Here’s a roundup of the education articles that caught Next America’s eye from Mar. 3 to Mar. 10. All address trends that particularly affect minority students.
University of California Still Struggles to Meet Diversity Goals. Eighteen years after California banned affirmative action in college admissions, the state’s most selective public university system is still struggling to meet diversity goals, UC officials say in a friend-of-the-court brief submitted to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is in the process of reviewing an almost identical ban at Michigan’s public universities. The Wall Street Journal
Education and President Obama’s 2015 Budget. The president’s proposed budget for next year includes a $100 increase to the maximum Pell Grant award, $7 billion over 10 years to reward colleges that do a good job of graduating Pell recipients, and $4 billion over four years to encourage states to maintain higher-education spending. The Chronicle of Higher Education has all the details, including proposed percent increases and decreases in higher-education funding. The Chronicle of Higher Education
States With Fast-Growing Student Populations Spend Least On Education. The number of K-12 public-school students in both Nevada and Arizona is expected to grow 20 percent over the next decade. Utah will grow by 19 percent, Texas by 15 percent, and Florida by 14 percent, according to federal projections. Those states all happen to fall in the bottom 10 states in an Education Week list of state public education expenditures per pupil. Hispanic students will account for almost all the net growth in school population. The Atlantic
Do Transfer Students Earn Less? A working paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that they might. In Texas, transfer students from non-flagship four-year and community colleges who graduate from the University of Texas at Austin go on to earn between 11 percent and 14 percent less than students who enroll in the state flagship as freshmen. Students who transfer to non-flagship four-year universities go on to earn 2-4 percent less than students who enroll as freshmen. The Chronicle of Higher Education
Cost Increasingly Drives Student Enrollment Decisions. Students are turning down offers from their first-choice colleges in order to head to a less expensive university, according to the annual freshman survey conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California (Los Angeles). Students still say that academic reputation and job prospects are the most important factors in picking a college or university, but since 1973 increasing numbers of freshmen surveyed have also cited availability of financial aid. The Chronicle of Higher Education
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"Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who wrote the explosive dossier alleging ties between Donald Trump and Russia," says in a new book by The Guardian's Luke Harding that "Trump's land and hotel deals with Russians needed to be examined. ... Steele did not go into further detail, Harding said, but seemed to be referring to a 2008 home sale to the Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev. Richard Dearlove, who headed the UK foreign-intelligence unit MI6 between 1999 and 2004, said in April that Trump borrowed money from Russia for his business during the 2008 financial crisis."
"The British publicist who helped set up the fateful meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a group of Russians at Trump Tower in June 2016 is ready to meet with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's office, according to several people familiar with the matter. Rob Goldstone has been living in Bangkok, Thailand, but has been communicating with Mueller's office through his lawyer, said a source close to Goldstone."
"Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak said on Wednesday that it would take him more than 20 minutes to name all of the Trump officials he's met with or spoken to on the phone. ... Kislyak made the remarks in a sprawling interview with Russia-1, a popular state-owned Russian television channel."