Category Archives: Students

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Hillary Clinton Proposes Student-Loan Deferments for Entrepreneurs

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, on Tuesday proposed allowing entrepreneurs to defer making federal student-loan payments as a way to encourage them to create more jobs, the Associated Press reported.

Mrs. Clinton told an audience at a rally in Colorado that, under her proposal, entrepreneurs and their early employees would be able to defer payments on their loans for up to three years.

Also under the plan, graduates whose businesses provide social benefits could…

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ACT Will Change Scoring Scale for Writing Test

The ACT plans to change the score range for the optional writing test on its college-entrance examination, the organization announced on Tuesday. Starting this fall, the writing test will be scored on a 2-to-12 scale. The writing test itself will not change, according to a news release.

Last year the ACT revised the writing test, and students began receiving results on the same 1-to-36 scale used on the multiple-choice exam. But the change caused confusion, ACT officials say. “Converting the …

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U. of S.C. President Says Fraternities May Be Able to Avoid Ban on Pledging

Fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina at Columbia may be able to avoid a proposed ban on the pledging process if they clean up their acts, the university’s president says.

The proposed policy, which university officials first put forward in May, would abolish the formal pledging period and replace it with several new processes, including a university-run education, training, and assessment program for students interested in joining Greek-letter organizations. “We thin…

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Monmouth U. Will Keep Woodrow Wilson’s Name on Campus Building

Monmouth University has decided to keep Woodrow Wilson’s name on a campus building that honors him, following discussions on the New Jersey campus of his segregationist views, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The university said in a written statement that its board had required that “significant steps” be taken to foster a “comprehensive and balanced understanding” of the former president’s legacy.

“Moving forward,” the university said, “the board charged the administration with sharing a more c…

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67 Colleges Will Take Part in Education Dept.’s Pell-for-Prisoners Program

Sixty-seven institutions of higher education will participate in the U.S. Education Department’s pilot program to make Pell Grants available to prison inmates, the department announced on Friday.

The department announced the program in July of last year. Its rollout comes more than 20 years after Congress prohibited inmates from receiving Pell Grants.

“The evidence is clear,” said the U.S. education secretary, John B. King Jr., in a news release. “Promoting the education and job training for inc…

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Why Twitter Is Calling Abigail Fisher ‘Becky With the Bad Grades’: A Brief Explainer

After the Supreme Court upheld the use of race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin in a 4-to-3 decision on Thursday morning, Twitter did what Twitter does best: generated a pop-culture mashup.

The hashtag #BeckyWithTheBadGrades started trending. It refers both to Abigail N. Fisher, the white female student who sued to overturn the university’s affirmative-action policy after she was denied admission, and to a Beyoncé lyric from the song “Sorry” off her most recent album, Le…

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3 Key Takeaways From the Supreme Court’s Decision on Race-Conscious Admissions

To many observers, the Supreme Court’s 4-to-3 decision on Thursday that upheld the use of race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin came as a surprise.

Even inside the court, it seems: “Something strange has happened,” wrote Justice Samuel A. Alito in the first line of his dissent, “since our prior decision in this case.” In 2013 the court ruled that a lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, had not applied enough scrutiny to Austin’s admissions program…

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Supreme Court Upholds Use of Race-Conscious Admissions at U. of Texas

[Updated (6/23/2016, 12:42 p.m.) with reactions.]

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, putting an apparent end to one of the most closely watched cases in higher education.

Read the opinion.

The plaintiff in the case, Abigail N. Fisher, had accused the Austin campus in 2008 of discriminating against her after she was denied admission. She subsequently graduated from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.

The 4-to-3…

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ACT Plans Center to Help Underserved Students Succeed in College and Work Force

These days, everyone’s talking about “equity,” and now a testing company has affixed the word to a new effort. The company behind the ACT on Wednesday announced plans for a Center for Equity in Learning, which will focus on helping underserved students succeed in college and the work force.

At a news conference in Washington, officials from ACT Inc., in Iowa City, said the center would conduct research on — and develop strategies for — closing achievement gaps. The center plans to collaborat…

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Fellow Philosophers Criticize Yale Scholar for Alleged Sexual Harassment

More than 200 philosophers across the country have signed an open letter criticizing a Yale University professor who was accused of sexual harassment, BuzzFeed reported on Monday.

The professor, Thomas Pogge, was accused in a federal civil-rights complaint of sexually harassing students.

The letter says the behavior described by Mr. Pogge’s accusers “violates the norms of appropriate professional conduct.” The signers say that “based on the information that has been made public, we strongly cond…