Theodore Ruger of the Law School comments on the Supreme Court weighing an appeal of the Affordable Care Act.
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Susan Wachter of the Wharton School discusses low home ownership rates.
Laura Perna of the Graduate School of Education talks about statewide ACT and SAT testing and says, “We need to think carefully about what is the right test and if we need more than one.”
Patricia Henwood of the Perelman School of Medicine is mentioned for volunteering to help treat Ebola.
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The Problem - Blacks and Hispanics drop out at higher rates than others. For decades, colleges have tried to raise the number of black, Hispanic, and other underrepresented minority students enrolled in science- and engineering-related Ph.D. programs and in the professoriate. But success has been elusive. In the physical sciences, for example, federal data show blacks made up about 1 percent of doctoral recipients in 1992, and slightly more than 3 percent 20 years later. In that same field, Hispanics made up about 3 percent in 1992 and only 5 percent in 2012, the most recent year data are available. The percentages are similar in engineering.
The University of Maryland at College Park adopted a new sexual misconduct policy this month — with special procedures for investigation and discipline — after lengthy deliberations on fine points such as how to define sexual assault and what role attorneys should play. U-Md. President Wallace D. Loh, a former law professor, said this week he spent months “personally going over” the policy and “arguing with my legal counsel [and] with various groups on campus.” For example, Loh rejected a provision of a University System of Maryland policy that specifies two kinds of sexual assault, Loh said Tuesday in an interview with The Washington Post.
UC Berkeley’s administration is insisting that a campus speech by Bill Maher will proceed as scheduled in December despite opposition from students who say the offer should be rescinded to protest what they allege were anti-Muslim statements by the political satirist. Citing Maher’s right to free speech, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks said in a statement that “the invitation will stand, and [I look] forward to welcoming Mr. Maher to the Berkeley campus." The statement noted that the decision “does not constitute an endorsement” of any of Maher’s views although it supports the television personality’s right to express them. “More broadly, this university has not in the past and will not in the future shy away from hosting speakers who some deem provocative,” the statement said.
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