Iwan Barankay of the Wharton School speaks about businesses relying on bonuses.
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James McGann of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses American think tanks.
Kermit Roosevelt of the Law School shares his thoughts on the Department of Veterans Affairs decision not to comment on a suit involving the agency denying spousal benefits to gay veterans unless the state where they lived when they wed or applied for benefits recognizes their marriages.
Alison Sweeney of the School of Arts & Sciences is interviewed about studying the sex lives of corals.
President Amy Gutmann says, “These prizes invite students to think creatively, on a large scale, about the meaning of engagement.”
Noteworthy in Higher Education
The New York Times is entering the college-ratings game. Sorta. Kinda. Next month it plans to unveil "a new ranking of colleges and universities based on their ability to attract underprivileged kids." Or at least that’s how the project is billed on the agenda for the Schools for Tomorrow conference that the newspaper is holding next week in New York City. That the Times is getting into ratings is notable. And it is doing so in a way that is likely to please many opponents of the popular rankings by U.S. News & World Report (due out the day after the Times is scheduled to unveil its new project). Critics of the U.S. News rankings argue that they contribute to a lack of socioeconomic diversity, by creating incentives for colleges to spend on things like bigger faculty salaries and smaller class sizes, rather than student aid for financially needy students.
Seoul is the largest city of origin for international students coming to the United States and China, of course, the largest source country. The New York City metro area is the top destination for international students, but Ithaca, home to Cornell University, has the highest concentration of international students approved for F-1 visas relative to the overall student population. Metro areas with the fastest increases in F-1 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in recent years include Corvallis, Ore., home to Oregon State University; Dayton, Ohio, home to Wright State University; Tuscaloosa, Ala., home to the University of Alabama; Louisville, Ky., home to the University of Louisville; and Eugene, Ore., home to the University of Oregon.
The University of Virginia will require most faculty and staff to report possible sexual misconduct they learn about from students, even if the students request confidentiality, under a policy announced this week. Exceptions will be made for health-care and counseling personnel who are considered “confidential employees,” U-Va. president Teresa A. Sullivan wrote in an e-mail to the campus community. Students may talk privately with these designated employees, Sullivan said, without triggering the possibility of a formal internal inquiry.
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