 percent to 11.5 percent in the last 10 years.

"This is a good indication over the last 10 years that we are moving in the right direction as far as increasing the demographics of our workforce," Rubrecht said.

The school had more than 3,900 employees at the end of October, when a workforce snapshot indicated that more affirmative action should be taken to recruit employees with disabilities.

Real the full article here.

EEOC Slows Rule On Affirmative Action Rule For Disabled

By Vin Gurrieri
February 15, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that it will impose a two-week delay of its regulations boosting federal agencies' hiring goals for individuals with disabilities and enhancing support services for those workers, citing a Trump administration directive to slow rules that haven’t yet taken effect.

Full article here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tenure, Women and Economics

Economics is still a field dominated by men. Why is that? While most undergraduate economics majors are male, a new study suggests that women who do go on to earn Ph.D.s in economics have a harder time earning tenure and getting promoted than do their male peers, and that the gender gap is even more pronounced among international Ph.D.s. Additionally, relatively more female economists than male economists leave academe within a tenure cycle of earning their Ph.D.s.

The study, to be presented at the upcoming meeting of the American Economic Association and currently under review for publication, stands out in that it examines early career outcomes from 57 economics Ph.D. programs, as opposed to just a handful of top programs.

Read the rest of the article here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The High School Graduate Plateau

December 6, 2016
A decade-long stagnation in the number of U.S. high school graduates is setting in, and the number of students receiving diplomas in 2017 is expected to drop significantly.
The stagnating number of graduates breaks nearly two decades of reliable increases and comes as significant demographic changes reshape where students live and from what backgrounds they come. The pool of high school graduates is projected to become less white, more Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander, and increasingly located in the South over the coming years, according to a new set of projections in a report released Tuesday by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Read more from Inside Higher Ed here.

Why Most of Us Won’t Get Tenure

 December 9, 2016 

The academic job market is bleak, as most certainly all of you reading this are well aware. Over the summer, Gawker gathered some personal stories to highlight just how bad things are out there. One adjunct wrote about how they work at Starbucks to make ends meet, while another realized the janitor at their institution makes more than they do.

Read more from Inside Higher Ed here.

Grand Valley State University Sued For Discriminating Against Conservative Students

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Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing a conservative student group at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) filed a federal lawsuit against the school last Wednesday after the students faced discrimination and threats of arrest from campus administrators.

Read more here.

Affirmative action works in HE admissions – just look at India

Affirmative action within higher education admissions naturally generates controversy because preferential admission granted to one student results in the exclusion of another.
There is also the question of whether affirmative action may actually harm, rather than help, the supposed beneficiaries – creating a “mismatch” by prompting students to attend selective colleges for which they are inadequately prepared.

Read more here.

Affirmative action for immigrants, haredim becomes law

Legislation requiring government offices to prioritize haredim and new immigrants in their hiring practices passed in a final vote Monday night.

The law will put olim and haredim under the existing legal umbrella of “appropriate representation” of various population groups in government offices and state-owned corporations.

Read more here.
For Immediate Release
December 12, 2016

CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield Calls For Increased Congressional Staff Diversity

Chairman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement in response to a recent report detailing the lack of diversity among staff in the U.S. Senate. “Recent news reports highlighting a study conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies on the lack of diversity in senior U.S. Senate staff positions reflect a longstanding injustice that keeps the workforce of the United States Congress lacking the diversity of our country. “The near complete absence of African American senior staff in personal and committee offices in the Senate is not reflective of the inclusiveness ideals of our government, and of our country. The CBC has long championed African American inclusion in all industries, and launched CBC TECH 2020 last year to promote diversity in the technology industry. But the fact that the United States Congress, an institution that was created to represent all people, still has not taken meaningful steps to increase diversity is disappointing and requires an immediate remedy. “There are talented African Americans ready, willing, and able to take leadership roles in the United States Senate and in the House. There are plenty of offices hiring, on both sides of the aisle, and in both chambers, where Senators and Representatives can hire talented African American candidates. Yet, from our records, with the start of the next Congress, the Senate is poised to have one African American Senate Chief of Staff and no African American staff directors if immediate action is not taken. “We have made progress in the diversity of the officials we elect to Congress, but the lack of senior African American staff within these offices is alarming. The CBC does not accept the excuses of tech companies for their lack of diversity, nor shall we accept excuses from others on an issue so critical. The United States Congress must lead by example. We call on our colleagues to increase the diversity on their staff and stand ready to help them source skilled and qualified candidates for these senior roles.” # # # Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns. For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power and statutory authority of the United States government to ensure that all U.S. citizens have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.

To learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus, visit Media inquiries: Candace Randle Person at (202) 593-1331 or

Civil and Human Rights Organization Oppose Confirmation of Jeff Sessions

Civil and Human Rights Organizations Oppose Confirmation of Jeff Sessions
Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Democratic Leader Reid, Chairman Grassley, and Ranking Member Leahy:
On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States, and the 144 undersigned organizations, we are writing to express our strong opposition to the confirmation of Senator Jefferson B. Sessions (R-AL) to be the 84th Attorney General of the United States.

Read more of the open letter here.

Civil Rights Groups Blast Betsy DeVos' 'Lack of Respect' for Student Diversity

A coalition of civil rights groups are registering their concern that education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos' track record does not square with the U.S. Department of Education's mission of "fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access" for all students.
At the same time, DeVos is pushing back on the specific idea that she favors school choice at the expense of public education. 

Read more from here.